Friday, January 1, 2010

My Grandfather, The Birth Activist

What a great way to start out the new year! My 85-year old grandfather (who doesn't talk much but when he does, always has something interesting to say) told me that he was talking to a woman he used to work with and she told him about one of her employees who was going to have to have a c-section due to breech and was terrified. My grandfather said,"Why, I told her that there was a doctor in Pittsburgh at the Womens Hospital that would turn the baby around. I told her you did it and you have a normal delivery after. Then, I got a call a few weeks later saying that the gal went to Pittsburgh, had the baby turned, and then had the baby normally."

C-section averted by an 85 year old electrician.

Awesome.

Tell your birth story. You never know who is listening. Sometimes, all someone needs is to hear that there is a realistic alternative. Erie to Pittsburgh is realistic. Erie to the Farm is not for most people. Spread the word on your local and regional natural birth supporters and help give women choices!

7 comments:

Ameya said...

That's so awesome!! How lucky for that woman that your grandfather is so on the ball!

Connie said...

Hooray for your grandfather!! :D

doulamomma said...

That's awesome! Go your granddad!

Brenda said...

That's wonderful, you are so right Karen!

HoSu said...

I love this post! Electricians really know their stuff!

Sheridan said...

This story made me cry. Good for him and good for you!

Mama Seoul said...

I was really shocked and surprised. I think it shows that so many women are just looking for alternatives.