We continue looking at Dr. Bradley's words of wisdom by looking at his postpartum tips today. Here are his insights for a family to follow right after the baby is born.
What I continue to find fascinating about his writing is that he didn't just talk about childbirth, which was built on the groundwork laid by Dr. Grantley Dick-Read. He also wrote about the MotherBaby relationship, at a time when the baby was barely even considered to be a salient being - they were still considered "parasites" inside the womb.
His postpartum instructions for the MotherBaby were based on his observations growing up on a Kansas farm, watching countless animals birth in a domestic and non-domestic settings. He taught his patients to do the same thing with their babies. His intuition was spot on- there is so much research that has been done, and continues to be done, that is proving out his hypothesis that birth matters, and keeping the MotherBaby together matters.
You can read the details of the points listed below in his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth. For now, here are the highlights:
I do like his point not to be overly enthusiastic. It is an amazing feeling to have a completely unmedicated natural birth - you feel like you have conquered the world!
By the same token, there are other mothers who have Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcomes because they followed their intuition, and sometimes the best birth for those babies is not completely unmedicated. Those mamas have every right to feel proud of their births without having some overly-enthusiastic natural birth mother making them feel like their birth was less than for any reason.
So rock on, mamas! Prepare for your natural births, and then enjoy the best gift no matter how they make their Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby appearance...love your baby!
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