08 September 2008

Birth as an American Rite of Passage

I finally finished this book yesterday (along with a few other assignments). Very interesting on the rites and rituals performed in the medical model of birth and why women choose to birth this way. Really helped me understand why I feel called toward midwifery. And I didn't even have bad births. Which makes me want to respond to Letisha's blog:


Since it is labor day and what woman does not love to hear about other labor stories? So here we go!

How long were your labors?
#1: 4.5 hours
#2: 3.5 hours - today is his birthday!
#3 & #4: 5.5 hours

How did you know you were in labor?
#1: I went in for a 5-day late checkup and the monitor showed me having contractions. I could't feel them so I went home. After my water broke, it was labor.
#2: I was grocery shopping and having to stop every few minutes to catch my breath. Got home and after an hour of contractions while watching TV realized that maybe it was real contractions.
#3 & #4: Contractions woke me up.

Where did you deliver?
#1 - a natural birth suite at a hospital
#2 - at home with Certified Nurse Midwife
#3 & #4 - unassisted birth of twins at home, and YES IT WAS PLANNED

#1 - I opted for Demerol after it was heavily pushed on me; if only I'd known that I was so close to the end I would've refused

No way no how was I going to opt for a "Planned Cesarean" of twins as my "only" choice, so we stayed home.

Who Delivered?
I "birthed" my babies. Delivery is for pizzas.

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At 5:43 PM, Blogger Emily said...

I read that book too. Very interesting look at things we take for granted in our culture. I like your last answer!!

At 2:05 AM, Blogger rcsnickers said...

Very good "delivery is for pizza!" I have wanted to read that. Actually, I think Sarah bought it. hmmmm

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Don't feel like you want to read the book. It is slooooooow reading. And it was torture getting through the first half.

At 4:19 AM, Blogger Ruth Ann said...

*Delivery is for pizzas!* HA!!! Love it.

And on a motorcycle, no less.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Happy Birthday (late I know!) to Grace and Isaiah!


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