events

First Home Birth Meetup

Join me and Supriya at Uma Mãe Nasceu‘s first home birth meetup next month in Coimbra.

Home birth is not acknowledged much in mainstream Portuguese culture since old traditions have been lost and replaced with a glorification of the medical industry.

So, it’s about time we start talking about it, raising awareness and bringing together all those curious or passionate about the subject.

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birth, literature

Immaculate Deception

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I have just finished reading a book called ‘Immaculate Deception – A new look at birth for American Women’ by Suzanne Arms. The book was published in 1975, so it’s far from new now but is nonetheless a thought-provoking assessment of technology-led obstetrics versus person-centred midwifery care and, despite its age, has many insights that are relevant to Portugal in 2018.

The idea that has really stuck in my mind is this one:
“According to most studies, 70% of all birthing women in America, if given adequate prenatal care, could deliver their babies normally and without need of medical intervention at all. Another 20% may have complications that require extra prenatal care and some special attention, but these mothers, too, could give birth normally, again, without need for medical interference. This means that at least 90% of all birthing mothers can have normal, spontaneous births and have healthy babies. Many doctors, among them the noted author and natural childbirth advocate Dr. Robert Bradley, believe that 90% is far too conservative an estimate for normal births, and that 93-96% is a much more realistic figure.” (p.48)

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