Monday, January 10, 2011

You have a Choice

I don't have much time so i will be quick.  

I saw this short documentary on facebook a couple days ago i i love it!  It is talking about how you have a choice when it comes to birth.  YOU are in charge of your choices.  It is up to you to do your research and find out what choice is best for *YOU*.  

Is that choice a Birth Center?

Is that choice the Hospital?

Or is that choice a Home Birth?

Whatever your choice is it is up to you to make it.  YOU are in charge of doing your own research and finding out what option is best for you.

For me personally i never knew i had a choice until my sister started making her own.  I thought you *had* to have a baby in the hospital and if you didn't it was just an accident.  I didn't know women still used midwives.  I also didn't know about all the routine unnecessary procedures hospitals do.  So i did my *own* research and made a choice that was best for MY family.  

You have a choice.  

Watch this short film and go do your own research.

You won't regret it.
"You Have a Choice" // A Short Birth Documentary from Mark Mroz on Vimeo.

What was your choice and how did you make it?


Kitt Gibson said...

I LOVE what one of the men said about being a protector and wanting his wife to be comfortable and empowered. That's so cool. Very neat documentary. I love seeing women who take control. That's the biggest misconception I think people get about me. They get offended because they think, "Oh, well if I'm not as natural as is humanly possible, she's going to judge me." (About anything - diet, birth, marriage, whatever) But the truth is, I just wish more people knew that they had choices in normal life experiences instead of just going with the flow.

Anyway, kudos to you for being such a non-conformist. :)

Jillyn said...

I agree wit you Kitt. People feel that *i* feel they must do things my way, but that is not the case. I just wish more would do their own research and not just blindly follow the crowd. If after much research (on all sides of the issue) you still want to do thing *your* way, then by all means, go ahead, it is *our choice*

Katie said...

I haven't gotten a chance to watch the video yet, but I do agree that women should have a choice about where they give birth! I think that unless giving birth in a non-hospital setting would put mother and child at great risk (which I believe is RARE), women should be able to birth where they are comfortable and based on their personal beliefs and desires.

I always knew I didn't want drugs when I have children but I didn't know that there were so many options available to me until I started hearing about them from you. At first I was skeptical, but now I am looking forward to home births for all of my children!

carebear said...

I'm going to do hospital, but that is because I'm worried there might be a complication of some sort and it makes me feel safer to be there. As of now unless they can prove to me that it is medical NEED to induce me, I don't want it. I also, as of now, don't want an epidural but I'm going to fill out the paper work just incase I change my mind. I personally don't want drugs during my birth. They are lucky that I am considering letting them put in an IV. And I will fit a C-section tooth and nail because I so don't want on.

Jillyn said...

@ Katie: it makes me smile that i introduced you to a "new world". :)

@ Carrie: i can understand that. I used to feel the same. It was after researching and realizing that many dr.s and hospitals cause the problem that i realized for the most part, birth is safe and perfectly safe at home. And if anything went wrong i'm 5 min from the hospital :)
and i will say i was WELL researched for our first birth AND i had my sister to stand up for me and i was STILL taken advantage of. It i hard when you are in the middle of pain to stand up for yourself.

I recommend a doula for every woman giving birth for that reason :)

Hannah said...

Great video.

I had a hospital birth in Sunnyside, WA and it was OK. Well, it was great b/c I got a beautiful son! I waited until late in labor to go in, labored in a nice warm tub with intermittent monitoring. I didn't need any interventions such as an epidural or vacuum extraction. I did have my waters broke by the doctor at about 8 or 9 cm. My nurse was super supportive of wanting to have a natural birth, although my doctor gave me stern warnings to be "prepared for excruciating pain." Thanks.

Next time I do want to have a homebirth, because I don't have an extra $10,000 laying around to pay for a hospital, and I think being able to push on my own timetable and not on my back, might be more comfortable and reduce tearing.

Hannah said...

Oh, and I didn't have an IV but my doctor thought that was crazy.

Jillyn said...

@ Hannah: It sounds like you had a pretty good experience in the hospital :) I'm glad you were able to stand up for what you wanted and that for the most part the staff was respectable :)

And i can understand wanting the home birth since i've had one :D