Haley Goranson

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Natural at home childbirth

I'm interested in different people's opinions of this subject.

After watching the documentary "The Business of Being Born" I have decided when I have a baby I want to have a natural at home birth with a midwife there for assistance.

I told a few people of this and they thought it was a bad idea. My grandmother even went as far to say that women who give birth at home should have jail time for endangering their baby.

I believe that having a natural at home birth could be a good experience for me.

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For me now, a birthing center would seem comfortable. Thanks

  • Steve C

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    Dec 11 2012: I think it's great!
    I heard that even JFK was born at home.
    I'd promote water-birth, with delayed cord-clamping, & no infant circumcision!!
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    Dec 9 2012: I say do you reserach on water birth.....I love pregnant ladies
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    Tao P

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    Dec 7 2012: You may enjoy reading 'birth without violence' by Frederick Leboyer. Here's a link to a short trailer to a film about a birthing technique he pioneered in France

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      Dec 8 2012: Thank you for sharing! I agree that giving birth is a life expression!
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    Gail .

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    Dec 6 2012: I have a friend who felt the same way as you. She found a birthing center in a nearby hospital where a midwife assisted in the birth. The room was lovely, like a nice bedroom with wallpaper, drapes, and artwork. She was home a few hours after birth. Perhaps a nearby hospital has a birthing center?

    I think that you may have a problem finding a midwife who is willing to take the legal risk of birthing at home.
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    Dec 6 2012: I am a huge believer in midwife delivered peripardum care. I used midwives with both of my kids but I delivered in the hospital. Had I not, I would be dead now, with each delivery.

    My pregnancies were normal and we expected normal deliveries so the MD associated with the midwife had no problem with the midwife attending care.

    But the first labor lasted 72 hours and the baby was distressed and had to be intubated right away. I could not deliver the placenta and lost so much blood in 1 hour my count was less than half normal. They had to do emergency surgery to remove the placenta.

    Similar problem with the second child but we did not allow the labor to continue so long so the baby faired better. But there was another surgery.

    I am the poster child for in hospital birth. I tell all my friends not to risk it. It's never worth you or the baby dying.
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    Dec 6 2012: In Australian hospitals we have birthing suites which are visually like a hotel suite except with a spa in the lounge room. All going well the mother gives birth on the couch or floor, or in the spa with no medical equipment or staff other than the delivery nurse and as many family members as she likes. This gives most of the effect of a home birth but there's a regular delivery room next door and a theatre down the hall if anything goes wrong. Do US hospitals have anything similar?
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    Dec 5 2012: "women who give birth at home should have jail time for endangering their baby"

    yeah, that would most likely help the child
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      Dec 5 2012: Yes, but to get to see this takes a second thought which often is blockt by the 'horror' of the first one.
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      Dec 5 2012: Or... a mother will be charged and serves her prison term 18 years later ...
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      Dec 5 2012: I hope that my grandmother was just being dramatic when she said that. Maybe in hopes to convince me to not have a at home birth. She can be dramatic :>
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    Lejan .

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    Dec 5 2012: Without no prior medical indication for a difficult birth and with an experienced midwife of your choice and who you trust at your side, I don't see any reason not to do this if this was your choice.

    Pregnancy is no medical condition and the act of birth not its cure.

    Nevertheless I would call in statistics on this matter to find out about possible risks which I may not have considered myself. I don't know if statistics are available and how biased they are, so multi-source information screening may become necessery.

    Germany just recently changed the liability conditions for midwifes, which caused their liability insurance to ramp up in rates dramatically. Due to this more and more self-employed midwifes are stopping their services, because they are not willing to scale up the numbers by reducing the time and quality they spend on their customers. So if the concept of 'Lean (Re)production' is their only way to earn a living today in Germany, we as society - again - have missed the point... I hope the US differ from that.
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    Dec 5 2012: When you get to that point, you will find that midwives often have rights at hospitals that allow them to move the birth to a hospital at the first signs of risk to mother or child.

    Depending on how far you live from a hospital, the risks will be different. There are other issues, such as your health and the position of the baby, that affect the risk.

    Doing her homework when the time comes and consulting with her prenatal care providers will allow a mother and father to make informed decisions that take risks into account. Many hospitals have midwives on the staff as well, and many hospital births are natural in the sense of not involving pain relief.

    The popularity of hospital births is closely connected, I think, to mothers' typical priority of minimizing the risk to the baby. For some mothers, this means a willingness to compromising their experience.
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    Dec 11 2012: I'm of the opinion that there isn't anything resembling synthetic childbirth yet...
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    Dec 6 2012: Linda, I would have lost my first as well. I agree entirely that there is nothing worth the baby dying.