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« on: March 13, 2008, 04:27:00 AM »

Pioneering Midwife Touts "Orgasmic Birth"
 


A generation of women looking for a natural, more empowered alternative to traditional hospital births are drawn to Ina May Gaskin, a 69-year-old midwife who is currently making a film called “The Orgasmic Birth.”

According to Gaskin, women can experience a sort of “birth ecstasy” if done under the right conditions. Though Gaskin has no formal nursing education, she has been delivering healthy babies for decades, authored several books on the topic, and teaches a class on midwifery at her commune in Tennessee.

Her premise? That a women’s state of mind influences how easy her birth is. She uses an obstetrical technique she learned from the indigenous Mayans of Guatemala (which has also been published in medical textbooks), and practices alternative strategies such as encouraging women to make out with their husbands during labor.

Gaskin is so adamant about sharing natural childbirth with today’s generation of women, largely because of the concerning rise in Caesarean section births and drugs used to induce labor.

Gaskin believes the rising maternal death rate in the United States (which has more than doubled since 1998) is a direct result of these medical practices, and believes natural childbirth is the safer option. 

Ina Gaskin is well-known among midwives and natural birth specialists as the developer of the “Gaskin Maneuver.” This is an obstetrical maneuver (the first ever to be named after a midwife) that involves a woman moving onto her hands and knees during a difficult labor. Gaskin introduced the technique in 1976, after learning it from a Belizean midwife, who had learned it from Mayan midwives.

It was published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine in 1998 -- where it was praised for being a “rapid, safe and effective technique.”

Unfortunately, in the United States childbirth has been turned into a highly medical procedure, when often traditional methods still work best.

Gaskin is also often credited as helping to trigger the rebirth of midwifery in the United States. While only 4 percent of women gave birth with a midwife in 1990, 8 percent of women chose a midwife in 2003, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Yet, at the same time, the U.S. caesarean section rate is very high at 31 percent (even The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists admits this is worrisome). In some cases, of course, a cesarean section can save lives. But in many others, it is far from the best childbirth option.

While I don’t have the numbers on this, I suspect that a large part of this growing rate has to do not with medical necessity but with convenience and doctors’ fears of liability (of not performing a caesarean, especially if someone requests it). Yet, it’s well known that planned caesarean sections (which have been becoming increasingly trendy among celebrities) are not the safest option.

One study last year in the British Medical Journal even found that a woman’s risk of death during delivery is three to five times higher during caesarean than a natural delivery, her risk of hysterectomy four times higher, and her risk of being admitted to intensive care is two times higher.

Ultimately, of course, the choice is yours, but know this: There is not a single report in the scientific literature that shows obstetricians (specially trained surgeons) to be safer than midwives for low risk or normal pregnancy and birth.

So if you are among the more than 75 percent of all women with a normal pregnancy, the safest birth attendant for you is in fact not a doctor but a midwife or doula.

There are many excellent resources out there for anyone who is planning a natural childbirth
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2008, 06:33:09 AM »

How about the "possibility" of danger

I'm not having any babies but if I were , I want all the advantages of the "modern" world thank you very much

if the baby has trouble and you're not in a hospital , you'd need to transport the newborn to a qualified neo-natal pediatirican

who would take that chance with your brand new baby ?

I get my hair done by a beautician in a salon not someone down the road who can cut hair  Roll Eyes


there are two lives at stake during a birth , PROFESSIONAL EDUCATED ASSISTANCE IN A REAL HEALTH CARE FACILITY  , just find a Dr. who will take care of you and be concerned for the things you're concerned about and take comfort in the fact a real baby Dr is there too



IMHO , of course
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2008, 07:25:41 AM »

How about the "possibility" of danger

I'm not having any babies but if I were , I want all the advantages of the "modern" world thank you very much

if the baby has trouble and you're not in a hospital , you'd need to transport the newborn to a qualified neo-natal pediatirican

who would take that chance with your brand new baby ?

