Here is a great article from OB/GYN Aviva Romm, who was once a Midwife and incorporates the midwifery model of care into her practice today. She makes some very interesting points and explains why she chose to have her four children at home and why she would still choose home births today. I have posted a few quotes from her article but please, go read the whole article!
“There are very real health reasons for women to consider birthing at home. These include mom’s safety, baby’s safety, and the economic sustainability of our health care system.”
“Now, having been through obstetrics training I can honestly say that I’d feel even more concerned about having my baby in the hospital – unless absolutely medically necessary.”
“There are not only immediate risks to the mother; we know that babies born by cesarean section miss out on the benefits of exposure to the vaginal flora that they’d otherwise come in contact with if born vaginally – and this lack of exposure can predispose a baby to disrupted gut flora and significant consequent health problems. Additionally, babies born by cesarean get a dose of antibiotics before birth via mom’s system, adding to the double hit on gut flora!”
“Obstetric Evidence Is Reliable Only 30% of the Time”
“I wasn’t brave at all – I was simply terrified of having my babies in the hospital!”
“I was just having a baby, not an emergency appendectomy! I didn’t want all of these potentially dangerous interventions for something that was almost always natural and safe. It sort of reminds me of those commercials for a medication for something benign like a foot fungus. You know, you’ve got a little athlete’s foot so treat it with something that can cause “heart problems, coma, and death.” It’s just overkill for something that’s usually just not that big a deal in a healthy person.”
“As a midwife I’d observed the loss of autonomy that too often occurred when a woman set foot in the hospital – the transformation that occurred with the ritual of shedding her “real person” clothes in favor of the hospital johnnie, and with it the shift of going from being an independent, capable woman into “a patient” – which culturally equates with being dependent, helpless, and sick – qualities that are a far cry from feeling empowered and strong”