5 responses to “Petitioning For Your Support”

  1. Milie

    Very moved by the video and its music…hope the petition helps.

  2. Hellena Post

    All births are perfect, and all of them can be perfect if you choose to see it that way. To my mind the issue here is about choice. Every woman and her family should be able to choose to birth how they want to and feel moved to, and be given free access to all the possibilities, from hospital birth to water birth to lotus birth to free birth to unassisted birth to any other birth you can dream of. And if we have free choice then it really will feel like the perfect birth to us, no matter what form that takes.

    To me, birth is all about submitting to the fact that you and your person inside will have the birth that you both need, no matter what that is. You’ve just gotta sit back and enjoy the ride to a certain degree, rather than hamper your flow by putting too many expectations and judgements into it all.

    And how have I reached this opinion? I’ve had 5 births – the first was a fairly disempowered birth on my back in hospital, that opened my eyes completely to the magic and mystery of birthing and women’s bodies. My second birth was virtually an unassited birth in a spa bath in a hospital, where my baby was born in his sack quickly while the midwife was away, and got joyously welcomed to the world, we had a morning rest on a futon on the floor of the hospital room, and went home for a blissed out baby moon. My third birth was at home in a pool on my mothers loungeroom floor, and was absolutely perfect, but the baby moon was massively mismanaged, and bonding was disrupted. For my fourth birth, we took all the lessons we’d learnt and had a picture perfect home birth, water birth, and lotus birth, and I was the first person to gather my baby from the water and hold it, aware that my hands were the only ones to hold it, and that I could take as long as I wanted to work out what gender it was. Massively empowering. And we had an equally bonding baby moon, and true ‘birth’ day party afterwards, and increased our bonding and love for each other more than I ever could have dreamed. Only a homebirth and magical midwife could have given us that experience that I will always be humbled by and greatful for. And my 5th child was born as a surprising and empowered caesarean, after labouring long and sweetly at home, walking a labyrinth, and finally realising that we had to transfer to hospital. That was the most terrifying ride of my life, as I realised I was facing all my birthing fears – to birth out of water, to transfer, to have a spinal, to have a caesarean, – but from the moment I stepped out of our bus, I had an amazing, respectful, flowing experience, where I got the very best care that I could imagine, and it turned out that my baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped round his neck, and there was no way he would be born naturally or alive without a caesarean. They stroked my hair, respected my wishes, facilitated a lotus birth, and treated me beautifully, to my great gratitude and surprise. And I got to experience the true essence of birth – to face my fears, and realise that nothing happens that you can’t cope with, and be empowered by, espicially by having the strength to go with the uterine waters wherever they may lead.

    All of these births have taught me what an amazing and essential experience empowered birthing is, and how important it is to be able to go with the flow and enact empowered choice no matter what that choice may be. From all my experience, I believe homebirthing to definitely be the optimum, but I’m glad western medicine is there when it’s needed. And maybe that’s the place where western medicine best resides – when it’s needed in an emergency or extra special situation, and not as the first stop and general rule. I’m greatful for my caesarean because it confronted my massive judgement I had previously about women who had caesareans and women who chose to birth in hospitals with full intervention, and I’m a better and more compassionate person for it.

    That being said, in my opinion, there’s nothing to compare with an empowered homebirth, as we’ve done it for millenia, and have the genetic memory within us to lead the way. Birth in all it’s forms is a magical mystery and wonder, and I believe that taking it back from science and medical terminology, and moving back into the feeling state of it, and trusting in our bodies and intuition, will help us all to perform it in ways that bring about birthing peaceful and powerful individuals into our world, who will inspire a peaceful and powerful future for us all.

    I believe the best possible scenario is the model practiced currently and for a rich and long history in Holland – where homebirth is the norm, with a respectful and non-judgemental medical body as the back-up if needed.

    It’s essential for us to have the free access and choice to birth in whichever way we desire it and need to, and essential that we create more of a dialogue around birth, how it can be done, and what the potentials are.

  3. Hellena Post

    by the way Lisa, I’m up for putting the birth of Balthazar in your Homebirth Stories if you want, but I can’t reach you through the email address as a link, I need your actual address so I can write you from gmail…. I’m also up for writing about it all to anyone and everyone, and talking and coming along to events and anything else I can do to help…

  4. Leigh Dick-Read

    I LOVE smug Homebirth mums. Almost as smug as Homebirth Dads!

    I totally support this ‘rebellious’ petition!

  5. sarah cowan

    My father delivered me at home, in England in 1960. My mother was a midwife. For them, it was completely normal. What a long way backwards we seem to be going.