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Education And Debate

Has the medicalisation of childbirth gone too far?

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:892

Re: Supply and Demand in OB

The natural childbirth movement went home. We are now happily
birthing in ecstatic, vibrant, holistic beauty at home.

Some of us had to learn the hard way, my husband and I had three
hospital births before coming home to have two additional Freeborn sons,
but couples by the dozens are jumping on the unassisted childbirth freight
train, some with a first birth.

Now it is a trickle, and if medicine doesn't reform itself, soon it
will be a flood of families running from the birth machine. Don't worry,
you will always have a demand for what you have to offer with your drugs
and surgery birthing, but for those of us who wish to retain our
sovereignty, sacred couples birthing is our passion and our birthright.

Jenny Hatch
"Healthy Families Make A Healthy World!"

Competing interests:  
I am actively teaching couples about unasissted childbirth on the web through my web site, my books and a video of our second conference in the US. If that is a competing interest, then yes, I do have a financial stake, as I charge money for everything I offer.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 February 2003
Jenny M Hatch
Home Maker - 80027