The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
I am an OB nurse who worked in a high risk, high volume hospital for 9 years. Then fate smiled upon me and I had the opportunity to work in a free standing birth center where women birthed normally. Due to my husbands job, I needed to move from this birthing haven and have returned (just part time, on call - enough to make my car payment and keep me in fabric!) to hospital birth center nursing.
I had fooled myself that the medical community, docs and nurses, had progressed to the world of supporting and encouraging birthing families, rather than saving, curing and delivering women. I am again an almost lone reed working for change. I thought I could start with the easy things, like letting a woman wear whatever attire she chose for her hard work of labor and birth. And I got slammed immediately because "in case something goes wrong and she has to go for surgery" she needs to wear the provided hospital gown. Now, this comes from fellow nurses! I am still trying but I need help from birthing families. Please continue to let women know that if the hospital is where there are birthing that they are a customer - not an employee, not a prisoner. And you can wear whatever you think you might like to. Just say no to giving them your clothes. If your nurse is truly a compassionate, caring birth assistant she will understand and continue to provide you with exceptional care. If you get the feeling that she thinks you are going to be a pain in the neck patient, then ask the charge nurse for a different nurse. This is the only time you will birth this baby, the nurse does this everyday. But too often I watch women cower to the suggestion of giving up her clothes and then I watch her become a patient, instead of a woman in labor. Thanks for letting me vent, this tiny little tendril of frustration.
Next time, I will talk about not getting in the bed.
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