The last four years, my growing interests and experiences in nursing lead me to endeavor becoming a midwife and a women’s health nurse practitioner. My past volunteer work in Doula services, has given me an inside view to many different birthing techniques and styles. In addition, to my work experiences in a home care setting, that has shown me a more personal side to healthcare. This is why; I believe many hospital births limit the control women have with decisions, such as, birthing positions, delivery time requirements, recovery times and artificial inductions. Furthermore, hospitals are unable to make the birthing and new baby experience personal like an ‘in-home’ birth.
These decisions can make the birthing experience more enjoyable and successful with reducing the amount of complications during birth. Over the years, OBGYN’s have chose the safety procedures and techniques for laboring women during the birthing process. ...view middle of the document...
However, other times to expedite the birthing process when the cervix has not completely dilated doctors urge for a caesarian birth. Doctor’s first try inducing labor artificially, if inducing does not initiate the cervix to dilate properly before a certain time, doctors will begin an emergency caesarian.
In my experiences, women who used doula’s who provide holistic birthing services and educating in techniques such as, in-home postpartum assistance, in-home visitations/pre and postnatal care, proper breathing, perineal massages, and exercises, such as, kegels, pelvic tilts, squats and the cobbler pose. These techniques reduced birthing complications and most women found the experience more enjoyable. In addition, using enhanced birthing positions that are more comfortable allows the laboring mother to move and use gravity instead of force to push. These positions can include water births, hands and knees, squats, and standing, that help with the prevention of perineal tears and a timely labor.
Nonetheless, the birthing experience has improved over the last decade and hospitals are beginning to collaborate with birthing centers attempting to make hospital births more personal. For example, the Mercy Health Birthing Center of Muskegon, MI offers in my opinion a semi-holistic approach. However, all rooms have a medical setting; but are private with many wonderful features such as, a Jacuzzi tub. Mercy also offers pre and postnatal breastfeeding classes, as well as, prenatal sibling classes. Sadly, Mercy outsources services for postpartum depression by giving a list of other non-profit companies per request. In addition, Mercy has about five midwifes that currently work in their facility. Although, they do not limit the amount of people allowed in the delivery room and do allow children, but there is a limit on birthing positions, such as, water births and the mother is not permitted to assist with care after birth.
As one can see, there are still various limitations to giving birth in a hospital or birthing center, compared to an ‘in-home’ setting, which allows the mother and family complete control. In addition, one will learn options to experience the joys of birth in whichever setting.