Ok....MDC has a long history, much of which I wasn't here for. But let me tell you in the last year things took a turn for the much better, IMO. Women here used to be afraid to admit they'd had a section because they'd be armchair quarterbacked about all the things they did wrong to get there. Of course that is stupid but that was what was going on.
While I fully support homebirth in the right circumstances, I had one myself, I fully support a mom deciding other options. I don't think I've quite "grown" to the place where I think elective c/s are a choice I'd support, I have gone way more middle of the road.
When I first started learning about midwife care and natural childbirth, I thought it was all about avoiding that evil epidural. Now I realize that an epidural has it's place and isn't even close to being most of the problem in the way American women birth.
Having said all of that; so many women came here in the first place because the mainstream laughed at them and put them down. The message was: don't be a complainer, be a complier. Just shut up and do what your OB tells you!
Because homebirth isn't legal in my state, I did shadow care with a CNM/OB practice. Hitting 40 weeks with a true suspected macrosomia I was scheduling and induction for 41 weeks, hoping baby made her appearance earlier. My homebirth midwife thought even at that point, I'd be better served at a hospital. My OB wanted to induce me with Cytotec, which scared the crap out of me having read what I'd read, and when asked about side effects, she said "None". Is that truly good medicine?
So many women here are jaded from bad providers....That certainly doesn't mean most providers are bad, but when the ACOG seems to be the President of the "shut up and do what I say" group, that would seem to be where we feel many OBs are coming from. Just look at the "My OB said what?!?!" website.
I think what that person said "No, it is not necessary. Just another reason not to use an ob! (cough cough) lol." That's a terrible thing to say and most of us don't feel that way.
I really hope you'll stick around and get to know us. I think there's so much interesting discussion to be had and I know that an open minded OB is certainly welcome here.