A friend (a male) sent me this video (NSFW!) of a woman complaining her ass hurt during child birth. I was glad to see that they stopped pushing her and let her relax for a moment. I think this is a good example of how women were not designed to give birth immobilized on a table (literally 2 people holding her legs back!) for the convenience of doctors & midwives.
This same friend asked, "Do you support the use of doulas, midwives, and/or traditional medicines?" Here
are the replies he received.
Since my abdominal hysterectomy, I've had a wake-up call to how traditional medicine treats women & their reproductive system. The day after surgery, I was moved to the maternity ward. Infertile me, who's just had the door finally slammed on fertility sent to Maternity because, "They know how to deal with women's issues." Yes, my external incision resembles a C-Section, but inside, nothing was like a c-section. My surgeon didn't come check on me during his rounds "because you weren't in your original room." Did he care enough to inquire as to where I went? Ha. In the morning of day 3, the maternity ward supervisor who hadn't even met me, sent a nurse-assistant in to tell me it was time for me to be released.
At 4 weeks post-op, I had my followup appointment at my doctor's office & he did not even examine me. He told me the pain was normal & that my "eating trouble" would settle down with time. I was not hugely surprised when I had to return for a post-op infection 2 weeks later. It wasn't until I went to the ER in month 6 that my gyno started taking me seriously at all.
When you go to the dentist, you get swabbed and injected with a numbing agent. However, gynecology does not have any of these numbing tools. Routinely women have cryo-freeze applied to their cervix, biopsies sliced from their vaginal vault and even silver nitrate applied with out the slightest consideration or regard of their pain. If you cringe, doctors will snap, "This won't take long" or "this is usually painless." After years of undergoing various procedures for my "women's issues," I never once had a doctor acknowledge pain, while monkeying around in my vagina - an area of your body rich with blood vessels and nerve endings. All these years, I thought I was just horribly over sensitive until I started reading the forums at Hystersisters.com I wish I had found that site years ago when I first started having "women's issues." I wouldn't have felt like such a freak.
Last fall, my sister-in-law opened a non-profit center
in Idaho to educate women on their options at birth. The two hospitals in her area had just stopped offering VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and she and a few others are trying to present the actual science of VBAC versus C-sections to their community. The local medical professionals whose work is supposed to rely on science, are not listening.
I think in the area of "Women's Issues" each woman deserves to hear all the options alternative and traditional, and have their choices respected by all professionals. What do you think?