07 Mar '12, 3pm

Birth uncut: how women were turned off natural childbirth - News - The Ecologist

Birth uncut: how women were turned off natural childbirth - News - The Ecologist

Sarah Davies Senior midwifery lecturer at the University of Salford, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, is very clear about their toxic influence: ‘Anybody watching could be forgiven for thinking ‘I don't want to give birth like that'. Inevitably the women and their support partners are portrayed as frightened and out of control. The women are always on their backs - something that is frankly inexcusable under so-called midwifery care. They are hooked up to monitors which draw more of the midwife's focus and attention than the woman herself. They are told when to push, when not to push, what drugs to take.' What is more says Davies such programmes inevitably portray birth as a battle between mother and baby ‘as if the two were in opposition'. Certainly no mention is made of the benefits of birth for the baby, such as preparing its lungs for life in the air.

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