Originally Posted by kathrineg
How do you know she didn't do research/homework? It's not like midwives advertise that they don't understand basic emergency care. What would you have done differently?
I think asking basic questions about what they do in emergency cases. I knew my midwife had pitocin and methergine, and carried oxygen to every birth and knew how to perform infant CPR. I asked her about transfer rates, why she transfers, what would happen in event of a transfer, etc. Now you could argue that I only knew what she told me, but I think if someone is choosing a homebirth and then says, "I didn't know things could go wrong?" there is a disconnect there. Of course no one really thinks their baby will die, just like no one thinks they'll be the one to die in a car accident, but the fact is that babies and mothers still die in childbirth. I'm sure the two teachers in NJ didn't think they would both die of c-sections 2 weeks apart from one another, but it happened.
I feel like we don't talk about the risks of things related to childbirth, whether in the hospital or out of it, and women will find out after the fact that there are risks associated with certain procedures and activities related to childbirth.