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Although I would argue that these are all violations of human rights (an did in the comments section of the author's results page), there's obviously a bigger issue here.
The documentary "The Other Side of the Glass" was also recently released for digital download in time for Father's Day. It's also about the consistent violation of human rights and the powerlessness of fathers to do anything about the kidnapping and abuse of their own children.
I seriously don't understand what the hell is going on in this country. How on Earth are there not protests? How is UNICEF not collecting money to stop this? How is lying to women about risks and benefits of choices (or not giving her options at all) then forcing her to give up her autonomy to make her own medical decisions not a human rights violation? This is not a first world problem. The more I learn the more serious I think this issue is. As more and more doctors subscribe to this theory, more an more women are going to be denied medical care unless they do exactly as directed. Women don't even complain any more because they've been convinced that hospital policies somehow trump human rights. When RunsYellowLites transferred, her right to not have unnecessary major abdominal surgery performed on her was taken away and no one thought that was crazy... If they had told her she couldn't breastfeed at the pizza joint down the street there would have been protests. If she were black and the pizza joint only allowed her certain kinds of pizza, there would have been a lawsuit. If all the pizza places in town did this, there would have been riots. But her situation didn't warrant the blink of an eye?!?
You all k ow I became a doula to support unmedicated birth. I'm continuing my work not from that viewpoint but from a human rights viewpoint. I truly don't understand how there aren't riots right now... Anybody else?
Yes I am a little nervous bit I'm not scared. I know my body is going to feel things it never has before but....at the end of it all I get my baby girl!!
I told my friend I was having a natural birth and she just went on and on about the pain and agony.
I told her to stop throwing me all these bad vibes! Just because she had a bad birthing experience doesn't mean I have to!
I can't wait. I'm 35+3 so its gunna come soon!!
I used the home study course, as we live in the middle of nowhere. :-) basically, there is a text and 6 CDs. you read a chapter every week, listen to a hypnosis track (30-40 min) every day, listen to an affirmations track (30 min, can listen while doing other things) every day, and do some hypnosis practice (total of 15 min, in small increments) every day. It was a little tough for me as a SAHM with 4 other kids, but I did my best. There are 5 weeks of instruction, then a maintenance program until you give birth.
I was skeptical when I started. But I gave birth Thursday and it was fantastic! I have had Pitocin with every delivery until this one (one medical induction, two stalled labors, and one - my first - doctor with a date night). This birth, I was 4-5 cm at my 10am doc visit. My midwife stripped my membranes. By noon, I was cramping, but all in by back. By 1:30, I realized it was rhythmic and 8-10 min apart. Midwife wanted me to walk, do some stuff to turn baby, and then come in for a recheck. About 3:30 we headed to the hospital. On the way, midwife called and redirected us to the hospital because she had a birth.
Got checked in and my nurse went to find my midwife. She didn't believe I was in labor. I was contracting, but was calm during them and chatty between. Best part of that for me was I wasn't even in deep hypnosis. I had a few days of start and stop contractions and didn't want them to stop again, so I was just riding them out. But the hypnosis training was so deep, I was experiencing almost no pain, just stretching and pressure!
Well, the nurse came back and checked me and I was 8-0. Suddenly, she got things moving! My midwife later told me she wouldn't have believed i was in labor either, not based on my demeanor.
I stayed calm until my cervix was almost complete, but baby's head was still turned halfway. I lost focus then and didn't listen to my husband's attempts to get me to listen to a hypnosis track or my mid wife's attempts to get me in a better position. So, the last 45 min were unpleasant. But I am still super impressed with the program and believe it would be beneficial for any mom looking to deliver naturally.