I wrote this over 2 years ago. My thoughts are still the same. Yes, every woman who wants to should be able to have a home birth. If you want to go Unassisted you better know what you are doing. Sure woman have been giving birth since the beginning of time but back then we had mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and wise woman to help us. Yes, there is less rick for low rick pregnancies at home but that doesn't mean you can go into labor wit h no knowledge of what's going to happen.
I know this girl, I'll call her Jill. She wants a home birth,
unassisted. She's not researching at all. She's just hopping that
everything will turn out right.
She hasn't read any of the books I
gave to her, she hasn't talked to anyone that has had a HB, she hasn't
even watch a HB on youtube. She is too cheap ( her words) to get a
midwife and she thinks a Douala will be able to take care of her.
is one case where I think she should go to the hospital. She needs
someone to tell her to grow up and stop being a "rebel". Sure it's
"cool" to have a home birth but you have to EARN it. You HAVE to know
what you are doing. You have to be taking care of yourself, you have to
be smart enough to take your prenatal vitamins, research everything that
can go wrong and how to take care of it. You have to know the risks and
you HAVE got to use your brains! You can't go into birth thinking that
you will be fine ( chances are you WILL be fine but why take the
chance?). You have to know how to relax through your contractions, how
long is too long for your placenta to detach, how much blood is
normal... I could go on but you get my drift.
You know it is
girls like think who make home birthers look crazy. It's girls like this
who will have problems. It's irresponsible NOT to know what can go
wrong, you need to know what is "normal" and how to take care of "not
normal". You can't count on ANYONE to help you with your child's birth.
Who know what could happen and you could be on your own. You NEED to
know how to breath for your baby, you need to know how to take care of
the placenta. Sitting back and letting your pregnancy just happen with
out being aware what is going on is not something that should be done,
ever. That's just asking for trouble.