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Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital, Vol. 1

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on May 7th, 2006

If you want to learn about facts kept hidden from us by the medical industry, you’ll want to read Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital. This book is the result of seven years of work by Jock Doubleday. It’s available only by tax-deductible donation (no minimum) from the California 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Natural Woman, Natural Man, Inc.

You may read excerpts from the 350-page eBook on the Spontaneous Creation web site. The eBook is fully searchable, and you have permission to copy substantial chunks (chapters) to send to your friends and associates.

Here’s a except from the chapter “You Want to Eat During Labor”

If you give birth in a hospital, you will probably be allowed to eat nothing but Jell-O cubes during labor. These Jell-O cubes will be provided by nurses who believe that Jell-O is food.

Although the majority of hospital personnel consider Jell-O to be food (a nonpoisonous ingestible substance), other nonpoisonous ingestible substances that actually are food, such as avocados, tomatoes, lettuce, tahini, apples, oranges, pears, etc., will be denied you. Thus you will find yourself spinning down the vortex of the following Catch 22 oxymorons: nourishing nonfood (Jell-O), nonnourishing food (vegetables, fruit, etc.), and noncaregiving caregivers (nonfood-providing, nourishment-withholding, nonnursing nurses).

The justification for the oxymoronic behavior of giving solely Jell-O to a laboring woman is simple and straightforward in the hospital mind. It is the belief that, because Jell-O turns quickly into liquid, you won’t be likely to choke on it and die if you throw up.

Will you, by the same reasoning, be allowed to put your veggie sandwich in a blender and press “liquefy”? Sorry. Against hospital policy. What is hospital policy? A conglomeration of beliefs the majority of which have withstood the test of time but not science. (For an insightful treatise on the anti-scientific, anti-common sense nature of the Western hospital, see Robert Mendelsohn’s book, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, especially his chapter, “The Temples of Doom.”)

In short, although there is no reasoning behind it, Jell-O is your predictable fate in the hospital maternity ward.

Interested? Click here to read the rest of the chapter.

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6 Responses to “Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital, Vol. 1”

  1. Lana RN Says:

    Before you post this on the internet where everyone can read it, consider your audience. Many will be first time moms who are already scared and you worsen the situation with threats of starvation. There is a reason nurses do not feed patients anything more than clear liquids, which do include more than jello. This is so, if they were to have an emergency cesarean to save their or their babies life and would need a general anesthetic, they would not vomit and aspirate during surgery, in which they may be sleeping and if not sleeping, surely lying on their backs. If they were to aspirate and develop pneumonia is would certainly make them wish they hadn’t had that veggie sandwich. And on that note, who would want a liquified veggie sandwich. Would you? Even on a good day, when you weren’t in labor and already nauseated from the pain, stress and pressure contractions can cause on your stomach. Get real and stop trying to scare women. Love, One of your so-called noncaregiving caregivers. You anger me.

  2. JCF Says:

    I agree with Lana. I work on a women’s floor at a hospital. I wouldn’t call it the ideal setting, but it is not a torture chamber. We aren’t holding anyone hostage either. If they want a veggie sandwich, they can have one. Patients do have rights and autonomy, you know. I thought this sounded like a great article; I am completley pro-natural birth settings. But it is nothing but extremist, exaggerated propaganda. Those seven years of work should have produced more substantial information than three paragraphs about Jello. If this is the best you got, I don’t want to see more.

  3. Donna Dolezal Zelzer Says:

    I want to point out tht *I* didn’t write this book. I’m just letting people know it exists.

    The bit about jello is just one small part from a 350-page e-book, not the entire results of Jock Doubleday’s seven years of work. Please click on the liink in the original article to read excerpts from and learn more about, this book.

    But if want to post comments about it here - pro or con - that’s fine with me!

    Donna

  4. sarah Says:

    Women should be allowed to eat and drink as they feel like it.Modern obstetrics has made childbirth about worry,pain,complications and interventions instead of joy and encoragement to get through a hard but rewarding time.Birth has become about whats comfortable for the doctor and not the woman giving birth.If the doctor wants to leave to go home in three hours suddenly a cesarean is the safest way for mom and baby when really its just a way to get done so he can go home.Not all doctors practice like this but most do and i think it needs to go back to the days when everyone worried about what was most comfortable for the laboring mom and screw the doctor who couldnt possibly bend his back if mom felt more comfortable squatting to deliver than laying on her back.

  5. Bill Says:

    Most people believe in the medicalized method of childbirth. “Doctor knows best” is the rule of the day. But what makes more sense? Letting a woman’s body dictate childbirth as it is designed to do, or to intervene with drugs, tools, and fear? Natural birthing goes WAY beyond being in a hospital, eating jello, or the like. It’s about letting a woman’s body do what it is meant to do. Fetal mortality is lower with natural childbirth - that’s a proven stat. Anyone who claims otherwise should take Jock up on his offer - $10,000 to the person who can show him a scientific study that supports a conclusion that hospital/medical assisted birth is safer.

  6. Joan Says:

    Interesting read indeed, very thought provoking. I think natural childbirth will be debated for many years to come.

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