Originally Posted by L.A.Mamma
Talula: "If it were me, I'd do everything in my power to get those babies out of my vaj, even going so far as traveling to a midwife who will do it naturally." I respect that. Unfortunately, I don't feel comfortable with having a midwife delivery vs. an OBGYN. I have too many doctors in the family that have shaped my way of thinking. Not to disrespect midwives -- it's a wonderful service they provide, unfortunately not for me.
I would research this yourself if I were you.
Here's some bullet points you might find interesting:
The US has the second worst infant mortality rate in the developed world. If you look only at the countries that had at least 400,000 births, it's ranked last.http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/paren...mothers.index/https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat.../2091rank.html
The US has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the developed world.
In every other developed country (except Brazil, and they are the ones with the worst infant mortality rate in the developed world) including Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, The Netherlands, Japan, ect...midwives attend 70 to 80 percent of all births, and the OB/GYN doctors are there to attend the smaller percentage that develop complications. This is the proven system, and the US stands alone
Birth with a midwife (at a birth center or at home) is proven to be as safe if not safer than hospital birth. Midwives come to your house with pitocin, items for infant resuscitation, dopplers, other drugs for postpartum hemorrhage, oxygyn, ect. The myth is that everything has to go perfectly well and that a midwife isn't trained for complications, but actually, they are just as trained in birth if not more so than OB/GYNs (the exception to this would be surgical procedures of course, which is what OBs are specialized in. In fact, that's what they're best for). Most OB doctors have no idea what the Gaskin maneuver is, for example.
Midwives know all kinds of tricks like that for getting a baby out. Most OBs also have little training if any at all in vaginal breech birth, whereas midwives do. And if there is a point where a midwife realizes the woman needs intervention, they are trained to make the judgment call in time and transfer to a hospital.
This is YOUR baby. Not your family's baby. Most doctors don't have a high opinion of midwifery in general...but you know what? Most doctors are wrong. If they weren't? The US would have the #1 infant and maternal mortality rate in the world, since only 8% of US women deliver with a midwife (and of those, only .05% deliver at home). And we don't.
But don't take my word for it. Read some books on it! The Thinking Woman's Guide to A Better Birth is a good place to start, as well as any article about birth in Mothering or any of the Mothering books, and Ina May's Guide To Childbirth. You may also want to watch The Business Of Being Born and Pregnant in America. Check out some informative websites too, this forum is great as well as gentlebirth.org which lists many of the studies in relation to the safety of midwifery.
I would just like to add that whatever you want to do is your choice, and I totally respect either decision especially considering your situation. I just want you to make that choice based on accurate information, not what people are telling you. And like I was saying, don't just listen to me. Do some research yourself on it. And do look into different care providers, especially if you don't feel comfortable with your current one.