|So, is the problem the Push Pal itself or the message that is on the website that implies that something like this is necessary to give birth?
My personal problem with the Push Pal in of itself (and I had seen the website before once, quite some time ago) is that the one way to use it is by being on your tailbone or back and that in no way promotes the more ideal positions for birthing.
My problem with the message on the website is that of course something like that is not necessary to give birth. The Dr's comments section seemed to imply that it made the delivery more convenient for the Dr's themselves by shortening the pushing stage (welllll if the moms weren't in the lithotomy position in the first place many pushing stages wouldn't be so prolonged.) Plus a "long" pushing stage all by itself isn't exactly a complication.
The mothers' comments section gave me the impression that many women are happy that they used a tool to allow them to comply to their Dr's wishes (legs out of the way, on their backs for the Dr's ease, not their own ease). The Dr/patient relationship can be a very authoritative/submissive sort of relationship when it involves birth. Many women will do whatever Dr's say short of standing on their heads because they believe it will ensure the healthiest outcome for their babies.
|I have no problem with tools at all. After all, this internet tool is sure pretty darn cool, though some would say I should be more "natural" and just go outside and talk to my neighbors. It's a personal choice. I don't think women should be belittled for choosing to use this or any other tool.
The internet can be a very useful tool. But the internet has a vast amount of uses. This Pushpal has only one purpose (to facilitate delivery for the OB, I won't say for the woman because it's not usually easier to push on one's back) so isn't that sort of comparing apples and oranges?