Monday, September 8, 2008

Birth of a Blog

"A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, often political in nature, but may also be life stance related."

So here I am -- an official blogger. I am a natural childbirth educator. I have taught the Bradley Method for 5 years. I have 4 children and would have more if they would remain babies forever. I love pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.

I have thought about doing this for quite some time, but naming a blog seemed so overwhelming. I have written a book on natural childbirth in my head and the title is "Banned From Baby Showers." Catchy, I think. " Why? Why would Donna be banned from baby showers?" I decided a couple of years ago that it was probably more important to have friends than to educate them about why they shouldn't believe everything their OB says. I just cannot tolerate the games that are played, making light of inductions and medication in labor. How we birth our babies is a reflection of who we are as human beings. After offending, and having to apologize to, several people at a baby shower, I decided it's better if I just stay away. I can offer congratulations and gifts privately.

So here I am, an educator in a world where the majority of women don't want to be educated, at least when it comes to labor and birth. It's easier to not know. If you have information, you simply cannot leave the decision making to your doctor. You have to act on your knowledge. Truly, knowledge is power.

As the definition of the word "manifesto" reads, birth is highly political and the majority of women don't know this until they start questioning their doctors and hospitals, and yes, insurance companies. The AMA is trying desperately to interfere with a woman's right to have a midwife-attended homebirth. Even as I type the word "homebirth" it says that I have misspelled it, like it isn't even a word!

13 comments:

Christina Pond said...

I think that is the best title for a book I have ever heard!

Alisa said...

If I were standing next to you right now I would give you a big Elaine push
and scream "GET OUT!"
Then I would tell you how great it is that you are starting a blog!
Way to go you!
I will love reading all of your info, and being able to refer to it for answers, and to refer others to it!
Love the name, and the title for your first post too!

Carmen said...

Wonderful and welcome to the Blogging world my friend I can't wait for the next entry.

Since taking your class there has not been a week go by that I have not told someone about you or something you taught us. You totally opened my eyes to a whole new world and I love it. Ignorance is bliss, that’s all my husband could ever say when people questioned our birthing choice!

April said...

Yea!! Your blog looks great! It will be wonderful to refer people to. You are such a good writer.

Lena said...

Yea!! I'm so glad you finally joined the ranks of the bloggers.

Leslie said...

You go girl! You are a great writer. Maybe this whole blog thing will get you that much closer to writing your book! Congrats on your first post!

Sonia said...

I'm SOOOO EXCITED that you decided to start a blog! I have always been really interested in what you have to say! I've learned A LOT from you by just being your friend, that I never was told by my doctors! I'm always happy to hear what you have to say, you truly are very knowledgeable and if my sister EVER decides to get pregnant again, I'm totally sending her to you! So sad I didn't do it! You think you'd learn by the third time, when you've had "eventful" deliveries and pregnancies to look for another answer! Not me though! I'm what they call, insane! Keep doing the same things expecting different results, SOO ME! Yea Donna, I'm just too excited about your blog!

JenEricFamily said...

wow, you do write really well! I really enjoyed reading your posts. I look forward to more!

meridith said...

Was my baby shower the one that afterwards you decided to not attend any more? I feel so bad! I have missed seeing you at those events b/c you liven them up!

Donna Ryan said...

Merideth, yes, it was your shower that was my last. I did a shower for Debbie Robbins, but I was in charge of the games!! I miss going to them, but I just don't trust myself. I always want to educate. This is my place to do it.

This could be a full-time job. And reading everyone elses' blogs -- oh my goodness! I haven't even done that, but I see that y'all have them. Someday.

Kate's mommy said...

Great blog, Donna! I look forward to reading more.

Scott and Hannah Reasoner said...

You go girl! Can't wait to stay informed on your blog.

Stephanie said...

Yea!!! I am so glad that you have a blog. For starters, you are hilarious! Then there is the fact that you are fun and full of all kinds of great knowledge (especially on pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding!).

I, too, would like to thank you for forever changing the way that Nathan and I see childbirth. We'll never be the same as a result of your class and influence. Of course, this is not always a good thing...because sometimes I feel like I should be banned from baby showers as well. ;)

Anyway. Welcome to the blogging world. I can't wait to catch up on yours.