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Module 3 Assignment
Grand Canyon University
April 02, 2011
Unconventional childbearing rituals have been around for many years. This history of childbirth explains some of these rituals. I cannot personally compare experiences with childbirth. I have yet to have a child. This Essay explores various methods of giving birth, and developed changes that have occurred since then.
We have advanced technology to deal with all kinds of labor. Being a medical professional I have seen especially difficult deliveries. There are many complications that a woman can have during the labor process such as: ...view middle of the document...
(The History of, 2008).
• Midwifery at that time was still teeming with superstitions and was very secretive. In fact from the 14th to the 17th century many lay midwives and female healers were accused of being witches and were hunted and executed. (The History of, 2008).
• During the Medieval Period the birthing of babies was mostly left up to midwives. It was preferred this way, as it kept the mother away from the large hospitals that were full of infections during those times. (The History of, 2008).
• Scientology birth practices "Silent" birth, which means simply that no extra talking is done. They believe that words spoken during moments of pain can have an adverse (posthypnotic) effect on the person later in life. (Listology, 2005).
• Unassisted childbirth is based on the belief that childbirth is safe and painless provided we don't live in poverty, and do not interfere either physically or psychologically. Drugs, machinery, and medical personnel are unnecessary and they are also no match for a woman's own intellect and intuition. Birth is sexual and spiritual, magical and miraculous experience when not controlled by others. (Unassisted Childbirth, 2008).
The midwife tradition, deeply embedded in the Italian culture, was one of nurturing, nourishment, and strong family and community values. (Access My Library, 2001). “I used both the hospital and midwives. I do prefer the midwives due to having the comforts of home, and not being told what to do and when to do it. Midwives go along with the natural process of labor. They did however, have access to a few drugs for pain if needed.” (Personal Communication, Janice Binando, April 01, 2011).
My mother believed in some unconventional methods such as:
• Birth at home aided by midwife.
• Water/pool birth.
• Sitting up birth.
• Drug free birth.
• Playing music or reading to a child in the womb.
• Breastfeeding until 3-5 years old.
• Sleeping in bed with parents rather than in a separate crib.
“In our Italian family the baby receives a cross that's been blessed by a Catholic Priest, which keeps away the evil spirits and strengthens our Roman Catholic faith. In our Irish family there was strong encouragement for the father and other male family members to congregate at the Pub to await news of the birth. This was not so the men could drink but due to the Pub being a...