I think this might stir up some controversy, but I'm going to blog about it anyway.
I saw a piece on GMA about the rise in home births, and it kind of scared me a bit. Maybe because I'm an older mom and my age itself defines my risk level, but I can't imagine not being in a medical facility should an emergency arise. Isn't it safer for all involved, mother and child, to have medical tools within reach should something go wrong?
I respect those moms who want to go natural, no drugs, no monitors. I actually have a friend who didn't use any drugs and made no noise during her delivery. It was all documented on A Baby Story. I have no idea how she did it. It was like she was in a trance. More power to her.
Me? Give me the drugs. I wish I could've had an epidural during my pregnancy. That's how miserable I was.
But I say you never know if something could go wrong. I honestly think some women take the birthing experience for granted. It's the way nature intended. Women have been having babies outside of a hospital for hundreds of years. I get it. But why not err on the side of caution? We are, actually, talking about your life, not to mention the life of your newborn. And sometimes terrible things do happen.
No offense to the profession, but when I hear the word "midwife" I'm removed from modern times. Aren't we living in an advanced society? Why would I want to go backward? I need a midwife if I'm living in the 1800s and I'm working my farm or milking my cows and the baby's head pops out. Otherwise, I'm being driven to a hospital, where there's a nurse and doctor, and pain medication.
Call me weak. Call me weak-minded. All I know is I gave birth to both of my boys in a hospital where, thankfully, there was no emergency. But had there been, I believe I was in the right place.