Monday, November 13, 2006

What does it mean to "trust birth"?

Looking at homebirth websites and natural childbirth websites, I have come across this phrase many times. What, exactly, does it mean?

Does it mean trust birth to go right every time? Why would anyone do that since we know that childbirth is and has always been one of the leading killers of young women and babies?

Does it mean ignore pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, obstructed labor, etc?

Does it mean trust the human body to always work perfectly? How could that be, since we are all well aware that it doesn't work perfectly in many different circumstances and for many reasons.

Why do natural childbirth advocates say "trust birth" and not "trust pregnancy"? Is that because of the high natural miscarriage rate (approximately 20%)? If you can't "trust" pregnancy, why can you "trust" birth?

What is it about birth that it deserves to be "trusted" more than any other bodily function?

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