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Old 09-18-2010, 01:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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When you hear the word "Birth" what comes to mind?

What is your definition of "Birth"?

Will you be using a midwife or ob/gyn?

Do you really know the difference between the two?

Would you like a doula?

Will you have a doula?

What are your reasons for wanting/having a doula?

Do you know what a doula is?

Where is your preference for giving birth? Hospital, birthing center, home?

Do you feel that your views on these questions are the "norm" for Americans ad what makes you feel that way?

I am asking these questions because I am writing a research paper on Americans perception of birth. We have to define a word and attempt to create and argument to redefine it. My word is Birth. I want to redefine birth as something natural and not to be feared and clinicalized. I know that my personal feeling on pregnancy labor and birth are not the norm in America. I can get my facts and statistics easily from the internet. I am here in hopes of getting some personal opinions to quote in paper. Its just a small paper for my english class but this is a subject I am very interested in.

I am not sure where to find info on exactly why we Americans are "brainwashed" into using epidurals with every birth without question and fear birth in general. I was hoping that posting this in a few different mothering/pregnancy forums I belong to I could get a good idea of others views on these questions.
Thank you for your help
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