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If you get a lousy haircut...do you go back again? Lousy meal and service in a restaurant? Would you say something? Why put up with a care provider who demeans you for your choices? Who doesn't treat you with respect? If you can't have an adult conversation with them in their office, why do you think they'll change in the birthing room?
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It’s important in high-risk pregnancies, but most pregnancies aren’t risky
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Your body knows how to give birth - just trust yourself!
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“When a pregnant woman checks into the American hospital to give birth to her child, she may not be fully aware that she is automatically stepping into an institution that is solely designed for the treatment of disease and disorder. In the midst of deeply discomforting contractions, she may concentrate only on moving clumsily from lobby to labor bed, leaving her husband behind to take care of the paperwork while attendants bustle around her. From then on she is told not to worry, that she will be taken care of, that her doctor will be there shortly, that her husband can stay if he ‘follows the rules’, and that birth will proceed as quickly and easily as possible if she will simply put herself ‘in our hands’. It is easier for everyone if she does, because in the hospital procedures, equipment, staff, and rules are all geared to treat her not as a birthing mother but as a full-fledged ‘patient’”.

From “Immaculate Deception” by Suzanne Arms, p. 51

These words were written in 1975. Four decades have passed since - yet so little has changed in the nature of relationship between a birthing woman and the institution of the hospital...

In fact, many of the changes were changes to the bed. At least, in 1975 birthing women were not threatened with Child Protective Services if they refuse to comply with "hospital policy"... Today, such threats are a matter of the routine...