Why 'Knowing Your Options' Matters in Birth.
If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any. -Diana Korte
Options matter when it comes to childbirth. I once heard from a woman who was in the late stages of her pregnancy. "I'm just going to go to the hospital & have my baby.. women have been doing this for millions of years, I'm not going to be doing anything new.." Responding to being asked if she prepared for birth, the answer was no and this was the given reason. She only saw one option for her situation.
While her statement is mostly true, there is a significant & crucial part missing in it. Women, for millions of years, have been having their babies undisturbed. This, coupled with trending societal beliefs & mind-sets makes for a very dangerous & misinformed view of birth. On top of this are the various risks of giving birth, many of which cannot be minimised without the mother & father/other parent knowing more about birth & the impact it will have on their lives.