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    Quote Originally Posted by Lennie View Post
    I am soooo glad I am not the only one! I watch the show one born every minute & all the women have epis! What I can't understand is that they are able to still feel the pain!? What's the point? When I had mine I couldn't feel a thing let alone move my legs.
    I think its to do with the level of drug given??? maybe they aren't given as much in a standard epi over there???

    What blows my mind with america atm - is the lack of maternity leave. Unless you work for some major corporation .. you get basically nothing ..

    makes australia look pretty awesome ..

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    My step daughter lives in the USA and has 2 girls..
    she was due on 10/8/10 with D1 and as she didnt deliver that day she was admitted into hosp on 11/8/10 and had her that night.. they are not allowed to go over like we are , i was amazed at that when she told me..

    also what i cant get over is the number of family/friends allowed in the delivery room.. spins me out.. I love OBEM and the family members crack me up..i feel so sorry for some of the mums..

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    The US has the most medicalised model of care there is, when it comes to childbirth. Reasons from this stem a lot from the patriarchal views that are held (sorry to get all feminist, but it is true) surrounding doctors vs midwives vs birthing woman, it's like a medical hierarchy where women (both patients and midwives) are in the subordinate roles.

    The 'top care' is seen to be Obstetricians (who are also mostly male), who come at childbirth from a biomedical perspective, that pregnancy is an illness that needs fixing, and not a natural, physiological process.

    I could go on, but I won't. To keep it brief, despite the highly medicalised model in the US, they actually have no better outcomes for either maternal or neonatal morbidity or mortality rates. In fact, sometimes they are worse than other western countries who use a less medicalised model of care.

    Australia isn't as bad as the US, though it is still highly medicalised in a lot of hospitals, it really is luck of the draw on the both the hospital you attend and the care providers you have, but private hospitals do tend to have higher rates of medical intervention, though it can be argued that it's because more women with high risk pregnancies opt for private care, but how that actually rates in the statistics is not really known.

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    I just noticed that this week actually! Particularly the labouring in bed on their backs! Every time I had a contraction I got up and walked around or swayed, I can't imagine lying flat on my back.

    It also seems like a huge deal to go epi free over there, one girl on the episode I watched said from the get go she wanted to try to do it without an epi and the midwife was trying to talk her into having one... How confronting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    The US has the most medicalised model of care there is,
    I actually thought Brazil/China have the worst?

    FWIW I refuse to watch the US OBEM

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    I actually thought Brazil/China have the worst?
    Sorry, I meant in Western Countries, therefore excluding China, but I'm unsure how Brazil stacks up, so I'm happy to be corrected

    Was just trying to think back to my most recent sociology essay which was on this topic (medicalisation of childbirth)

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    One episode I saw had the mother labouring in the shower and vocalising quite a lot. The nurses were laughing at her amongst themselves and rolling their eyes. It was awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    Sorry, I meant in Western Countries, therefore excluding China, but I'm unsure how Brazil stacks up, so I'm happy to be corrected

    Was just trying to think back to my most recent sociology essay which was on this topic (medicalisation of childbirth)
    Cool essay topic

    I couldn't say for sure but I am pretty sure Brazils CS rate for a private hospital is like 88-99%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise41 View Post
    also what i cant get over is the number of family/friends allowed in the delivery room.. spins me out.. I love OBEM and the family members crack me up..i feel so sorry for some of the mums..
    I've noticed that as well. I watch OBEM - the UK and the US version and the UK don't have that many people crowding in the room, but in the US there's a heap of family members packed in there. Particularly when the couple are African American - not always, but 8 times out of 10. Maybe it's a cultural thing? I've noticed that they generally have the mum, the grandma, and the mother in law, sometimes aunties and cousins etc and they're often all there for the actual delivery.
    Part of me think its nice - the whole 'village' thing but the other part thinks about my MIL and is like - WTF how?!?! Lol.

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    Luv the UK version obem the us version is a little frightening for the above reasons - I just wonder how accurate it is though?


 

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