I agree, if I ever did a homebirth I would want a midwife there! And if the baby was coming too fast to go to the hospital we would call 911 so that paramedics could get us to the hospital quickly and administer any emergency treatments.
My OB is amazing and because she works at the largest practice in town, they have a huge influence over the hospitals. They are the only practice that does VBACs and breech births. Both hospitals have embraced natural birth and if you are going unmedicated then you are allowed to have a liquid diet during labor.View Thread
No problem! I hope this community grows! I found that a lot of people are not supportive of 'alternative' birth and have a mentality that modern medicine will solve everything. I am always amazed at reading birth stories where they got the epi but did not learn how to manage the pain they felt until they could get it and how it 'ruined' their experience. That just never made any sense to me! You know that you will not get the epi until contractions are pretty close so why would you not learn about pain management before to get you through that time?View Thread
This is my first pregnancy and when I mentioned to my OB that I wouldn't be able to handle the pain she had a long talk with me about how women underestimate themselves and told me about her birthing experiences. She told me that she choose to have a med free birth at a hospital and would like me to think about my options and we would talk more about it at my next appointment.
That talk led me to do research on my own and I watched the Business of Being Born and became interested in natural birth and home births. Although because of things that have happened in my family over the years I have choosen that I would be more comfortable in a hospital. But I also opened up to the idea of having a doula and interveiwed local ones. I couldn't be happier! My doula is amazing and is always there for me asking lots of questions and guiding me through all this.
When I came back to my OB and told her about my doula she was excited for us! She even told me about how natural births are her favorite to attend and that she hoped she would be on call when we went into labor.
How many women can say their OB actually turned them to natural birth and away from meds? Of course if she felt it was in my best interest then she would suggest them but I feel confident that she (and her partners who hold the same values) would only offer me what they felt I could benefit from and not force anything on me. Since I have also become interested in patient rights DH has been instructed on how to be my advocate and what questions and steps he needs to take to make sure I am listened to. He has really embraced this whole idea and when his mom challenged our decision he stood up for her and told her that this was the best thing for our family.View Thread
I created this exchange for those who are actively planning, has had or curious about having an unmedicated birth either at home, a birthcenter or hospital.
This is really meant to be a judge free zone. If you have questions please ask but please do not judge those who would choose what some people call 'alternative' choices. Not everyone has the same beliefs.View Thread
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