Unassisted home birth

United States
October 23, 2015 12:18am CST
I haven't seen much on my lot related to birth, but especially not unassisted birth. I was curious, since we have such a great demographic of users all over the world, what your thoughts are on unassisted birth? Birth without a doctor, midwife or nurse in attendance? I had an unassisted birth in 2013. I had two cesarean sections in 2007 and 2009. In 2011 I had a natural birth but I had to fight tooth and nail to be allowed at the hospital, even though all of the current research agreed it was the safest option for me and my baby. In 2013, the doctor who delivered my natural birth would be gone and the other doctors refused to take me unless I agreed to another surgery. Surgery is dangerous and a cesarean is a major medical procedure. It wasn't something I was willing to do unless there was an emergency and I needed it. I refused to consent to the surgery just because the doctor wanted me to. So on a very cold day in December, I delivered my baby girl in our kitchen around 839 at night, she was happy, healthy and her birth was by far the best one I have had. Sadly, American doctors don't do what is best for women most of the time. They do what is easiest for them or makes them more money. And I have learned that so many women are now choosing unassisted birth because of the lack of truly quality care. So what do you think of unassisted birth?
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@jstory07 (72437)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Oct 15
the doctor's should want you to have a healthy baby in the way that you want to have that baby.
• United States
23 Oct 15
That's exactly the issue. So often it seems like their income and the money they make off of you is more important. Most doctors do not want to do a natural birth after surgical birth, but not because it's unsafe. It is actually very safe. But they don't want to do it because it can take longer and the hospital rules are different.
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@yukimori (9098)
• United States
23 Oct 15
@Samanthavv It's not the money they make off you. My OB/GYN flat out told me that he didn't want the liability of allowing a woman to not undergo a repeat C-section and having something awful happen. Gotta protect us from our right to make informed choices about our healthcare, you know.
• United States
23 Oct 15
@yukimori I know, right? Unfortunately those idiots in theh white coats are more concerned with their own bottom line. It makes no sense, especially considering that complications are MORE likely in a cesarean than they are otherwise!
@firef1y (78)
23 Oct 15
I didn't have an unassisted birth, but did have my youngest at home. He is number 6 and I did get a fair amount negative response from my consultant. But here in the UK we have a right to give birth where and generally how we want. My midwife was pretty much hands off and Daddy got to catch baby.
• United States
23 Oct 15
Here, you can't have a midwife in most states if you have had a previous section, some will allow it but most will not. In Alaska, it is definitely not allowed.