Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'm Famous!

For those of you who don't live in Mansfield, Texas, check out the Mansfield NOW for October. I am the feature for the Education article (pages 32-34). I was nervous it wouldn't run because there are four OB groups that advertise with the magazine. The magazine is distributed to every door in Mansfield.

There are three things that I need to clarify: It is quoted that I said the c-section rate in "North Dallas" is 50%, but what I really said was "North Texas." People down in my neck-of-the-woods might not think they are affected, but they most certainly are. Arlington hospitals do not have a good track record. They definitely are contributing to this high c-section rate.

The second thing was that I said that giving birth naturally is the "ultimate girl-power experience." I don't think a phrase like that has ever come out of my mouth, although I do think it is very empowering.

The third clarification is that I am not teaching at the MAC. I tried that, but everyone who contacted me was looking for a Bradley class. I designed my own curriculum on some various classes, but generally, I am back to Bradley, with a few additional classes here and there.  Overall, I think it was a good article. Let me know what you think.

Interesting comments since it came out. The people who have really approached me with enthusiasm about it, have largely been 50+. I've thought a lot about this, and I think these women have seen the c-section rate rise over the years, along with all the over-use of medications and testing and interventions. They are shocked by it and don't understand it.

I'm almost 38, so most of my students are younger than me now. They do not have the shock that the "older" generation does when it comes to the c-section rate. They have largely grown up hearing women say things like, "I had to have a c-section because..." or "My induction date is set for..." We have become so accustomed to these phrases, we have forgotten to question their safety or necessity.


RandyPaige said...

Great article! It's funny that you mentioned the over 50 reaction. I told my mom that I was taking your class and having a natural birth, and her reaction was 'so what' which seemed strange to me since she had four natural births. Later, she watched The Business of Being Born with me and was totally shocked at all the stats on intrventions and c-sections. She couldn't believe it, and then understood where I was coming from!

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