Shut up, Shut Up, SHUT UP!

Don’t partake of the human experience, don’t discuss this socially, just do as we the experts tell you:

Horrific tales of childbirth from friends and social media forums like Mumsnet are driving women to request caesarean sections, a leading midwife has warned.

Catriona Jones, a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hull, said up to 14 per cent of expectant mothers now suffer from ‘tocophobia’, which is defined as an unreasonable dread of childbirth.

Although women throughout the ages have been afraid of labour, Mrs Jones warned that harrowing accounts on TV dramas and social media were fuelling the problem and called on mothers to avoid sharing their birthing horror stories.

Because of course midwifery is never subject to groupthink or other error. We’re experts.

9 comments on “Shut up, Shut Up, SHUT UP!

  1. My wife watched two documentary series. One on english tv on maternity wards in the UK. One on french tv on maternity wards in france.

    The NHS have a somewhat obsessive view of how women should give birth, their preferences and their comfort by dammed. The french ward was calm, plenty of drugs on offer, patients and nurses relaxed. Amazing what a dash of patient choice can do to a systems priorities.

  2. “Catriona Jones, a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hull, said up to 14 per cent of expectant mothers now suffer from ‘tocophobia’, which is defined as an unreasonable dread of childbirth.”

    How long is it since women routinely died in childbirth? 100 years, maybe less?

    I’d say a woman’s dread of childbirth is rational.

  3. BiND -especially if they are trusting in the coven also known as Midwives.
    There is a commenter here who has the answer to the midwife problem. I just can’t recall if it’s SMFS or Mr Ecks. P45 no pension and be thankful it’s not worse…

  4. My mother was a trained midwife (trained in the late ’50s, that is). She is scathing about modern obstetrics and midwifery in particular. Mind you, half a century ago an incompetent Australian house officer nearly put paid to the both of us and it was only an emergency Caesar that saved us both.

  5. “Natural” childbirth is a horrible painful messy ordeal. There is a newish technology that manages to overcome those problems. My siblings and I are all caesars, otherwise my mother would have died in childbirth (aortic valve damaged by rheumatic fever). Let the “natural” advocates have their teeth removed the “natural” way i.e. with rusty pliers and without anaesthetics.

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