Well, I'm a dictator, so I'm glad I'm not having a hospital birth!
That's the reason I decided against a birth center birth - because no matter how home-like they make it, even if all the midwives are DEMs and it's completely freestanding, it's still an institution with rules. There are rules about how long you can stay there during and after labor. The CNM birth center I almost delivered at had a rule that if you labored there for over 24 hours, you had to leave. They said you could either check into a hotel and come back later, or go to the hospital. It looks like my own home is going to be the only place without any stupid rules like that.
And the caption does not fit the photo at all. It's still a woman lying in bed with a bunch of wires attached to her. I don't believe she was given much of a choice.
|Jerold F. Lucey, M.D., editor of the journal Pediatrics, wrote in the October 2003 issue that he had "always considered underwater birth a bad joke, useless, a fad which was so idiotic it would go away. It hasn't!"
I thought doctors were really into scientific evidence. Has there ever been a case of a baby who died as a result of a waterbirth?
I think patients only "have a say" when either their wishes just happen to be what the hospital would do anyway, or when they just do whatever they want and don't give the doctor a choice.