Originally Posted by christyc
Here is the UC mention in the new preface to H and H:
Originally Posted by ; that is, not posted by, but authored by, Elizabeth Davis, Linda Harrison, and Suzanne Arms
In a health-care system such as ours, where professionalism all too often breeds complacent self-interest, underground movements repeatedly develop, comprised of both cutting-edge innovators and the lunatic fringe. The trend toward unassisted birth is such a movement, ultimately representing dissatisfaction with the available maternity-care options.
I am not very much offended by the reference to a lunatic fringe, since I think the Born-In-Zion
people qualify, as well as all those who are committed to go against their instinct to seek help in an actual crisis. I think it should be made clear, though, that Born In Zion (Home in Zion
) and similar belief systems did not arise from the UC movement, but are completely separate religious movements whose practices happen to include absolutely unassisted birth (also unassisted broken bones, unassisted ruptured appendices, and unassisted dental problems). The UC movement promotes unassisted normalcy (with the stipulation that variations such as breech and multiples are normal), while the lunatic fringe, in my view, would be those who also promote unassisted abnormality. And I don't think that unassisted abnormality should really be considered a part of the UC movement.
I would also take issue with the idea that we would all come flocking for maternity care if only the mainstream medical establishment were not so asinine. I mean, it is asinine, it doesn't need to be, and that is a problem. But if that problem were fixed, we would still be left with the problem that normal birth is no more a process to be observed than is normal sex.
Unless what they are actually saying is that UC'ers would take advantage of midwives' services if only they would not insist on being present for birth unless called to help with a problem (a pattern of service radically removed from midwives' current mode of practice). I think the majority of UC ladies (though still not all of us) would team up with a midwife for 'backup' services only. I wish that were the change in services suggested in this excerpt, but I don't think it is.