Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Why Do Women Put Up With Birth the Way We Serve It?
The question deserves raising: Why do women put up with [the options they are offered for childbirth]?
"Americans trust doctors and they trust hospitals, and they equate the two with health. And people want what's best for their babies. They assume that you decrease your risk by going to a hospital and having a top-flight doctor. What they don't understand is that obstetricians are surgeons, and they know pathology, but they really suck at wellness." (-Judith Lothian) They are trained to sew up a tear, but not to prevent one.
- Excerpted from "Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth
and Modern Maternity Care,"
by Jennifer Block
Photo Credit: photographer Lindsey Woessner, copyright Molly Remer