Originally Posted by NordicMamma
Unfortunately homebirth in Sweden is very difficult to organise, and a costly affair, so I will be in hospital here. But I am aiming for as little intervention as possible, and an early trip home. I may have to be bitchy about it, but so be it.
Yeah, even in the US it can be hard to organise. I remember my mother saying it was hard to organise when she had my youngest brother (23 years ago) in Britain, I never dreamed that some 2+ decades later I'd also have problems trying to organise a homebirth... and we live about 25-30 miles outside of New York City! I can't imagine what it would be like somewhere more rural.
We had to do a lot of fighting with our insurance company, because while technically that's covered under the policy, most of the homebirth midwives in our area were not on the insurance company's provider list, and having to pay 30% out of pocket is pretty stiff. What's worse was that one midwife we chose was listed on the company's provider list, but that was old information, so we didn't find out until later that she wasn't actually covered. And the only other covered midwife used to be 30 miles away, but they also had old info for her, and she now lives 55+ miles away (and who knows whether the site info was also outdated in regards to plan coverage). Eventually they caved and paid the first midwife as in-network, but that was 2 months of calls back and forth.
|Recently we had a little survey on the mainstream site asking what our greatest fears about labour were. Most people replied 'pain'. Mine was 'unnecessary intervention'. I fear what people will do to me far more than how my body will make me feel.
And this is exactly the reason I wanted a homebirth.
I get the feeling though that the hospital birth experience in Holland, and the one here in the US is a lot different too. The statistics on c-section/intervention and the general attitude towards painkillers and medications (both over the counter and prescription) is very different and stacked towards the high end here.
As for pain being the biggest fear, I think that people are also often woefully unaware of the real risks that most interventions carry (and doctors certainly like to keep it that way). On mainstream boards people talk about c-sections as though you were just going to get a haircut... the mind boggles. If people really knew what risks there were, and were empowered more to trust their bodies, as well as have better emotional support, then the situation would be a lot different.