Investing in Your Birth: How what your attitude, thoughts and health affects the outcome of your birth.
Joanna L. Davis, CPM, LM(VA), EMT-B
Today in any state in the America, approximately 1 in 3 women will have their baby delivered by Cesarean. The case for availability for Vaginal Births after Cesarean is becoming increasingly difficult to make, even though the ACOG supports VBAC and evidence shows the benefits outweigh the risks. The United States currently ranks 49th for infant mortality and 47th for maternal mortality for industrialized countries worldwide! The Cesarean delivery is the most commonly performed surgery in this country to date. Part of the problem in America is one of lifestyle and health. 1 in 3 Americans is obese, 1 in 10 (or more) has diabetes and and approximately 1 in 4 has some form of heart disease. So, planning your birth starts with a healthy lifestyle, which requires an investment often times before pregnancy even begins, especially in the case of planning a VBAC.
After we address lifestyle we have to look at the current mindset regarding birth in our culture, including the media. Birth is portrayed as a dangerous, ridiculous and most often emergency event, when the reality is that birth is a natural process. Helping families to create the proper mindset around birth is essential. Helping women and couples to make goals and invest energy in what they do want is important and often overlooked. Too frequently in our society we are prompted to pass the responsibility for our health and our choices overall on to “those more qualified”, This presentation initiates a dialogue that the parents are truly the most qualified person, and thusly the most important decision maker in the process.
Lastly addressing the financial investment in attaining the birth you want is a must. Too often people say “I can’t afford a midwife/doula/health coach/childbirth education class and they end up railroaded into interventions and birth outcomes that are less than optimal, and most of the time completely avoidable had they had the proper information and support, many times walking away saying “I wish I had known”.
This lecture can be conducted in one hour, with handouts, a slide show and time for questions and answers.
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Joanna L. Davis CPM, LM(VA), EMT-B
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