Kids & Family:Parenting
Assessing Your Risk Tolerance in Birth
When it comes to giving birth, what’s your risk tolerance? Are you more comfortable with the risk of giving birth at home and assessing the situation as it comes, or are you more comfortable with the risk of the often unnecessary interventions and fallout that come with them of the hospital?
This week we’re speaking with Erycka, a nurse by trade and mother of two. Erycka, like all of us whether consciously or unconsciously, had to decide the level and type of risk she was willing to accept during her births, and she then had to face some of those risks head on. Her two birth stories start the same… her water breaks… and from there they are completely different experiences. I know you’re going to enjoy these two stories!
Wow, what a discussion. As we head into this weeks episode roundup, I want to delve into the concept of spectrum of risk just a tad bit more.
Birth carries risk. If anyone tries to tell you that it doesn’t, they’re either lying or just not thinking. Because life itself carries risk. Every moment, every decision— we have no idea how any little event will turn out… and birth is a perfect example of this.
But does that mean that birth, specifically homebirth is inherently dangerous? No, and I would argue that it’s often times less dangerous and risky than walking into the hospital as a low risk laboring mother. You SHOULD BE to be the one in charge of the decisions being made for yourself and your baby, as they impact you two directly. When we hand our care over to others, we shouldn’t be surprised when they act in THEIR best interest instead of our own.
So yes, giving birth carries risks. We can mitigate many of them through education and through preparation (of course I highly recommend Happy Homebirth Academy for this), and through choosing a care team with whom we feel comfortable and confident.
And does that mean everything’s going to go perfectly? Of course not. But we also don’t know if everything’s going to go perfectly when we step outside of our house to get the mail, either.
So let’s celebrate birth for the swirl of control and chaos that it is, and prepare ourselves— to understand our responsibilities, to understand what we can do to encourage a positive experience— and then let’s enjoy the ride.
Alright, let’s wrap up. Before you hop off, would you take a screenshot of this episode and share it on your instagram stories? Tag @happyhomebirthpodcast and tell me your favorite takeaway from this episode! And I’ll see you back here next week.
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