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Breakthrough 1976-03 - Page 4. March 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 27, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4730/show/4717.

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(March 1976). Breakthrough 1976-03 - Page 4. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4730/show/4717

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Title Breakthrough 1976-03
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date March 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 3
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript Home birth delivery by midwife (Editor's note: As feminists, we believe in a principle of choice in matters pertaining to our own bodies and babies. Natural childbirth and/or midwife delivery are options open to women. Breakthrough will examine other child bearing alternatives in future issues). Ardis prm-partum Martha Frosh, Ardis, and mirror gat up for viewing By Sharon Helene Lynn Witness! The story of the successful home birth of a first child: a child born in a setting of quietness, familiarity and health. Shawna was born at dawn on November 20, but preparations began one year earlier when wife and husband decided to have the child. The mother's name is Ardis and she lives in Houston. "I began to read Adelle Davis' book LeVs Have Healthy Children and I followed her prescribed diet of natural and healthful foods," Ardis said. "I followed the whole spectrum of vegetables and fruits, nuts, legumes, yogurt, and fresh lean met - especially liver. There was no junk food such as Coca-Cola and no drugs except for an aspirin once, to relieve a headache when all else failed. "I also made up Ms. Davis' Super Drink which, taken in the morning, will energize you for the day," Ardis continued. "It's particularly good if you are hypoglycemic like I am." Super Drink 2 cups milk 1 cup instant dry milk 1 cup fruit 2 T nutritional yeast 2 T vegetable oil 1 T calcium lactate 1 T lecithin 1 tablet magnesium oxide "When I told my doctor I planned to have this child at home, they all flipped out," Ardis said. "He yelled at me and asked me if I didn't realize that I was taking my baby's life into my own hands. Well, what better hands? The nurse wouldn't tell me anything that I needed to know .... very nasty, but let me say that pre-natal care is very important." Toward the end of her pregnancy, Ardis took the LaMaze course of natural childbirth in preparation for the drugless birth. She obtained a list of midwives from the City Health Department and chose a name .... Martha Frosh. "I wasn't sure if I was going to call Martha when the time came," Ardis said. "Very strange feelings were surfacing of wanting to go off all alone and have my baby like some animal might do. But, certainly in the end I did call Martha and was grateful for her. The final act of childbearing is at times very scary." Shawna weighed over 11 pounds and Ardis tore considerably. In the afternoon her husband took her to Hermann Hospital for an episiotomy. The emergency room fee was $150. Martha Frosh charged $60. Normal hospital births cost over $1,000, and the people attending women are not usually responsive to their wishes; they are responsive only to their procedure. I believe this is the real reason for the trend toward home births. Women are tired of having pregnancy and birth treated as if it were an illness; tired of having their genitals shaved for no reason; tired of having the decision-making in childbirth snatched away from them by doctors who claim they know best and refuse to give any information. Women are also tired of being shot up with an oxytocin to induce labor simply because the hospital schedules are set up to deliver a baby every two hours. One midwife said that obstetricians should have their scrotoms slit and stitched and have to sit on it for a week so they would know what it feels like. Then they might not perform espisiotomies on a standard basis. Too, some women are tired of being offered or even slipped drugs without their consent such as Demerol by people supposedly looking out for their and their baby's best interest. And they're tired of having the child taken by forceps as standard procedure because time is money in a hospital. Even in hospitals set up for "natural childbirth," the attitude there is that you will not make it, " naturally!' In Ardis' bedroom Martha Frosh says to her, "Come on, you can make it. You've made this far,just a little bit longer." Some women, like Ardis, have taken their child's life into their own hands and have made it. That is their choice. Photos of birth sequence by Jim Caldwell Martha wipes child s face, manually clears her mouth and nam Child's hood crowning Ardis and new baby daughter, Shawna.