Who is responsible for you having a healthy baby?
Many people would say, "My doctor is responsible for seeing that I have a healthy pregnancy and a safe birth."
Most people do not see how absolutely IMPOSSIBLE this is. No one can take responsibility for your healthy but YOU.
"But I don't know anything about pregnancy or birth. It's just easier to let the doctor handle everything, since he has been trained to take care of me."
WRONG again. Your doctor has NOT been trained to take care of healthy women. He has been trained to take care of sick people. Your pregnancy is not a disease or a sickness. Your doctor will treat your pregnancy as if it is a disease to be managed. But you have hit the nail on the head when you say that it's EASIER to let the doctor handle everything. Most people do not want to be bothered with learning the things that are necessary to be healthy. It's not as hard as you might think. You don't have to go to school or get a degree. The information you need in order to have a healthy birth is available to everyone, and you don't have to be a doctor to understand it. Most people simply don't want to be bothered, or don't want the responsibility. That is why doctors get sued for malpractice - people want someone else to be responsible if something goes wrong.
Even if you go to a doctor for prenatal care or birth, THE OUTCOME OF THE BIRTH IS STILL YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. The complications that can occur during birth are not just accidents that happen for no apparent reason. Complications happen because they were caused. It is your responsibility to learn how to prevent them.
In keeping with our theme of Unhindered Living, it is important to note than any time you abdicate your responsibility for your birth to some other caregiver, many uncomfortable and unwanted procedures will likely be thrust upon you, and you will be told you have NO CHOICE but to submit to them. Of course, you DO have a choice. However, these procedures are a huge HINDRANCE to a normal, safe, meaningful birth experience. And the most inconvenient hindrance is having to expend your limited energy during labor to try and make caregivers understand that you want to be responsible for your own birth, and that you do not want to submit to their procedures and routines. You deserve to have a beautiful, unhindered birth, which is difficult to come by when some other caregiver is interrupting your concentration and disturbing your peace so that you cannot hear that inner voice which confirms truth.
Make the commitment right now to learn whatever you need to learn in order to have a healthy pregnancy and a safe birth. You are the only one who can do that. The doctor cannot make you eat the right foods. He cannot make you think positive thoughts or do relaxation exercises. He cannot make you have a healthy pregnancy. Only you can do that.
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