- Kristin Eapen
What is my birth philosophy?
Updated: Apr 19, 2022
When choosing a care team, its important to understand their philosophies and belief systems surrounding birth. I wanted to share with you my philosophy on birth as a birth doula and educator.....
I believe that birth is a normal, natural, and healthy process that can safely take place in a hospital, birthing centre or home.
I believe every individual should have the opportunity;
To be an active participant in their care, through informed choice (which includes informed consent and informed refusal);
Give birth as they wish in an environment they feel is nurturing and secure, ensuring their emotional well-being, privacy, and personal preferences are respected;
Receive support for making informed choices on what they feel is best for them and baby
Interventions carry risks to both mother and baby and should be reserved for rare circumstances in which the benefits outweigh the risks;
If an individual chooses a specific intervention, they should be given resources, and information including the benefits, risks, and alternatives to make an informed decision for their care