Want to have a doula or labor coach to assist at your birth? Interested in drafting a birth plan with your partner? Don’t have your baby at the Aspen Women’s Center in Provo, UT.
The center has posted a sign in their entryway that reads:
Because the Physicians at Aspen Women’s Center care about the quality of their patient’s deliveries and are very concerned about the welfare and health of your unborn child, we will not participate in a “Birth Contract”, a Doulah Assisted, or a Bradley Method delivery. For those patients who are interested in such methods, please notify the nurse so we may arrange transfer of your care.
Let’s try that again, shall we: You, the woman who is about to go through one of the most challenging, painful experiences of her life, had better not have any opinions about how you would like to be cared for during that ordeal. It’s imperative that you keep your personal support network out of the way too. We absolutely can’t have anyone in the room who might advocate on your behalf.
They sound like a cult, cutting women off from their loved ones, their professional support and their own intention and intuition. Sadly, they also sound like too much of mainstream medicine.