Let me rant on the subject of birth intervention for a minute. One of my daughter’s friends is currently pregnant with her first baby. Her obstetrician told her that her vaginal tissue is too fragile to withstand a vaginal birth. She is only 30 weeks pregnant and already has a C-section scheduled.
Birthing a baby can be an empowering experience when the woman trusts her body, loves and wants her baby, and is comfortable with her sexuality. For many women, having a baby is their first experience of being connected to other women and with their own creativity. One patient said to me that she felt “one with every woman who had ever given birth.” This is the power of birth, even though women have learned collectively—though not necessarily consciously—to fear the birth experience.
Having a baby is the true “change of life.” Women who go through labor and birth fully supported often emerge from the experience changed forever. One of my patients who had her two children at home told me: “My births were absolute peak experiences of ecstasy and spiritual fulfillment. Nothing I’ve ever experienced before or since has come anywhere close. As a result of my experiences, I now trust my body implicitly.”