WOW!!! So much is being said re: Beyonce’s birth. I didn’t even know she had given birth until I got to my computer this afternoon. And folks have been goin HAM. I guess I have been too busy dealing with the issues in MY life to know what was happening. But after a few tweets and FB postings I was FORCED ;-) to read an article or two, or three LOL…
But seriously folks… every woman has a right to Birth Something Beautiful™ in the way she thinks is best for herself and her family. I want a home birth. Some think that’s crazy. She had a c/section and unless HIPPA laws have been broken that’s about all we really know. (UPDATE… apparently we know little to nothing… Sooo she didnt have a c/section per this article… which is one of my points anyway) So lay off… get a life… and let’s focus on the mothers and babies that NEED our attention; The ones that can’t afford to block off an entire hospital floor. The babies too numerous to count that never reach their first birthdays. The mothers that remain virtually nameless in our larger society because so few of us really KNOW a woman who died from complications of childbirth. Let’s lend our attention, our focus, our blogging, our voices to the real issues around birth. Stop bashing Beyonce for the decision she made (especially since we don’t know the details of her experience) and let’s focus on educating as many women as we can so that they will have the information THEY need to make wise choices for themselves and their births. Now take a listen to Glory as father Jay-Z celebrate lyrically the birth of his daughter.
While you are listening… think about the REAL issues and ask yourself what have YOU done TODAY to help make sure that the pregnant girl down the street or the pregnant woman in your office building has the information SHE needs to make informed decisions. As Birth Advocates who are against the unnecessary medicalization of birth, our job is not to spew hate, make accusations, and judge. Rather we are here to help, to love, and to support women Birth Something Beautiful™. Let’s go make THAT happen! :-)
In Birth and Love
Nicole ~ Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @SistaMidwife