Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Interview with Ina May Gaskin

Love, love, love Ina May Gaskin. Her approach is so reasonable:

"It's very rare to see an undisturbed birth in a modern U.S. teaching hospital, but when you see a woman who isn't frightened, who's giving birth without interference, you stand back in awe and realize how little needed you are except in the rare circumstance. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't be around in case there is a problem. It just means that you should be able to tell when there's a problem, and you should be able to tell how not to create problems."

The bold highlighting is mine. For so many Type I diabetic women who have lived with diabetes forever and are basically healthy, diabetes itself is NOT a problem. Real problems associated with diabetes include fetal heart defects and babies that may be too big, but these things can and should be monitored and treated separately. Diabetic women know how to take care of their blood sugars and should be allowed to do so. They should be treated as a high-risk pregnancy only when there's actually a problem.

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