The Baby Fell Out

Ok, stories like the one below (titled the same as this one, but with an MSN video embedded) drive me nuts!
The guy who cut the 'umbiblilcal cord' (please note that it has nothing to do with anything biblical...it is UM-BIL-IC-AL cord) has determined that the second baby would have died in another 'two to three minutes' because somehow being breech deprived him of oxygen? It doesn't say there was a cord prolapse, placental abruption or anything. The baby was fine in the end. If there was oxygen deprivation on the way to the hospital, the baby would have had issues. Likely the second twin was surgically removed simply because he was a second twin and breech. There was no mention of turning him. Granted, they were little babies. Vaginal delivery of a tiny preemie (there are certain criteria in safe vaginal breech birth; not too little, not too big, not a first baby, etc.) is not risk free, but there is no mention of if the baby was a preemie or not, and the first baby 'just fell out'. Obviously she had an adequate pelvis! There is also no mention of what kind of breech the second baby was. Feet first? Butt first? Just because it was an hour between twins doesn't mean the other twin wasn't getting oxygen! There can be hours between twins! They each have their own O2 supply.
Would vaginal birth have been safer for baby than surgery? Who knows? But to suggest that there was "plenty to worry about" simply because her babies were falling out nearly painlessly and doing pretty darn well on the outside seems a bit alarmist to me.
This is the type of reporting that leaves women afraid of birth. Please notice also that the sister 'didn't know what to do'. This is because we do not teach women anything about the nature of birth! We leave it up to the 'experts'. The satirical Monty Python skit , 'The Miracle of Birth', (below... done in the 80s I believe, yet sadly just as relevant today) shows this quite well. The mother asks, 'what do I do' and the doctor tells her 'nothing dear, you're not qualified'.

This is why I've developed a syllabus for a series of college level courses (which could be adapted to high school) that would leave women confident, not afraid of the processes of their own bodies!

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