Take Back Your Birth

Today we read a blog post that encapsulates what every pregnant women needs to know about taking responsibility for her own pregnancy and birthing choices: The choices are always  *yours*. If you don’t make them and enforce them, someone else *will* and only you know what is best for yourself and your baby.

Take Back Your Birth


I went into pregnancy and preparation for birth “willfully ignorant.”  I’d never wanted to experience either, so my perspective on the whole thing was that of an outsider’s.  As I started poking around about giving birth for the first time, I had some vague ideas about lowering the lighting in the room; maybe I’d wear one of my own gowns that I felt comfortable in.  I didn’t want gawking strangers there while I delivered (I mean, how awkward is that?) and I thought it would be very cool if I could cut the baby’s cord, if it wasn’t too gross.

And taking back your birth may be as simple as changing your language.  You don’t really need to ask permission, as if others have the ultimate authority over you or your baby.  When you’re handed the thin, ugly hospital gown, you don’t have to ask, “Is it okay if I don’t wear that?”  You can say, “No, thank you, I would rather wear my own clothes.”  You can be assertive without being confrontational with the people who are there to help you.  This principle applies to anything during your labor, delivery, and postpartum period.

This was when I began hearing a phrase that absolutely astonished me: READ THE FULL ARCTICLE HERE