Bruss shares some coach's insight to questions asked in our classes
We were asked a question in a recent class regarding the *natural* birth process. To paraphrase the question, why not just turn your birth experience over to the medical professionals and trust them to do the best job for you, since they have had years of training and more years of experience in attending births. Why get educated in the birth process, since you will never know as much as the professionals. How can couples (expectant mothers) dare to question the medial community at large given their relative ignorance?
Here are some thoughts on this question.
We DO recommend finding a medical team/provider that you trust with your best care. Read Krystyna's blog post on finding the right care provider for your family HERE.
The question then becomes what constitutes, "best"? How do you know whom to trust? Medical care, protocols and quality of care during pregnancy, labor (natural or cesarean) and postpartum vary greatly across providers; by what standards are you to make judgments on who/what is *best* for your care?
During the course of pregnancy and labor there are many details to be paid attention to and numerous decisions points that may have to be made. How can you, as a couple or expectant mother, make informed decisions regarding your care and the care of your child?
We as parents, as well as the medical professionals we trust, are all unique individuals. Each pregnancy and labor is a unique event, separate from all others, with its own particular details. How can you as expectant parents best make decisions given all those variables?
One of the major reasons we took Bradley Method® classes for our own births was to educate ourselves as much as possible about pregnancy, labor and beyond. We wanted to know as much as we could, so as informed parents-to-be and health-care consumers we could affect the highest chances for a great outcome. The Bradley Method® was intriguing not only for the *desired* outcome of a natural, drug-free delivery, it was the foundation for our knowledge, diet, exercise routine, relaxation tools and communication skills.
The information shared in a Bradley Method® class helps a couple do a Benefit-Risk analysis with each other, and their care team, "if or when" they come to a decision point in their labor. When used wisely and at an optimal time, interventions, procedures and/or drugs can be used appropriately. They become tools that facilitate a "Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby" outcome. If you are not educated about or prepared for some of the risks, you may end up wishing you had known a little more.
My opinion is that for parents-to-be, birth education is a highly recommended component of birth preparation. It does not, by any means, replace a competent, caring medical team. What birth education does do is prepare you to actively participate as an *educated* consumer in the pregnancy and birth of your children.
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