Tonight, after a huge day of school errands and household logistics, I’m curled up on the couch with a cuppa, for a bit of light reading on a Thursday night.
I’ve read this book countless times, and it never fails to provoke thought for me.
The quote that immediately stands out to me tonight is as follows:
“I later learned that the rate of forceps used in the area where I gave birth the first time was an incredible 65 percent of all births” – Ina May Gaskin
The thing about birth trends is that they become ingrained into cultures, countries, and psyches. What we allow to become normalised, becomes what women expect.
Australia is currently experiencing exceptionally high rates of intervention during pregnancy and birth. It’s becoming normalised. It’s becoming what women expect.
Just because something has become normalised, does not necessarily make it evidence-based, ethical or safe.
Never be afraid to ask questions, no matter who you are, or what you do.