Women possess an innate ability to nurture and birth their infants. Unfortunately, the current climate of maternity care is designed to undermine a woman’s rights, personal power, autonomy and choices. Interventions like inductions, episiotomies, IV drips, and fetal monitoring are constantly overused and nearly one third of women give birth by cesarean section.
In the 1980s, Birth Plans were introduced to give women a way to communicate their desires to their providers. Birth Plans were seen as a tool to help women feel empowered. It was commonly believed that using birth plans could provide women with more options and fewer interventions.
One of the biggest myths is that Birth Plans actually give options and choices. Today the value of the birth plan is diminished. With or without a birth plan, many women leave their birth experience wishing they were more connected, more informed and more empowered. In spite of this, The Birth Plan Myth continues to be perpetuated in books, on websites, in child birth education classes and in OB offices across the country.
Birth plans aside, it’s important for women to understand how to work with and within the hospital system to create the experience they want. We invite you to join us as we share information that will help you do just that!