Since there is such a debate on homebirthing (assisted or not) vs hospital births I thought I would share!
First of all its really sad, its sad that women have to defend their choice to deliver at home assisted or non assisted. And its sad that we have to hear all the rediculous stories (scare tactics) as if we are uneduated about the risks.
But that is neither here nor there. I wanted to share for a second something I thought was interesting! Where I live there is a community of Amish, and a community of Muslims. Both of which are fed up with hospital birthing! In the Amish community they have for years now either birthed on their own, or brought in a Midwife from the outside. They have 8-10 babies easy, many are large 9-10 lbers. And they are rarely transferred to the hospital due to complications. More commonly they are transferred only due to premature labor. Hospitals scare these women!
Recently my midwife introduced me to a lady who was going to begin working with her. She is a muslim lady, fully covered. My midwife explained that she was practicing to become a midwife and wanted to know if I would allow her to attend my birth. Without hesitation I said sure. She is a sweetheart but has been turned away by some of the Amish, and some Christian women because of her faith. I look at it as an opportunity so it doesn't bother me. But what is extremely interesting is WHY she is becoming a midwife. There are multiple muslim communities here in va, they also have some large communities in NY, and another state she mentioned but I can't remember. In NY and the other state majority of the muslim women are having successful homebirths. In VA where they don't have a midwife within their community women are birthing at hospitals. They are having such high induction and c-section rates that the women are actually traveling away from their families to NY, and the other state to have homebirths. They are tired of what VA hospitals are doing to them, and they no longer feel safe. So this particular woman is trying to help by becoming a Midwife herself in order to help the women in her community have safe births.
Now what you have to keep in mind...these aren't statistics, these aren't articles, these are situations in different communities where homebirth is proving to be wanted, and the safest route. Where women are doing extreme things in order to avoid hospitals. Be against homebirth, that is fine. But don't bash women for their choice. Educate yourself on actual stories, not just horror stories that make you decide allowing a dr to cut you open is safe, but actual birth stories of women for decades that have had safe homebirths when hospitals became no longer safe for them!
I am sure this isn't going to solve anything, but as someone who has been told that I am a bad mother, putting my child's life at risk, etc I wanted to share. Because from my personal experience I was once a bad mother, did put two of my children's lives at risk, and I almost lost one because of it! Both where hospital births. So for me...hospital births are far more risky then homebirths!