Make sure you turn on the French accent in your brain for full effect.
On becoming radical
It is time to stop being politically correct and to talk about the situation as it is. Nice terms like "turning point" are not relevant. To accurately discuss what is happening in natural birth, we need words like "abyss" or "trap."He was really emphatic about this - that he was at a point in the discourse when trying to be appropriate or accessible was no longer important, that we can't look for shifts or movements, that we have to speak radically because the reality of birth today is radical. And he's talking about home and birth center settings, too.
Pitocin drips are the most common intrevention. Almost no births take place (in the Western world) without some amount of synthetic oxytocin. A birth is considered to be normal and natural despite a continuous drip of pitocin through the labor. You'll see it ignored as a factor in research, and certainly in the medical culture. We have no idea of the long term implications of giving synthetic oxytocin to, practically speaking, all birthing mothers.
The number women who birth without the hormone of love approaches zero.Coming soon: Part 2, On three recent studies questioning home birth safety, and why they're right.