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July 7th, 2013 07:28 PM #16Member
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Thanks for posting this, stats are more than just the headlines and people forget that often hospital stats include the worst case scenarios that need to be rushed to hospital and indeed the cases where the birth was high risk (outside multiples and prems as you pointed out Blade). With this considered if the outcomes for each setting were only equally good/bad...think of what an excellent job those doctors and nurses in the hospitals are doing with all those tricky cases! Pregnancy and childbirth were and continue to be killers of women (check out international stats ladies), just because they're natural doesn't make them nice or safe.
I was a (first time!) home birth and just feel so lucky that nothing went wrong! I can't believe for a second that my mum had all the facts >.> I love her dearly but that was not her best choice (She was 30 and obese! Who let that happen???!).
July 7th, 2013 07:48 PM #18
What's odd is there are usually CNMs in more populated areas who attend home births, at least enough to cover the demand. I don't know if it's cost, availability, lack of information/ research, or something else that causes women who opt for home birth to choose a different type of midwife, but I'd be interested to know the motivation behind that.Mom to 2 girls ♥ Bayard McConnell "Bay" & Marguerite Davis "Maple"
July 7th, 2013 10:33 PM #20Senior Member
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- Flyover Territory
Oh how I wish this was an option for me. The only birthing center in my metro area is NOT attached to a hospital. Pretty much, if I want to birth with a CNM, I can do it at the birthing center or in my home. I could be wrong, but I don't think that there are many areas in the US that have true midwife run birth centers attached to hospitals. If I choose a hospital birth, I will have intervention after intervention pressed upon me, making my birth much more stressful than it would be if I could trust the attendants to just leave me alone unless something was wrong. Then I'll have people bugging me from sunup to sundown following the birth, keeping baby and me from sleeping, nursing, etc. I'm sure there are US hospitals where this is not the case, but most of us don't have access to them
That said, this paper convinced me not to go with the local birth center, so thank you, Blade. I'd rather deal with the aforementioned complications than mourn a dead or neurologically impaired baby. We'll just be bringing a doula and checking out as soon as I am physically ableTara, proud mama to a Honey Badger
... with a Baby Badger in the works
July 8th, 2013 05:16 AM #22
July 8th, 2013 05:18 AM #24
New Zealand, it is the same midwives (all competent, trained professionals) who attend both hospital and homebirths. No wonder birthing at home is such a safe option for so many women hereMother to miss Mila Arden and her brand new brother, Cato Bennett