Thursday, 27 June 2013

Many Interventions Do Not Help Birthing Women

Updated 4 February 2015

One of the reasons moms get interventions is because they don't know about their options.

Korean birthing culture
Call a hospital and you're likely to have them go, child what? Birthing, child birthing! And then have them chuckle at you and go, no, no, no classes. After all, the doctor's the expert, right? Why would you want to know what's going on?

And afterwards when you're responsible for another human? Just check into a mom's hotel. Truth is there are a lot of options out there and a lot of help for foreigners.

The problem with doctors
Though doctors seldom offer you the non-medical choices and don't usually know where foreigners can get help. I know that the C-section rate in Korea is over 30% and many women don't end up with the birth they want. Many hospitals treat women like cattle on an assembly line that they poke, prod, cut, and sewn up which can cause new moms to feel hurt, deprived, robbed of their birth, and distant from their bodies. While you usually recover quite quickly physically, recovering emotionally is a different story since interventions can cause postpartum depression. The website, Childbirth Connections has a number of reports and fact sheets you can show your doctor.

What you can do
Find out what you can do to get the birth you want and some of the birthing professionals in Korea.

Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.

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