Midwife, Doula: What do you do in a birth?

What happens in birth leaves an impact. We were taught 32 years ago not to use a bulb syringe on babies when they are born. Our pediatric back up doctor taught us that the bulb actually damages the mucous membranes in the back of the baby’s throat. It also makes the baby’s heart beat go down. If God wanted us to bulb babies He would have attached a bulb to the midwife's body!

The adage, “don’t fool with mother nature,” is so often appropriate when it comes to birth ways. I challenge you to look at everything you do in a birth and check in with yourself with this question, “is this really necessary or beneficial, and to whom?”

Editorial: First Do No Harm - by Jan Tritten

 

Jan Tritten
Midwifery Today

Comments

# Mama K said:

What I do at a birth - tell the mom how great she's doing. Rub her back. Tell her how great she's doing. Stand in the doctor's way when he wants to do a vag check in the middle of a cx. Smile sweetly. Tell the mom how great she's doing. Tell the partner how great he's doing. Get the mom a drink. Tell her yes she can do this because she is doing a great job already...and then tell her how great she's doing.

- it's a doula thing!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 11:46 AM