How do I prevent a cesarean? This may be the hardest question I am asked in a childbirth class. And without fail someone always asks that question.Read More
by Guest Blogger Baby Byrd Doula
"You're body is not a lemon," was the mantra of Ina May Gaskin in the documentary, Birth Story. Ina May and "The Farm" midwives really focused on the fact that women are made to have babies and that the increasing rate of cesarean section has convinced women that they cannot give birth vaginally. Ina May and many other midwives allow you into their lives in this documentary and show you how empowering birth can truly be.
This documentary is peppered with history. It describes the foundation of the "The Farm" in Tennessee by the 1960's hippies who were searching for a better way of life. The Birth Story reveals how Ina May became a midwife and started providing better birth options for people across the United States.
There was even video footage from the '70s of a breech birth and shoulder dystocia (and the Gaskin maneuver). These videos showed women empowered in their births. It showed them enjoying their births. There was no fear.
I think that is documentary can change they way women choose to have their babies. If women could feel strong and trust in their innate abilities to birth, then less women would be scared of birth and would have positive birth experiences.
My hope, as a doula, is that I can foster a safe environment, in which women trust their bodies and not only give birth to beautiful healthy babies, but also satisfying birth stories.
As the Maryland Representative for DONA International I have the pleasure of hosting annual member meetings. This year we had a fantastic turnout of over 15 doulas! Maryland's birthing women are so lucky to have such an amazing group of doulas to choose from. After networking and chatting we were honored to have an informative session on postpartum depression by Valerie McManus LCSW-C of Healing Therapies. In a fun change of pace it was the doulas who were led in a visualization. Our member meeting was full of excitement as we hear about innovations in doula care, future conferences to help keep us learning, and the growing trend of placental encapsulation.
If you are looking for a doula for your upcoming birth, Maryland DONA doulas have you covered!