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    Posted August 10, 2010 by
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
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    Giving birth at home

    Where Does the Risk Really Lie?


    Both of my children were born at home, and I am planning for my third to be born at home, as well. With my first, I was uneasy with the idea of birth in general. I now believe that this is a problem of pandemic proportions. However, the more I learned about the birth process, the more uncomfortable I became with hospital procedure. Always an IV? Frequently restricted to bed, which often slows labor? High rates of induction and birth augmentation? High rates of C-Section with no chance (in this area) for VBAC? Only pushing on my back, which closes the pelvic opening? Little to no control, at least not without a fight, over where my baby goes after birth or for how long?


    For the most part, my discomfort with trying to make birth a uniform procedure outweighed my fear of the unknown with homebirth. Those fears were finally ceased when I realized that midwives carry everything necessary in an emergency- oxygen, pitocin, ability to do an episiotomy, etc- that a hospital has, short of an operating room. An operating room takes at least 15 minutes to prep for a cesaerean, which just happened to be our distance from the local hospital.


    So, for me, I am missing out on nothing with a homebirth, yet gaining everything. My freedom, a care providor working only with my labor and not on her own schedule, and qualified care given based upon my unique child and birth, not on standardized procedures. If you ask me, the risk lies in medicalized/standardized birth and not at home with a qualified midwife.

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