This is a lovely article from NPR about Family Centered Cesarean, or gentle cesarean birth, and I wish this experience for every mom who gives birth by cesarean. But I have a few issues with a some points made in the article.
“Doctors Urge Patience, and Longer Labor to Reduce C-Section,” appeared on my Facebook feed last night. I read it and felt this bubbling up inside me of joy and hope. There it was in the mainstream media, a thing that midwives, doulas and childbirth educators have been saying forever. Labor takes time, pushing takes time and labor can be very long and still be normal.
After a recent discussion in a birth class I decided to gather some resources on this topic. Circumcision discussions tend to elicit a lot of strong feelings. When I was pregnant with my first son my husband and I thought that since he was circumcised, our son should be too. I regret not doing more research because when it was all said and done I think I would have felt better knowing my decision was based on evidence supporting the practice, not purely on aesthetics. Following is the current statement on infant circumcision: