Oct 142009
 

“Only if you want to blow your butt hole out.” -CNM when asked about alternative positions for pushing such as squatting.

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 October 14, 2009  CNM, pushing  Add comments

  16 Responses to “"Only If You Want To Blow Your Butt Hole Out!"”

  1. Very professional.

  2. NICE!

    That one is a winner.

  3. Yeah, it’s not like having to push extra hard because you’re flat on your back could cause damage, or having gravity and biology on your side could make pushing easier and quicker. /sarcasm

    Squatting is a physiologically normal way to birth. It’s flat on your back in stirrups for the doctor’s convenience that’s unnatural, and yet someone who wants freedom to birth normally gets told lies like this. It’s so irritating.

  4. I’m curious as to why you would listen to them on this one as the squatting position is the position least likely to result in tearing. It opens your pelvis up further because of the positioning of your body and allows gravity to help in the delivery. Seems like a winning choice to me over lying on your back which results in the smallest opening possible for delivery – never a good choice.

  5. Jessica, are you serious?

  6. I squatted to deliver my son. My, erm, butt hole is intact AND I didn’t tear. ;)

  7. “jessica” appears to be a spambot, the link on her name is some kind of dating site, and those often run spambots that make random nonsensical comments on blogs trying to get people to click (and yeah, silly me I clicked, not realizing what was up).

  8. I can’t believe it would be a midwife saying this! Aren’t midwives trained in birth positions other than flat on the back?

  9. @Kat! thanks, deleted the jessica spam! MOSW

  10. @ TJ haven’t you noticed the large number of CNM’s represented on this site? I’m not sure what they are being trained in, but evidently it is not the midwives philosophy of care.

  11. TJ and Jennifer – I believe when I was reading Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth she listed CNM’s as a category to be a bit more iffy with. That CNM’s often work out of a hospital and are generally more in line with hospital based care (because of the pressures put on them by their hospital) rather than traditional midwifery care. Not that you can’t have a great CNM but that you should interview them more carefully so you know what you are getting.

    I don’t have that book handy at the moment so I can’t check to be sure but that has stood out to me every time I’ve seen a CNM quote on this site.

  12. I agree with Rachel about CNMs & hospitals. My first midwife was a home-birthing CNM, so I know there are some traditional midwives among CNMs; but some midwives are restricted or restrained by either the law or the local hospital (having to toe the line in order to maintain privileges), so have to drift towards the medical model of care.

    Plus, some midwives are just hospital-based L&D nurses who are “advancing their career” (or whatever) to become a hospital-based CNM, and are no more committed to the midwifery model of care than the man in the moon.

  13. Some people have a comforting way with words…Seems like something Christina Yang from “Grey’s Anatomy” would say!

  14. HAHAHA I could not stop laughing! Hilarious!

  15. I’ve had two homebirths in NON-lithotomy positions and my butthole is definitely still intact and doing just fine and dandy.

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