I work in a maternity store the other day and I had a woman in my store literally shudder when I mentioned that I'll be birthing at home in future and say that she could never do it because of all the bodily fluids everywhere. I laughed and told her that the midwives would clean it up, that Chux pads and stuff were used and that it's not like she'd be on her knees right after giving birth, cleaning up blood. She just kept covering her face and shaking her head and being really jittery and repeating "Oh, no no no, I don't do fluids, I just don't, ugh!" Either she didn't believe me, was convinced that blood and fluids would be all over the place in a homebirth, or was a complete germophobe. If only she knew how dirty the hospital is!
Here is mine: my MIL weasled it out of my DH that we were having a homebirth. She gave birth in Russia without any meds but in a room with lots of other birthing mothers. Their babies were taken away and stored somewhere, returning to them only for feedings occassionally throughout the day, and she talks of this time with the other newly postpartum mothers as if it were a super fun slumber party. Anyway, she told my DH (instead of me, because I avoid talking to her whenever possible), "Well, don't blame me if something happens to the baby!" Um, yeah, actually I think it would be your fault! Along with Hurricane Katrina, the Black Death, the Holocaust, and the tragedies at Darfur.
This woman just makes me