A stable attachment from birth can sometimes mean avoiding the conventional methods of birthing: namely, avoiding a hospital birth. Of course, a non-hospital birth is not always an option. High risk pregnancies, multiple fetuses, and other complications rule hospital births necessary and the safest birthing strategy; however, parents considering Attachment Parenting may want to consider an alternative to a hospital birth.
Why would avoiding a hospital birth be beneficial to Attachment Parenting?
Women who birth out of a hospital are taken away from the pressure and temptation of using an epidural or intravenous medication, which expose the baby to any combination of opiods (narcotics) such as morphine, pethidine, and fentanyl or dissociative anesthetics such as ketamine or clonidine.
Exposure to such drugs can hamper the alertness in bother mother and child. Natural birth allows active bonding to take place directly after birth. A baby born free of drugs is generally capable of nursing within 20 minutes of birth, which is most conducive to establishing the nursing bond.
Furthermore, parents who choose to bring their children into the world in a home setting, as opposed to a hospital setting, will have a level of privacy and intimacy during the birthing process which is unattainable in a hospital. New Orleans’s hospitals are notorious for removing newborns from their parents’ presence for the sake of “observation.” Thus, interfering with the natural process of bonding.
In forgoing a hospital birth, you forgo interruptions contraindicated to Attachment Parenting.
A great alternative to both hospital birthing and home birthing is a birth center. Unfortunately, the city of New Orleans has no free-standing birthing centers. However, in nearby Lafayette there is a birth center, which parents in the area may want to consider.
Also, there are midwives in New Orleans who will attend hospital births and provide prenatal care. Being attended by a midwife during your pregnancy and hospital birth is one way to increase the likelihood of a natural birth, despite a hospital setting.
If, however, you are committed to a homebirth, you will need to look beyond the scope of New Orleans to find a midwife who will attend a homebirth in New Orleans. But these seemingly-mythical creatures exist, and will even provide you with prenatal care by visiting you in your own home throughout your pregnancy. That’s right, no wasting time in a waiting room — just good, natural, proactive, personal care. Consult the list of licensed midwife practitioners, if you would like to take the first step in committing yourself to a true bonding experience with your child from the moment of birth. Also, more information about natural birthing in Louisiana can be found at this website.