As the eagle eyed amongst you may have deduced from my post a few days ago my limited experience of maternity wards, midwives and the birth process was less than ideal…(https://tireddaddyuk.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/day-5-nhs-midwives-a-spotters-guide-to-the-most-common-breeds/)
This piece by Sam McCulloch captures, in a far more eloquent way than I could, some of my feelings about what might be wrong with the system we have here in the UK..
“During labour, women are at their most vulnerable. It can take just one detail, either physical or emotional, for a woman to feel helpless or powerless. In that state, fear can have a lasting impact. Hospital staff may view a woman’s birth as normal or routine, but can contribute to her feelings of failure or guilt that she didn’t achieve the birth she hoped for, by telling her that her baby’s health is the only thing that matters.”
The full article is available here: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/post-natal/is-a-healthy-baby-all-that-matters-during-childbirth/