Human beings have been created with the most amazing physical capabilities. A woman's body has been designed to grow another human life and also to birth that new life into the world. In Ancient cultures this was a well recognised and celebrated fact. Women were revered and considered extremely powerful because of their ability to a) bleed without dying (menstruation) and b) give birth to a new life. What has happened between then & now? Over the millenia we have completely lost trust in the female body's ability to give birth naturally. Women in the developped world have so little TRUST in their own bodies, so little faitb in their own intuition that they place all their POWER & TRUST in the hands of the medical professionals. Obstetricians, doctors, nurses and even a lot of midwives these days are not trained in Natural birth. They expect something to go wrong and they don't understand the unique and perfect physiology of a natural, uninterruupted birth. The "birth system" is so perfectly balanced and sensitive, that any interruption or intervention to it causes it to stop functioning properly. This is where we get the scenario that one intervention then leads on to another and then another until the system has completely shut down and a c section or forceps delivery is the result with both mother and baby traumatised and disempowered.
Things that interrupt the "birth system" can be going to the hospital, being induced, being monitored, drugs of any kind, epidurals, not having freedom of movement, lying on your back, change of support staff, loud noises, harsh smells. Anything that increases the mother's level of fear or anything that interferes with her natural hormonal response to birth will disrupt this perfectly balanced system.
It is TIME for women to once again learn about their own bodies and TRUST in its ability to birth.