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Improving Birth: Home Birth vs. Hospital Birth-You're Missing the Point

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I just came across this piece and thought it was interesting: http://www.improvingbirth.org/2014/02/versus/  It starts off by talking about the variability of access to care and the quality of birthing options across the country.  It ends with this:  Transparency and collaboration can make birth safer in all of these settings, but it can’t happen in a hostile environment.  If we can let go of our own biases of where women “should” give birth, maybe we can start making birth safer in all of those locations.

 

 I find this statement interesting, because it does seem to me that there is debate with many topics because people don't acknowledge that people on the opposing side have good reasons for their choices, and have put time and research into the topic. There seems to be this idea that if someone chooses what clearly appears as an inferior choice to the other person, it must be because the chooser is ignorant or doesn't care.

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I liked this piece as well. It's very easy to lose yourself in your choices and advocacy when the ultimate goal should be safe and satisfying outcomes for everyone, in every setting.
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I also enjoyed this piece. Thanks for linking Viola!
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This sounds like how I felt when I had my first out-of-hospital birth:

 

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The question for me isn’t so much, “Is home birth safe?” but, “Is home birth less dangerous than hospital birth?” 

 

I didn't want to deal with the risks and procedures the hospital imposed that weren't necessary for my birth. The IV, the EFM, the no-eating or drinking (it was them "letting" you have ice chips back then), the medication side effects. 

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