“Our women and babies are continually put “at risk” in the name of avoiding risk.” By Best Daily Milli Hill discusses the birthing ‘grey areas’
If you believe everything you read, then you probably think that childbirth is one of the riskiest activities any human can undertake.
Actually, it isn’t, and statistically you’re massively more likely to meet your maker behind the wheel of your motor. However, whilst most episodes of Top Gear tend to skip the bit about your odds of death, it seems like we can’t have a conversation about childbirth without focusing almost entirely on the seemingly limitless list of things that might go wrong.
This focus on risk is becoming disproportionate, says Cathy Warwick, CEO of the Royal College of Midwives:
“There is concern at the RCM and among midwives, that our focus on risk, and the way that we are describing risk, is making women feel scared. Ironically, creating fear, in itself, causes risk – if women are fearful then they are less likely to release the hormones needed for a straightforward birth.”
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