Call the Midwife
I’ve been watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. It’s an amazing show. It’s based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a midwife in the 1950’s in the east end of London – one of the poorest parts of the city. Nurse midwifes and nuns bicycle around their area of London, doing home visits, home births, and clinic appointments. It’s beautifully and brilliantly done.
My OB doctor for Kaylee’s pregnancy induced me because I’d started to go into labor, but hadn’t really progressed much. Instead of sending me home, he started a Pitocin drip 1 week before my due date. That was an INCREDIBLY difficult natural birth because Pitocin makes your contractions come on so suddenly and so hard that you have no way to even deal with them. AND, because you’re on an IV, you can’t even get out of bed and try to work through the contractions. It was hell for about 5 hours, and I swore with Scott that I wouldn’t even attempt to go to the hospital until I felt like I had to push, so that they wouldn’t try to strap me down to the bed. Until I became high risk and, well, nearly died at 30 weeks pregnant, we were even leaning toward a home birth.
I love the simplicity of natural home births and the lack of medical intervention on labor. Despite my high risk pregnancies that resulted in emergency c-sections and long NICU stays, I wish that was our societal norm now. I’m not a fan of epidurals or the clinical-ness of giving birth in a hospital.
That said, I just watched one where an infant died of Atelectasis – which is the lung not fully expanding or the lung collapsing. Jeb had that at birth. Because of modern medical advances, he had a 10-day NICU stay and came home alive.
I think there’s a fine line between medical progress and medical intrusion. I personally believe that, for the most part, the medical community has intruded on healthy, normal pregnancies.
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Love it Hallee. As you know I had 2 amazing home births after my first was born via c-sec. I pray that when we get to have another we will again have a healthy home delivery!
I had a homebirth almost 16 months ago. Best thing we ever did :-)
We were truly lucky nothing went wrong when she was born. It was a peaceful and amazing event that my husband and i shared under watch of our amazing midwife. I would do it all over again.
Sometimes things happen and you dont always necessarily get what exactly what you want. So thankful you were where you needed to be for your little guys.
I love this show. I’ve been on hold for the books at the library for months now. Maybe one day I’ll actually get to read them! My daughter wants to be a midwife and is working toward that goal. Her birth story is here http://bygoniablossom.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-day-for-celebration.html
It’s six parts and gives you a good idea why she wants to be a midwife now. Praising the Lord that you brought home healthy babies after your experience.
I too loved this show. The first season was so great on Netflix that I couldn’t wait to watch the second on PBS this past fall. Well, as so many good shows, the second season got much more “worldly” if you will. I even questions if I should be watching it at the end of the season. I hate when they do that to a great show!!