Originally Posted by moonfirefaery
MJB, are you saying that UC isn't the safest way to birth...but is worth it because of all the other benefits and isn't unsafe enough to forego those benefits...?
For me, yes. When deciding how to birth my third baby, for instance, I considered that I am a low risk mom, with two uncomplicated vaginal births in my history, with 7 hospitals within 4 miles and midwifery and neonatal resuscitation training, and decided the benefits outweighed the risks. I wasn't interested in using the local midwives, so I was deciding between UC and hospital birth (or traveling for a midwife-attended out of hospital birth). I really wanted my sons (then 7.5 and 4.5) to be present at the birth, and that wouldn't have been allowed at the hospital, especially with the policies they put in place last year for H1N1. I wanted another waterbirth, which isn't allowed in the hospitals here. I wanted my husband to catch the baby, which might have been doable in the hospital, but maybe not. I decided to UC.
It turned out to be a harder birth than my others and I came close to transferring both during labor (with a stubborn posterior baby and a cervical lip, which I ended up reducing myself, at which point she finally turned and came out) and after, for bleeding. I didn't end up transferring and it was a nice experience for all of us once it was over (IMO, the best part of any homebirth is being in your own bed afterwards!)
There are a lot of situations where UC is not a safe choice, and I don't even usually tell people that I had one because it scares me to think that people who have no idea what they're doing might give birth all alone a half hour or more from emergency medical care. It's insane to say that UC is always the safest way to give birth. It can be a safe enough choice for some people in some places (and even then, not every pregnancy). You have people coming onto forums like this going "I'm due yesterday and my midwife dropped me because I'm high risk, can I just stay home and do it alone?" and my answer then is, "You probably shouldn't." Should you UC triplets or a 34 week preemie? No.