The whole reason I am in this work is to empower women. So many do not have any clue that they have choices and options in their prenatal care and birth. My goal is to reach as many women as I can with this knowledge. Knowledge IS power. When we provide knowledge to women they are empowered to make better choices, INFORMED choices. Women are at a great disadvantage when their care providers do not give them all the options available to them. It is even more tragic when women learn on their own that they do have options then go to their care provider and are treated badly for wanting something different! This is crazy to me!
Sadly what is typical is that OB’s (for the most part) do not like to deviate from what their normal is. Most hospital nurses do not like to deviate from the typical medicated labor and birth. While this makes their job easier, it takes so much from the women and babies. Birth is a trans-formative experience! With the right support and preparation woman can attain success!!
I had a breath of fresh air recently when I served a VBAC momma as her doula in a hospital birth. She had a beautiful and wonderful experience with a hospital OB. This was so refreshing to me!! How I needed to participate in a birth in a hospital with a Dr who respects and believes in the woman’s body and the woman’s intuition!! As we progressed in her pregnancy and he agreed to her birth plan I was apprehensive and concerned for the delivery. This wonderful Dr was so patient with this momma and baby! He respected her space and trusted her body. He was not looking for any little reason to section her. He encouraged her to deliver in a upright position and was so patient for the third stage. This VBAC momma got everything she wanted in her birth! This wonderful Dr also stayed after his rotation was over so he could deliver his patient. Again, something I never see at hospitals. These Dr’s are so few and far between. We need to show our support for these rare gems!
Most of us who offer home birth do so, not because hospitals are evil, but because women have the right to choose where they give birth and with whom they are attended by. Women have the right and deserve the respect to have some say in her birth. Women are simply more comfortable and can have a better birth all around being in her own space. The problem is that many of us are pushed out of the hospital due to the lack of tolerance to the simple idea that women need to have some control and choice in their experience. When I see a Dr or nurse who understand these simple concepts it renews my faith that there are still some out there.
THANK YOU DR GREGORY POTTS AND NURSE JEN AT MERCY WASHINGTON HOSPITAL IN WASHINGTON MISSOURI!!
If you live in this area and are looking for a Dr who will truly support you in your natural hospital birth then you need to meet Dr Potts!