Originally Posted by Storm Bride
Do you have any evidence? Personally, I'd rather have my life and my baby's life in the hands of a homebirth midwife than a hospital OB.
I've joked often that "I'd squat alone in the woods before giving birth at GBMC." (hospital in the area with the highest CS rate - 44%.) To those who aren't familiar with the concept of intentional UC, this sounds like an extreme statement. But I really do think that UC can be preferable to some of these awful hospitals. (And I personally WOULD chose it if faced with UC vs. bad hospital.)
That being said, it is a fact that hospital-attended birth is safer for both mama & baby than UC. Of course, no one has studied intentional, planned UC
vs. hospital birth. So we don't know how they would compare. But, again, when comparing people who have no medical care whatsoever to even bad hospitals, the hospital outcome, at least in terms of death, is better.
Originally Posted by craft_media_hero
IRL where it seems like the second people hear I'm pregnant they have to go on and on about every horror story or everyone they know who has had a bad experience, and it's tiresome and really insensitive.
Yup, that's how it is. Of course, if you mention you're even thinking
about HB, you'll get it a lot worse. Because, of course, ya know, "My baby would have died if we weren't in the hospital."
Well, yes, that is absolutely positively TRUE in many cases. But the fact of the matter is that it's probably 100% FALSE in even MORE
cases. (OR, the truth is that the hospital interventions CAUSED the fetal distress that the baby needed to be saved from via CS.) Hence... my exasperation at the attitude of Americans towards birth (and the atrocity
that is American maternity 'care' today.)
Yes, as others have said, education is key. There are no guarantees anywhere you birth.