‘Money ball’ The Film: What Does It Teach Us About ‘The Maternity Review? ☺️

Billy Bean, played by Brad Pit has just taken a baseball side beyond what it ‘should’ have been capable of accomplishing.

He has done it using a ‘way of thinking’ that, until this point, had never been applied to baseball before.

The clip below is him being offered a ‘big money’ opportunity to take his ‘system’ of management to the highest level.

Have you watched it? If not do it now! The rest of this blog will make more sense.

What, I hear you saying has the Baroness and Brad Pitt got in common?

The Baroness was certainly one of the ‘first through the wall’, way back in the early 90’s she headed a review committee that recommended ‘continuity of known midwife’ for women who were pregnant, some of you probably remember it? Right? Changing Childbirth.

I remember being so excited about the fruit of her work back then and it spawned a wealth of innovative projects designed to achieve what women were asking for.

I was deeply involved with a case load bearing experiment that culminated in a home birth rate of 18% locally and women getting what they had said they wanted regarding knowing their midwife as they gave birth

In the years that followed things didn’t work as we all expected, and baroness Cumberledges’ vision experienced ‘bloody teeth’, being the ‘first through the wall’, she paved the way.

With the publication of the recent ‘maternity review’ report she has demonstrated her heroic commitment to pregnant women and their families. She has wiped the blood from her mouth, and come out swinging.

The report leads with what seems to be a deeply felt need of pregnant women to be given choice, and for that choice to be expressed through a growing relationship with a midwife she knows and trusts.

All of this leads me to ask the question, what stopped her 20 year old report from having the impact that we hoped for, bearing in mind that this 2016 report seems to echo many of her early 90’s insights?

The ‘moneyball’ clips hints at what some of the reasons might be.

What the report is doing is ‘threatening the game’ of how birthing structures are set up currently, and those in power will probably respond, (of course on the surface based on what they ‘perceive’ are the needs of pregnant women ), defensively, why?

Because at a deeply unconscious level they are afraid, this fear, the fruit of millions of years  of evolvolutionary adaptation has been tested over time, and it has worked perfectly; we are alive aren’t we?

It’s deeply rooted in the human animals need to survive.

I’ve watched the debate on Twitter and Facebook with a painful recognition of this pattern out working, the personally focused attacks made by both sides of this polarised subject bear sad testimony to the ‘fact’….😔

Nothing new with come of this fabulous report if we all don’t learn from the ‘truths’ expressed in the film clip you have just watched.

It’s time for a root and branch transformation of how our institutions support women and their families in this country.

Will we, as a professional birth community, have the insight into, what is a visceral human response?

Will we stop long enough to really hear what those who oppose us are saying?

Only then will we be able to move forward together, into a period of time where birthing women are offered the kind of service that truly honors the brilliance that resides inside them.

Birthing woman have ‘inside out’ power, and we professionals have the awesome privilege of ‘just’ pointing in the direction of that innate genius☺️

2 thoughts on “‘Money ball’ The Film: What Does It Teach Us About ‘The Maternity Review? ☺️

  1. I am a man from Seattle (US), recently transplanted to Manchester and we just had a free birth together with our child and a doula. I feel eternally blessed to have had the experience and as a practicing therapist, I believe much of our complexes stem from the birth experience. So much so that I have created rebirthing rituals. I recently watched Moneyball and felt compelled to comment. My partner and I were struggling with how much we wanted to integrate the midwives with our birthing experience. In the end we opted out. One thing I want to say as a US citizen is to remember to appreciate the option to opt out, since as you probably know the American medical system is the equivalent of the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, a corporation existing for the sole purpose of milking dry the pocket books of the people. I grew up playing baseball and love the game but I had to opt out, as we opted out of having midwives, because of how corrupt it has become. But that doesn’t mean I stopped loving the game. And I opted out of having the midwives but that doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate them. I love baseball and wish it would go back the era where it was sacred and I feel the same about the birthing process. Having our child the way we did was the greatest experience in my life, it was the equivalent of adding my Vision Quest, Grief rituals, Masters Degree, every performance as a musician or actor I experienced, all combined to its purity and tripling it. This is a once in a lifetime experience that should be held with sacredness and like Billy Bean who loved the game so much he opted out of the dangers of the establishment to lure one into the profane. As a therapist, I believe that we all innately know how to heal our trauma, and as humans I believe we innately know how to come into the world and if it is done with the intention of sacredness, beauty, creativity, compassion then I also believe this will heal the world.

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