Despite all the rhetoric about the importance of consent and respecting the patient's wishes, my experience of giving birth in a big hospital is that women are encouraged to take a passive role, to defer to both their doctor's opinion and to the institutional imperatives. If you argue, you are often told "that's just the way we do things."...Dux is a writer and co-author of The Great Feminist Denial. Read the rest of the article here.
Many of the medical procedures that are routinely offered — such as episiotomies, epidurals, and forceps — are significant interventions that can have consequences for the health of the mother or the baby, and for the progress of the labour. Waiting until the maelstrom of labour engulfs you is not the time to investigate whether these procedures are right for you. If you do, the likely result is that you will simply agree to whatever is suggested.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
In Homework is the mother of prevention, Monica Dux argues that careful research and preparation during pregnancy are important, and that adopting a "wait and see" attitude might leave you with undesired results.