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I had my first one in a top-ranked hospital - feminist female OB/GYN with nurse midwife. When I had a minor leak in the amniotic sac, they treated me as high-risk and induced me five weeks early. My son almost died as a result of being born with immature lungs. That was it; I didn't want to lost my autonomy again and risk my next child's health. As John mentioned, a normal home birth has a lower infection rate - and less chance of an episiotomy. Experienced midwives monitored me closely; in fact, the quality of prenatal care was much better than my first pregnancy. And I didn't want to be cajoled into a C-section, as far too many women are. That's major surgery. Oh, and I didn't have to worry about the hospital mixing up my baby with someone else's. To me, the question, is why would anyone want to give birth in a hospital? My own bedroom was more relaxing and it felt safe. Yeah, you can pick a birthing center - and if you're lucky, you won't have a fever (even one degree above normal made you too high risk) and since they're small, sometimes they don't have enough beds. No, thanks. I was more than happy with my choice.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2010 on What is the appeal of home birth? at Majikthise
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