Birth around the world

Kaity Van Riper
Posted March 21, 2019 from United States

I'm curious.  Tell me about your childbirth experience.  Was it in a hospital? Home? A field? What's your country's cultural and medical norms for birth? How was recovery? 

 

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Jill Langhus
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hi Kaity,

Thanks for sharing your post. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on how you look at it), I don't have a story to tell. I only have a grey, fur baby:-) This could be an interesting discussion, though, for sure.

Hello, Kaity,

I love birth stories! I read a lot of those online when I was pregnant with my boys. I’ve written a birth story from one of my posts.

I have two sons. I’ve given birth to them both in a hospital. Same hospital, although they were four years apart.

In the past, women gave birth at their houses, but this is already prohibited today due to the high rate of maternal death.

On cultural norms, it’s diverse since the Philippines consists of a number of tribes.

On medical practice, I’ve observed the rise on CS cases.

I’m curious to know other sisters’ answers.

Thanks for opening up this discussion.

Kaity Van Riper
Mar 22
Mar 22

Thanks, ladies . I'm curious because here in the US, medical interventions are really common and often the mother is pressured into inductions and drugs. The c section rate is really high. Im also learning that more women here are opting for home births or birthing centers and midwives. It's also ridiculous that women are expected to return to work after 6 weeks. I know Canada and Europe have way more post partem care and paid maternity leave. Im so curious what women's experiences are around the world.

Jill Langhus
Mar 23
Mar 23

Hi Kaity,

You're welcome. Yes, I hear you. I personally feel like people need to embrace whatever "healthcare" that works personally for them. To me, it would be a combination of western and eastern medicine, and using whatever are the best holistic practices possible for my optimum, overall health. If I had been fortunate enough to have had a child, I would have opted for a home birth and a midwife. It shouldn't be treated as an illness. It's a healthy celebration of a new life. Well, yes, the parental leave in the U.S. definitely needs to be readdressed, and more inclusive of men, too.