Why I Didn't Have Prenatal Care...
I decided early in my pregnancy against having prenatal care for
a number of reasons. I didn't want my pregnancy to be treated
as a "medical procedure" and I didn't want any ultrasounds since
they have been proven by many studies to be dangerous to the
baby as it is exposing the child to radiation. I didn't want any
blood or urine tests as I feel these can sometimes lead to
unwarrented fear and mistrust in a woman's ability to give birth
I interviewed a few midwives who gave me the impression that
they would "give me the birth I wanted within THEIR guidelines"
which I was not happy about either. They were also not happy
that I didn't want any ultrasounds or the like. I think this was
mainly for liability reasons that they were concerned so I decided
not to have any midwives. I thought midwives were supposed to
be alternative and were supposed to believe that birth is a
natural event not needing assistance but I was wrong. They
acted just like a general doctor would.
I completely believe in my ability to create and birth without
assistance whether it be prenatal or assistance at the birth. I
believe that one intervention leads to the next before and during
birth. For example, if you have an epidural, this creates the need
for an episotomy, forceps and c-sections. This is also apparent
when you have one ultrasound or one blood test, it tends to lead
to the next. It also reinforces that we are incompetent as
women, we are unable to maintain pregnancy and unable to give
birth without the help of an "expert" which I know from
experience is a falicy.
I didn't even have one person feel my stomach and gave birth to
a healthy 4.2kg baby completely unassisted.
Don't be scared into having tests just because it's the "norm".
In my humble opinion, they are completely unnecessary and,
in some cases (especially ultrasouds), extremely dangerous.
There is no need for "monitoring". If you feel healthy, you
generally are. It's very rare that you have some mystery disease
that you don't even have a hunch about. Trust yourself, your
body and your ability to give birth naturally. Don't put your faith
in the latest medical technology or the person who says they are
an "expert". You are the expert. You know your body better than
anyone else in the world, including your doctor. Trust yourself
and have your dream pregnancy and dream birth!
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