What I Believe About Childbirth

Written by Dotti Kirkpatrick. Posted in Articles

I want you to know what my approach to childbirth is based on, so here are some of my beliefs...

  • I believe that “Children are a gift of the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a great reward.” (Psalm 127:3) 
  • I believe that childbirth is a natural event, not a medical procedure. 
  • I believe that when parents are properly educated and prepared for childbirth, it can be a wonderful experience-of-a-lifetime for them, binding them closer together as a couple and a family. I recommend childbirth classes taught by Heidi Flight http://www.bradleybirth.com/heidiflight or Laura Tefertiller http://www.birthsjourneyonline.com/
  • I believe in the parents’ right to choose the caregiver and place of care to birth their baby, whether it be with a midwife or a physician, and whether it is in their own home, in a birth center, or in a hospital. 
  • I believe that when parents are given accurate information, the vast majority of them are capable of making the best decisions regarding the circumstances for the birth of their children. 
  • I believe that proper nutrition during pregnancy, including appropriate nutritional supplements, is vital for the health of the mom and her baby. 
  • I believe that, for a vast majority of pregnancies and births, medical intervention is entirely inappropriate, and may result in unnecessary complications for moms and babies. 
  • I believe that most episiotomies and most cesarean sections are unnecessary. Situations may arise requiring these interventions, but they should be very rare. 
  • I believe that there is a tremendous need for excellent doctors and hospitals. I am not “anti-doctor” or “anti-hospital.” I am thankful for wise, sensitive doctors and hospitals. I never hesitate to refer to a physician or to transport to a hospital when necessary. 
  • I believe that the baby growing in the mother’s womb is a human child. No matter what the circumstances are outside the womb, I do not believe that the baby deserves to die for it. I am pro-life. However, I believe that moms who may have made mistakes in the past need grace and compassion, not condemnation.

~Dotti Kirkpatrick

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