Stephanie shares her unique story of motherhood. Stephanie is not only an advanced maternal age mother of two, but also a reverend and a doula in Austin, Texas. Founder Sharon had the pleasure of meeting her in person.
My first pregnancy and birth happened while I was living in the Netherlands, where my husband and I were pursuing master’s degrees. The Dutch generally have a very different view of birth than Americans. They see birth as a normal event. Painful? Yes. Inherently dangerous? No. In the Netherlands, student OBs must first train with midwives to learn about normal birth before they go on to study its possible complications. Midwives attend most births there (since most births are uncomplicated), and the parents-to-be have the choice of giving birth in the hospital or at home (about 20% of Dutch births are home births).
In short, I had adopted the Dutch view of pregnancy and birth as normal.
Twice they pricked my finger, to check for gestational diabetes, and something else I can’t remember. That was it.[/pullquote]
This was where I encountered my one and only experience of being treated differently as AMA.