Whaaat??!? The Danger of Placenta Previa is Really Just “Hospital Drama”

You may remember the Whaaatt? post regarding birthing at home with placenta previa. If you need to refresh your memory, it’s right over here. As it turns out, the original page is the gift that keeps on giving. Birth Without BS posted a link for discussion on her facebook page, and many people were appropriately shocked at the poorhideously awful advice therein. ¬†However, one commentor took it upon herself to educate the masses:

Ahhh, I see, that makes so much sense. If we could all just have a slightly more Traditional — with a capitol “T”! –indigenous paradigm (which has apparently been proven, as opposed to the “unproven male mechanistic medical paradigm”), things like placenta previa just wouldn’t be a problem! We can just keep calm and that placenta will take care of itself. Our reptilian brain will kick into gear and somehow get that baby THROUGH the placenta and out first. Not only that, if you manage to acquire that Traditional, indigenous paradigm, you WILL be able to just read something off the internet and go for it. Change your paradigm, people!!



18 thoughts on “Whaaat??!? The Danger of Placenta Previa is Really Just “Hospital Drama”

  1. I should not have read this before coffee. HOW is anyone so stupid, so dismissive of her OWN responsibility, and so sure of her ability to label the responsibility of others? Reptilian brain? Placenta seals itself off? Does she even have any IDEA what a placenta previa is?

  2. Just admit it lady, that “western male medicine” SAVES lives. And its no longer male, as science isn’t tendered and many women are doctors now. Or are you still in 1920?
    PP is deadly, I hope no one is dumb enough to believe this stuff.

    Women like that make modern feminists look bad. By allowing males to claim the largest part of today’s progress, and leaving women with the unproven intuition and traditional ways of knowing, she basically says women arent equal, that we are second class. Even if she thinks intuition trumps the basis of modern medicine and health (!), no one else does, and by doing this, she relegates women to a separate sphere of existence. Makes us different, and not even equal. Exactly what feminism is all about- riiiiiiigggghhhtt……

  3. Which indigenous, traditional culture is it that she claims to belong to, exactly?

    With maternal haemorrhage being a major cause of maternal mortality in the developing world (you know, the places where UC is the default, traditional birth assistants are a luxury and a c-section and hospital delivery are unobtainable dreams) I just want to know what she feels all those millions of indigenous, traditional women are doing wrong.

  4. D’oh, D’Anne.

    Astraea, I have ADHD so I prefer disorganized medicine, where people remove my gall bladder when I’m supposed to be having my wisdom teeth taken out. If it happens, it’s meant to be!

  5. Yes, and the problem isn’t with the placenta D’TACHING, D’Anne, it’s with the massive hemorrhage that is killing the mother and the baby. Because the baby has to BREAK THROUGH IT TO GET OUT. OK?

    You can’t fix stupid.

  6. The culture to which I am indigenous has a very safe means of dealing with previa, backed by tradition: c-sections.

    Aside from all the idiocy, I am entirely exhausted with the assumption (never spoken, but often quite obviously underlying this kind of statement) that a previa won’t be an issue until labor, which will occur at term.

  7. A very close friend of mine had an undiagnosed previa, so when she went into labour she was entirely unhindered by western male medicalised notions of what her body could or could not do.

    She bled anyway. She was at home in the early stages of labour when the haemorrhaging began and had a terrifying trip to the hospital and an emergency c-section. Thanks to this intervention her and her baby were fine.

    These people are truly playing with lives. Armchair speculation on gender paradigms and medical diagnoses – for god’s sake, woman, go and do something real.

  8. T’was…T’isn’t… I’m not taking medical advice from someone who doesn’t even know the language, for starters.

    But I guess she makes a point… the reason why my pregnancy was almost an epic disaster is answered: apparently I wasn’t motivated enough.

    Yup… that’s it.

    • Little Me, you shouldn’t take so much on. Your near disastrous pregnancy wasn’t your fault, and my near disastrous pregnancy wasn’t mine. The near disasters were caused by the lack of faith in those around us. If only *they* had believed that we could deliver safely at home, we’d have been fine!

      It is my considered opinion that D’Anne has spent too much time reading “The Secret” and other LOA bullshit, and believes that the power of belief can somehow overcome anatomy, physiology, and physics.

      • Sorry, ElizabethA, I was swimming in sarcasm and snark that day! I absolutely know that mine was simply an unfortunate, but in the end very lucky, set of positional problems. My doctor and I had several conversations about what the odds of each problem was, and the combined odds were ridiculous. I ought to play the lottery.

        My doc was extremely kind, but had strong opinions on the woo-y side of pregnancy and childbirth that have gained prominence recently. In one notable conversation he mentioned that a mere 30-50 years ago, not only would my son likely not have survived, but the odds for me making it would have been shaky, too. I feel positively blessed to have had access to the most advanced medical care in the world from day one, so that at no time were there any surprises (at least none that couldn’t be handled!).

        You’re absolutely right- much of this denial of risk is due to risk being so well managed in our lifetimes that we simply don’t see it, and attribute all our health and wealth to our own abilities. (Power of positive thinking = perfect baby, home, life, job, etc)


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