I was involved in a discussion on Facebook with the minister at the Unitarian Universalist church I attend. The discussion was about how U.S. women come up 28th on a list of best places to be a mother. We ended up talking about pregnancy. Many of those who made comments were talking about lack of health insurance and other possible causes of pregnancy complications and even death.
"A woman in the Unites States is more than five times as likely as a woman in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece or Italy to die from pregnancy-related causes in her lifetime and her risk of maternal death is nearly 10-fold that of a woman in Ireland," the report said.
Since I've been working on a book about the topic, this is what I had to say:
Most people in this country have no clue how to care for themselves. They don't exercise. They live on caffeine. They don't get enough sleep. I think it has a great deal to do with what Americans consider diet. Inexpensive "food" like giant sodas, junk food, and fried foods are the perfect ingredients for bad health - for both mother and child.
Without a well balanced diet full of trace minerals, greens, enough water, etc. the body simply can't do what it needs to do. Systems don't work, digestion doesn't happen, hormones don't operate property. If people learned how to care for themselves, they wouldn't need nearly the amount of medical intervention - or affordable life insurance online - as they do now.
My former landlord in Santa Fe took his family to Italy. He was amazed at the difference in the people there. He said he and his family were the only fat people he saw anywhere. Everyone walked a great deal. That means they are outside and moving their body. The Mediterranean diet is also a very healthy one.
Everyone I know that had a pain free and/or quick birth took time for themselves, spent a great deal of time outside in nature, walked a lot, ate very very well, and meditated regularly. When you do those things you are not only in touch with your own body, but the body of the child you are carrying. That is how I spent my pregnancy.
I knew the day I conceived. I knew he was a boy. I knew he was backwards. I was simply in touch with nature, my own body, and my child. That's how to have a healthy birth.