Scientific Birth is birth as nature intended, without intervention. Technological Birth relates to the interventions. Understand both. Determine for yourself whether or not a technological aspect to your birth is necessary.
Go with the Flow or pack a Paddle?
Who you birth with (care provider and non-medical support) will influence how technical your birth will be, so if a scientific birth is important to you - align your support with that. Midwives take a more scientific approach, generally. So choosing a midwife is a good starting point. BUT Choose carefully.
If you are very fortunate (and it is a sad state of affairs that fortune determines the availability of this choice) you might choose a private/independent midwife. You can then have your baby at home; safe, undisturbed and supported. The continuity of care offered by an independent midwife is known to lead to better outcomes (as in less intervention and better satisfaction as reported by the mother).*
Midwife in a Birth Centre
The next best way to align yourself with a scientific birth, is an assigned midwife in a birth centre. You will have the same midwife throughout your antenatal care, and for the birth. Some of the antenatal care will be technical, but appointments will allow time for more personal and scientific considerations. The downside, is the post-birth care. You are shunted from the maternity care into motherhood without continuity.
If a birth centre is not available to you, you may find a continuity care midwife program in a hospital. Chances are your appointments will be short and technical. Again, post-birth you will be shunted into motherhood without continuity.
From here, you start moving into technical territory, and it will take a lot more effort on your part to have a scientific birth. Keeping in mind, that none of these options exclude you from a technological birth, but you will find a scientific birth much harder once away from continuity care.
A midwife-led team approach in a low risk, low intervention hospital can be scientific, but will involve technological antenatal care and increases your likelihood of a technological birth. You see a random midwife at each appointment, so may repeat yourself or receive inconsistent information. You will get the rostered on midwife on the day of your birth, which could be great or not.
If you choose obstetric care for your 'low risk' pregnancy, you can expect a technological birth. You will be supported by random midwives during your birth, your obstetrician may make an appearance during first stage (labour), but not in a supportive fashion. They will return in time for the actual birth, take over and instruct you. If you are very lucky, you will get a scientifically minded OB, or simply birth before they get a chance to interfere. This is a private option, meaning it will cost you financially. Hopefully it won't cost you emotionally or physically**. This option is ideal for those welcoming of technological birth, or needing to arrange a caesarean.
With ALL of these options, you have the option of triangulating your birth experience. Just as triangulation makes navigation more accurate, it leads to a more informed, support and confident birth experience.
And how do you do this, I here you ask!
Informed Birth Preparation.
The triangle can be completed by adding in independent childbirth classes, ABA breastfeeding education and the services of a Birth Cartographer (I happen to know one if you are interested). These options are scientific in approach, informing you of technological aspects, but focusing on your undeniable ability to birth scientifically.
Independent Childbirth Classes
The independent classes are great to attended, if they are offered in your area. They do not provide continuity of care, but they do inform you and prepare you with techniques that focus on scientific birth.
ABA Breastfeeding Classes
An independent breastfeeding education class with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is invaluable. ABA also provides support post birth (if you want continuity of support, join your local group).
I am the only Birth Cartographer, and I can support you remotely. Many doulas offer birth planning services as part of their preparation meetings.
Birth Doulas and Postpartum Doulas
Some doulas also offer post-partum support, but sometimes you need to seek them as separate service. So there is some limit to the continuity you achieve here. That said, the support of a doula (for birth preparation, birth support, fourth trimester care) is proven to be beneficial.
This is what prompted me to create the services that I offer. Starting with Birth Cartography, I help you create your Birth Map. I am available to mentor you though your final weeks/days before you birth and through the Fourth Trimester. I can also continue this support through the first year. I check in on you regularly, and am available for you to contact as you need.
The benefit of this, is you do not have to repeat your story, we develop a real relationship.
If you wish to take a scientific approach to birth and parenting: I am here for you
*In a few places, you may be able to access a public-funded homebirth program, but you do get what your pay for. These programs have very tight rules and strict protocols - which is actually a very technical approach.
**For low risk women hoping for a scientific birth under these circumstances, it can be traumatic to experience this approach to birth. It is impersonal and can led to unnecessary and unwanted interventions.
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