This aspect of birth is often left out of the stories (read Think Birth's article, which includes a water birth video). When creating a birth plan, it is often the overlooked part of preparations. Most birth plans focus on contraction management (first stage), some will extend to the birth itself (second stage), but few will continue onto the birth of the placenta.
Leaving this out of preparation can take a wonderful labour and birth, and turn it into a less than wonderful experience. The moments of meeting your baby interrupted by the standard protocols of birthing the placenta. (see this peer reviewed article about women's experiences birthing the placenta)
There is an unspoken reality lurking in the undertones of maternity care.
It is sinister and unconscious, a toxic unawareness that seeps into all communications and puts the weight of responsibility and expectation onto The Woman.
I will call this The Game of Birth.
Birth, for the modern human, is not without difficulty.
Does it all come down to luck,
or is it a matter of Good Management?
or could it be something else?
Most people hear birth plan and think of something set in stone, something that has to be followed to the letter and has no room for error. Something that is inflexible, rigid and ultimately impossible to achieve. Birth is unpredictable, so surely it is pointless to plan.
Selected Articles by Catherine around the web:
bellabirth.wordpress.com | evolutionary parenting | pregnancy.com.au |
| birth without fear | newborn mothers | PBBMedia |