I get my hair done by a beautician in a salon not someone down the road who can cut hair  Roll Eyes


there are two lives at stake during a birth , PROFESSIONAL EDUCATED ASSISTANCE IN A REAL HEALTH CARE FACILITY  , just find a Dr. who will take care of you and be concerned for the things you're concerned about and take comfort in the fact a real baby Dr is there too



IMHO , of course


Births in health care facilities as a "medical procedure" are a relatively recent occurence.
For thousands of years it has been midwives. They are after all "The World's Oldest Profession"

Using a midwife doesn't prohibit someone from having all the advantages of the modern world, however, it's clear that making use of all the modern technology available isn't always the safest route for either mother or child.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008, 08:14:52 AM »


Births in health care facilities as a "medical procedure" are a relatively recent occurence.
For thousands of years it has been midwives. They are after all "The World's Oldest Profession"

Using a midwife doesn't prohibit someone from having all the advantages of the modern world, however, it's clear that making use of all the modern technology available isn't always the safest route for either mother or child.

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008, 08:44:19 AM »

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a women’s state of mind influences how easy her birth is. ...encouraging women to make out with their husbands during labor.

This actually works,
I tried this during my third child's birth but it was in the form of gentle carressing and soothing/relaxing conversation. She still had a kung foo grip on my gonads during the actual birth but the gentle carressing and relaxing conversation was a tremendous help during labor.

Hell I needed meds more than my kids mother during labor!
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2008, 10:44:30 AM »

Pioneering Midwife Touts "Orgasmic Birth"
 


A generation of women looking for a natural, more empowered alternative to traditional hospital births are drawn to Ina May Gaskin, a 69-year-old midwife who is currently making a film called “The Orgasmic Birth.”

According to Gaskin, women can experience a sort of “birth ecstasy” if done under the right conditions. Though Gaskin has no formal nursing education, she has been delivering healthy babies for decades, authored several books on the topic, and teaches a class on midwifery at her commune in Tennessee.

Her premise? That a women’s state of mind influences how easy her birth is. She uses an obstetrical technique she learned from the indigenous Mayans of Guatemala (which has also been published in medical textbooks), and practices alternative strategies such as encouraging women to make out with their husbands during labor.

I stopped reading there. She must be insane.

Maybe i'll start making out with a hot nurse, should probably help to speed up the progress.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008, 01:23:09 PM »

This actually works,
I tried this during my third child's birth but it was in the form of gentle carressing and soothing/relaxing conversation. She still had a kung foo grip on my gonads during the actual birth but the gentle carressing and relaxing conversation was a tremendous help during labor.

Hell I needed meds more than my kids mother during labor!

 Grin I'd be gently caressing and carrying on soothing/relaxing conversation with a woman in labor who got my gonads in her fist too  Grin


I stopped reading there. She must be insane.
Maybe i'll start making out with a hot nurse, should probably help to speed up the progress.  Grin

LMAO  Grin  That gives me the visual of some poor baby getting SHOT from the womb whilst the mother was in a kung-fu like jump / kick move , Jet-Li like , coming after you ,the nurse , and anyone that gets in her way  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2008, 03:08:05 PM »

Hell I needed meds more than my kids mother during labor!

I know the husband is supposed to be there at the moment, but i don't want to see that shit man.
Maybe i can be there if i'm completely drugged out.  Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iDCJ3jcQFo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iDCJ3jcQFo</a>
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008, 08:58:38 AM »

I know the husband is supposed to be there at the moment, but i don't want to see that shit man.
Maybe i can be there if i'm completely drugged out.  Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iDCJ3jcQFo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iDCJ3jcQFo</a>

Witnessing the birth of your child/children is the most humbling experience a man will ever encounter.

This experience, to say the least, was an altruistic transformation of my character, purpose and realization of what my duty was, i.e. to protect and provide for my family.

Men need to witness this miracle and I believe if more men witnessed this here in America we would not have this issue of 1 in 4 girls in America diagnosed with STDs.

We are not here only to spread our seed and procreate but to also teach, nurture, set realistic boundaries and provide a blanket of security.

That was my experience as I witnessed the birth of my children.

I grew up!
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2008, 09:02:35 AM »

Becoming a parent can have a profound impact on people.
I've seen it so many times over the years, ...and then, on occasion, it'll happen to someone who you'd least suspect, ...and BOOM... they're like a whole new person.
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2008, 09:44:17 AM »

Becoming a parent can have a profound impact on people.
I've seen it so many times over the years, ...and then, on occasion, it'll happen to someone who you'd least suspect, ...and BOOM... they're like a whole new person.

Oh I forgot to mention my wallet lost weight, especially when my daughters became older lol! My son's are fairly inexpensive. I give them hammers, nails and a scrap piece of wood or flashlights and they are good for the rest of the year. My daughters need my time, an attentive ear and most importantly a knee to come sit on!

Yes, I was a new person (lemon  Grin) almost immediately!

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