When a person is looking for truth in any area or even when they are just trying to find themselves, they are really looking for God. God will meet you in every area of knowledge. Jesus is the embodiment of wisdom and truth so following him touches every area of our lives. I Corinthians 1:30 reads, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” This describes the process of following Jesus. He leads us into truth, shows us how to live truth, and frees us from the bondage of worldly ways. No matter what you are doing, God has a better way to do it. God’s way always brings life. That is why my husband and I chose home-birth.
To be clear, I am not in anyway suggesting that good Christians must have home-births. Nor am I suggesting that the act of home-birth makes you holy. Rather, our God is so amazing that you don’t have to submit to the tyranny of the medical system if you don’t want to. I was blessed with parent that chose natural birth for me and home-birth for both of my brothers. I grew up seeing my mother trust God in her pregnancies and births. So I knew it was possible.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was very interested in home-birth. The practice of midwifery was not legal in North Carolina. The medical system uses the law to force women to use their services. They use an incredible amount of money and rhetoric so that women believe that they need to pay a doctor to do what God designed our bodies to do naturally. They spend lots of money on rhetoric designed to undermine our trust in ourselves and our God. To take responsibility for our own birth experience and the health of our baby is irresponsible, you see, without the monitoring of a doctor with specialized machines. Being responsible involves going to pre-natal care and exposing our unborn child to all the nasty foreign germs found in clinics. Can you say methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)? It involves getting an ultra-sound (my son HATED this). It involves shaving your pubic area for the convenience of the doctor. It means getting an episiotomy so that the doctor can cover his liability. In America, it means surrendering your body and your baby chance of a C-section. The rate of C-sections in this country is astonishingly high. It is twice what the World Health Organization recommends.
So I started going to my pre-natal appointments and I also started praying. “Lord, there has to be a better way. What would you have us do?” God answered me. He opened up a job opportunity in for my husband in Wisconsin, and we moved. Midwifery is legal in Wisconsin. I found a mid-wife and a back-up doctor. Everything was set. Then God’s plan started to kick in and it was so much better than ours. Our mid-wife was delivering another baby when I went into labor. It was just us and God. This was our first baby, so we had no idea what we were doing. God provided us with a neighbor who was also a respiratory therapist and in training to be a mid-wife. Adam called her and told her that I was in labor and the mid-wife could not make it. Something green was coming out. Could she come and help us?
She came and identified the “green thing” as the head. (It wasn’t really green. My husband is slightly color blind.) We had this amazing birth with no drugs, technology or medical intervention. It was so natural and so spiritual. God provided exactly what we needed when we needed it. The bond between my husband and I was greatly strengthened, and we were able to bond with our child without interruption over the next few days. We were also not facing a several thousand-dollar hospital bill. We realized that home-birth was not just about escaping the tyranny of the medical profession. It was even more than taking back my body and my freedom. It was about experiencing God’s faithfulness. As we sought God for a better way, He allowed us to know Him by living that way–as He revealed it to us—one piece at a time. It was about getting to know Jesus as we lived His truth—His design. He is our redemption—not just from sin, but from unsound ways of thinking and being.
For years, during the middle ages, the Roman Catholic Church practiced a basic biblical pattern involving the wisdom of midwifery and giving birth, just like the Hebrew midwives did in Exodus. Later, as supposedly “scientific” doctors attempted to take over the practice of midwifery and rejected their practices of hygiene, they wound up killing babies by not practicing hygiene. This is documented eloquently in the feminist classic, Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly.
Locust & Honey has just published another audio book with Roman Catholic scholar, Mike Freze, regarding the revelations that have been reported by saints, and, most recently, by young children who have received visions and messages from the Virgin Mary.