Beautiful Birth

“Our bodies are amazing things. The very enormity of conception to the birth of a baby is absolute proof that we don’t understand all that we believe we do. It is egotistical, arrogant, and illogical, no make that stupid, to believe medicine knows better than nature most of the time. Our hormones are equally powerful and mysterious and should never be ignored by the medical profession. “As long as the baby is healthy” is only applicable as the most optimum measure in the event of a life-threatening emergency. The outcome of a natural, normal, healthy birth should measure as infinitely more.”
~Michelle F Morrow

“However much we know about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let it unfold with its own uniqueness.”

– Elizabeth Noble

A few thoughts on the US Infant Mortality Rate

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“The international standing of the U.S. [in terms of infant mortality rates] did not really begin to fall until the mid-1950s. This correlates perfectly with the founding of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) in 1951. ACOG is a trade union representing the financial and professional interests of obstetricians who has sought to secure a monopoly in pregnancy and childbirth services. ~(Stewart, David, International Infant Mortality Rates–U.S. in 22nd Place, NAPSAC News, Fall-Winter, 1993, p.38)

More than half of all Dutch babies are born at home with midwives in attendance, and Holland’s maternal and infant mortality rates are far lower than in the United States…” ~(“Midwives Still Hassled by Medical Establishment,” Caroline Hall Otis, Utne Reader, Nov./Dec. 1990, pp. 32-34)

US has second worst infant mortality rate in the world. CNN.com