Originally Posted by ShaktiDevi
Oh wow! I was under the impression the northern europe has a higher number of homebirths. Go you for making your way!
I know Sweden does homebirths-some of my friends there have had them. Which also most likely means Norway is homebirth friendly too, but thats just an assumption:) I was at an ABC's of homebirth evening here about 2 years ago and remember them talking about some difficulties..... I guess they need to bring in some blood for testing (from the cord or placenta?) and because the birth has not taken place in the hospital, they have troubles getting it through with a name not registered....something like that. I didnt really understand. 2 ladies were midwives, took a course taught by Ina May Gaskin. Both have worked many years in the hospital, now one is offering the homebirth option and the other I guess is her helper. (2000 euros to be paid before birth= 2-3 visits before birth, the birth itself and follow up after-We are not a super rich family:)) We are living in southern Finland, near Helsinki, and I have heard a couple times that further up north in the hospitals there they try to have more natural births, meaning less drugs or none at all. Helsinki, seeing its pretty big (LOL!!! nothing compared to ie:Toronto or Minneapolis:)), they are pretty ''hospitalized'', if you know what I mean. I brought a 'wish list' with when I was birthing my third, and they were able to allow almost everything on it, like no belts, monitoring, tho some things REALLY still bother me(fetal scalp monitoring is a must supposedly, which I have come to hate:(). Oh well. I also read recently that they are putting in some extra info in these pregnancy handbooks they give out at the maternity clinic for those who do homebirths- A major step for us ones here going that way!! But yeah, 10 homebirths per year is not much:) I cant find words to descibe how I feel about finding MDC and especially this about birth and UCing! I love reading the birth stories and have read many years back already. I also found one thread where someone put together a LOOONG list of UCers and their birth stories. SO empowering and encouraging! This is a great place to learn so much about woman's natural ability to birth herself. Its great to get to know others for support too!!!