It’s my time off day with husband and kid, and I got to know that The Star has published pretty interesting stories about gentle birthing, from the co-founders of Gentle Birthing Group and the doctors.
But whilst women should tune in to their natural birth instinct, the risks of unassisted births should not be taken lightly.
A study published in 2010 in the American Journal Of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that planned home births involved less medical intervention but carried twice or thrice the risk of the baby dying.
First-time mothers were also far more likely to need last-minute transfer to a hospital, up to 37%, compared to only four to nine percent of home birthing women who had had at least one child. Reasons for transfers include lack of progress in labour, concerns about the foetus, hypertension, bleeding and a poorly positioned foetus.
Chances are, most low-risk women will have a safe, natural childbirth but it is the 10% that are worrying, especially when they don’t have quick access to medical help, says Selayang Hospital’s Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dr Mohd Roslan Abd Halim.
Dr. Roslan is correct. We need more professional midwives in the future.
In recent years, the number of women coming to their doctors with birth plans has shot up tremendously.
“Eighty per cent of these birth plans are very reasonable whilst the remaining 20% may require more discussion. For example, many don’t want the routine injection to promote uterine contraction. I would explain the rationale behind the injection and if there’s leeway to avoid it.”
“I think it’s just a matter of doctor being able to communicate those choices to the patient and to our own personal degree of comfort,” adds Dr Ng.
And more often than not, most women are willing to listen.
I guess, some doctors haven’t heard of the existence of birth plan. I hope they will because like Dr. Ng said “most women are willing to listen”. 🙂
Read more ‘Home Birth: Weighing The Risks’ here
While on the other side, this pretty much sums of it all:
“Free of trauma” is another way to define gentle birthing, (Chrissy) Steinhardt said.
“A gentle birth doesn’t have to be natural birth, it can be a C-section if it’s done with respect to the baby and the mother makes the decision. If she’s happy with a medicalised birth (epidural, episiotomy and the whole works), it’s her choice,” she adds.
“But when it’s not her choice, the interventions can result in post-traumatic disorder.”
Read more on The gentle birthing way‘
Communication is the key.