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Poll: Would you have a home birth?

Posted November 13, 2010

During the last couple of weeks, I've featured a local nurse-midwife who can attend home births and a mom who planned a home birth (and had a successful one earlier this week).

Would you consider having one? Vote in our poll.

Would you give birth at home?

Go Ask Mom recently featured a certified nurse-midwife who attends home births and a local mom who plans to give birth at home. Would you have a baby at home?
certified nurse-midwife who attends home births and a local mom who plans to give birth at home. Would you have a baby at home?" /> I gave birth at home.
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Not for me.
I'd consider it.

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  • sumpinlikedat Nov 18, 2010

    "They are the innocent victims of medical mishaps, they are subjected to seperation from their mothers, fed appalling substitutes for breastmilk,stuck with needles and lancets for testing that is unreliable at less than 5 days, dried, weighed and wrapped before their parents have a chance to check out their new child."

    Okay, I was done with this topic but I have to say something about this comment.

    In absolutely NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM are newborns subjected to separation from their mothers if the mothers don't want them to be. Yes they are tested for illnesses, but if you really think a little heel stick is going to scar your kid for life, you're insane. Also, they are only fed formula if the MOTHER CHOOSES. I got to see all three of my children and hold 2 of them before they were ever weighed, dried, wrapped, or anything else. The only one I didn't get to hold was unresponsive at birth. Quit spreading fear and misinformation. It doesn't behoove you.

  • radmadmid Nov 16, 2010

    by the way, JAT, babies die in hospitals. They are the innocent victims of medical mishaps, they are subjected to seperation from their mothers, fed appalling substitutes for breastmilk,stuck with needles and lancets for testing that is unreliable at less than 5 days, dried, weighed and wrapped before their parents have a chance to check out their new child. The treatment of mothers is even worse and breaks my heart... Hospitals are not safe for anyone who intends a natural, unmedicated birth. Ask your local hospital for statistics re newborn infection, C-section, epidural,etc...bet they wont give it to you!

  • radmadmid Nov 16, 2010

    the reasons that babies survive now have more to do with good nutrition, access to medical care when a woman is not pregnant,birth-spacing and contraception, identification of underlying health conditions and better general health in the population. When birth moved into hospitals, infection and poor practice actually increased the death rate for mothers and babies. And this was among women from higher socio-economic groups who could afford to pay.
    More importantly, women are wise and capable of choosing for themselves. Nobody is suggesting that all women should want to give birth at home; please dont suggest that all women must give birth in hospital!

  • JAT Nov 15, 2010

    rhianna - hospitals are still a safer bet. They are both equally safe if (1) the house is crazy clean and (2) there are no problems at birth. But if there's an issue, that baby has a much better chance at survival in a hospital. There's a reason that the death rate for babies declined from the time when all babies were born at home, in the cold, in the rain, in unsanitary conditions, etc.

  • Lab mom Nov 15, 2010

    NOPE. I ALSO HAD A PARTIAL ABRUPTION. SHE ENDED UP IN THE NICU AND I HAD AN EMERGENCY C SECTION.

  • tatermommy52 Nov 15, 2010

    I know a woman who had a natural birth at her home and she told her husband during the procedure that.....

  • missparrothead Nov 15, 2010

    no way jose.

  • sumpinlikedat Nov 15, 2010

    Having almost lost my youngest to a partial placental abruption, and after having a necessary emergency c-section at 35 weeks, I have to say no, I would never attempt a home birth. My doctor took absolutely the best care of me and my daughter that I could ever ask of anyone. He treated us like family. Not all midwives are the greatest, just like not all doctors are the greatest. You should find what's right for you, not what's right for someone else, and go with it.

  • rhiannongiles Nov 15, 2010

    But Jat- the piece of the puzzle that you're missing is that hospitals aren't always the safest option, either. MRSA, other germs, medical mishaps, the potential dangers of epidurals and unnecessary c-sections, etc. Neither option is perfect, but neither is bad, either, assuming important factors are taken into account. As lisa28 points out, studies show that homebirths are just as safe as hospital births.

  • cphartley Nov 15, 2010

    Birth is inherently safe. Interfering with the natural process is what makes it risky. If you do the research you will find that birth at home is quite safe. If birth was not safer than NOT, there would not be so many of us. Hospitalization for birth if a fairly recent historical detour. Birth is NOT safer in the hospital for MOST women. The body that can oversee the complexities of conception and grow a baby 24/7, can certainly manage to eject the baby. Problem is that we interfere with that normal function of biology and rarely allow a woman to get to experience the fetal ejection reflex. Women who birth at home are not very likely to end up with a surgical extraction. Women who go to the hospital are VERY likely to have one. Please read more, ask more questions, do the research before you decide against home birth. www.trustbirth.com www.morebabiespreferhomebirth.com

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