Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thoughts on homebirth

There is a common accusation that homebirthers are more interested in having a good experience than in their baby's safety. This is actually an incredible insult. It is an accusation of such extreme selfishness as to be criminally dangerous.

The truth is that every homebirther I have ever met was way more concerned about safety than the "experience."

The evidence shows that for a low-risk pregnancy home is almost always safer. Period.

It is just coincidence that it is also a much more pleasant experience than a hospital birth.

In other words, what is safer for baby is also nicer (and safer, by the way) for mommy.

(Now, high risk pregnancies may actually need our medicalized hospital births, but that is a small percentage of the population. Yes, some babies who die or are injured at home wouldn't be if they were born at the hospital. But we aren't told of the many children that are injured or killed by the procedures at the hospital who would have been fine if born at home.)