I’m about 8 moons pregnant, and thus far I have had very little intervention as I feel that most intervening is absolutely unnecessary and a lot of the time is potentially harmful. I took my time finding a perfect midwife, found her around week 22 or so and I absolutely love her!
I really don’t see a doctor for anything, I take my health into my own hands or go to people who I can trust (herbalists, an essential oil therapist, nature). For thousands and millions of years, people did just fine without hospitals and crazy pills… and in my experience pills cause way more harm than good. That’s my personal belief through my personal experiences and I feel that I am totally entitled to that belief as long as I’m not putting myself, my baby, or anyone else in danger. My decisions for myself and my family are very educated, this is my right.
That being said… There were a few tests that my wonderful midwife wanted me to have done that she cannot do herself at her birthing center. A blood draw and a pap smear… okay that was fine with me. I can handle getting a couple of standard tests done that are totally non-invasive and non-threatening. I knew no harm could come from them so I went ahead and got it done. It was definitely not a pleasurable experience waiting for an hour and a half in the health clinic waiting room although I had scheduled an appointment 2 weeks in advance, but I got it over with and thought that would be the end of it. Nope, not quite.
The next test they wanted to do is called a Beta Strep or Group B Strep test. I declined this one because I feel that it can cause undue stress on me and the baby. The thing about the test is that if I come up positive for Beta Strep, I will then be REQUIRED to take antibiotics during my labor. I feel that antibiotics do FAR more damage than the potential effects of having strep in my birth canal could do. There is a 1 in 200 chance of the baby having strep B if the mother tests positive for it, and about 25% of women do test positive for it. (http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/about/fast-facts.html) So if I do have it, the baby has a .5% chance of getting it… Yet with antibiotics there is a 100% certainty that they will also end up in my baby. And what do antibiotics do? Well they totally kill all living bacteria good or bad that reside in me and the baby. That means no intestinal flora, killing our immune systems, potential serious illness, etc.. It’s just a bad idea.
All that aside, I do know how to eliminate the Beta Strep from my system naturally. By using charcoal pills, all of the bacteria can be eliminated and cleansed out of me before the test so that I test “negative”. So I could just go ahead and take the test, do just fine, and not have to undergo any antibiotic treatment… but I don’t want to play those games. The government is trying to take away my rights as a mother and indoctrinate me into their systems to do what is good for them. Sorry guys, I’m going to go ahead and do what’s best for ME!
The midwife is no longer allowed to see me. I refused the test so the State of Arkansas will not “approve an out of hospital birth.” So I’m having a home birth with some wonderful women and my amazing partner attending to keep the peace and support me during my beautiful, perfect labor. I am totally confident that all will go well.