“When, therefore, we repeat the truism that ‘most births are normal,’ let us remind ourselves that the substantial minority that are not could entail death or mutilation for the mother.” ~Edward Shorter In 1833, the respected midwife Veronika Paul was summoned to the bedside of a laboring woman after the local midwife required help. Paul … Continue reading Questioning Childbirth Folklore
Lately, I’ve become obsessed by the question “Does childbirth, specifically vaginal childbirth, cause pelvic organ prolapse?” Most say yes, some say no. I had assumed childbirth causes prolapse. Wouldn’t pushing out a baby compromise your pelvic floor support structures? Why Do I Care if Childbirth Causes Prolapse? Personally, I don’t. My past is by definition … Continue reading Does Childbirth Cause Pelvic Organ Prolapse?