According to Susie, birthing at home is a major risk.
In this article on The Herold Sun (dot) com Australia, Susie O’Brien calls women who choose home birth selfish and shares two sad stories about births gone wrong.
Such scare-mongering tactics is so reminiscent to another woman patrolling the web, always on the look out for ways to pick on people…<cough> Dr. <cough> Amy…<cough>…
Read the post and comment below >> Home Birth – A Major Health Risk
News flash ladies: this kind of alienating, angry, uncompromising and compassion-less rhetoric is never going to work!
We’re going to keep giving birth at home!
I’ll tell you why in this beautiful little comment I worked up and posted (comment pending) over at Suzie’s post:
“As soon as the standard medical model of care in hospitals today pays more respect to the sheer and awesome power of women’s bodies, we will continue to give birth at home.
Until hospital staff can completely and totally honor a woman’s wishes to birth naturally, without interruption, with or without food, able to move, able to moan, able to labor over 24 hours without hearing the words “induction or cesarean section,” we will give birth at home.
Women birth at home to avoid so many of the often unnecessary interventions that take place in hospitals today. We are not treated like customers – the nurse and doctors do not aim to please us – we are told to be quiet, we are strapped down and plugged in. We are cut, drugged and lied to.
And until that stops, we will give birth at home, under the experienced and caring hands of midwives who LOVE their jobs, love our bodies, love our children, and this big world that we’re bringing them into.”
I tell you, that felt so damn good to let it out!!
More great comments, shared by fans of Bring Birth Home
“People who have never had or witnessed a home birth are not qualified and should not be allowed to write or comment about it! We had a surprise breech our last birth and had we not been at home, our birth would have been AWFUL!!!! I know, because I was informed by the back up Dr. that he would never have allowed it and would have required a c-section. Low and behold, we had an AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL breech home birth and our son is healthy. Our skilled midwife made it possible. BUT HOW DARE PEOPLE SAY THAT THE RIGHT FOR MY BABY TO HAVE AN EQUALLY SATISFYING BIRTH AND MY RIGHT TO GIVE THEM THAT BIRTH SHOULD BE ILLEGAL??? No one owns my body and I will still have my home births…they may just have to be illegal!!!” – Kristina
“I had my first 3 babies at hospital, and it was horrible and traumatic. I ended up with mental illness (PTSD) and unnecessary caesareans. Great risk was put against me and my babies, especially considering babies are 3x more likely to die from caesarean section. The fact that mine were completely unnecessary is shocking (and a waste of taxpayer money!). I know those surgeries were unnecessary, as the reason given was that my pelvis was too small. But I went on to give birth to my 2largest babies (with larger heads!) at home, no problem, and those births were AWESOME. I am petrified of the dangers of hospital birth. This article is so scare-mongering and based on nil fact that it is also petrifying!” – Rebecca
“Where is the responsibility on mothers choosing hospital birth if something goes wrong? Surely, Susie you are responsible for your traumatic first birth, you choose the location and the care providers, you ‘trusted’ the information you were given. If you get the chance to get a different perspective on home birth maybe ask an independent, privately practicing, midwife about induction before term and what are the usual outcomes are for mother and baby. Homebirth isn’t about the ‘experience’ for me (this is an added bonus) its about the safety. If I had of left home when my labour started with my second son he would have been born 15mins down the road which is at least 30mins short of a hospital. As it was I choose to stay home and employ 2 experienced midwives. What would you have mothers like me do if homebirth was well and truly illegal?? Be induced in hospital at 38 weeks and suffer the same trauma as you and your son!!!! no thank you.” – Chrissy
“Sad truth is babies sometimes die – at home and in the hospital. Its a fact of life. Hindsight is a gift of not knowing if the outcome would’ve changed — but the possibility of it. By the sound of the comments all doctors and nurses caring for a mother or baby who dies should face criminal charges, if they feel families who choose home birth with death occurring should criminally charge the parents. Families make decisions all the time regarding health care, schooling, transportation.. all kinds of things… do they really want their government making decisions for their families.. slippery slope I would think, even for those against home birth.” – Shannon
“That is the worst thing I’ve read in awhile. If home birth should be banned because it puts babies lives at risk then abortion should be illegal too because it’s fetal death rate is 100%. Do you really think that a woman would put herself before her unborn child? The reasons I had a home birth were all about protecting my child from the dangers of medical intervention. I think all women decide how they are going to give birth based on their knowledge of what they believe to be best for their child. And she should definitely be questioning her OB’s logic when they are going to induce her at 37 weeks because the baby is too small…that makes NO sense whatsoever!! It doesn’t take a doctor to figure out that maybe you should let the baby grow until it’s ready to be born, maybe that’s why it was allegedly “stuck”. I’d get stuck too if someone was trying to make me come out before i was ready.” – Cindy
“Home birth isn’t for everyone. What is for everyone is FACT based information and not fear mongering! Hospital births carry a dramatic risk of major abdominal surgery, higher risk of infection, and much higher risk of postpartum depression. Those are facts. Home birth not safe? Opinion. Present facts or you’re part of the problem, perpetuating a culture where a woman’s innate ability to labor, birth, and mother are dwarfed by politics and profits. Educate yourself before making such sweeping declarations.” – Stephanie
See, the thing is, home birth is SAFER than hospital birth!
If considering the rate of unnecessary and dangerous interventions in hospitals today, women have a better chance birthing normally at home than in hospitals.
Babies are 3x more likely to die during cesarean sections than vaginal births.
Read more about the risks to mom and baby through induction, epidural use and cesarean section in the various chapters within Why Birth Experience Matters.