Originally Posted by teagreenribbons
WOW about your homebirth. Totally agree with what you said about the hospital birth and with you as well. Thank you.
Maybe I'm just irascible lately, but
It's hypothesis-confirmation-seeking behavior at its finest. You already stated your opinion, (a couple of times) and then a dozen women explained why they LOVED their HBs. But you grab on to the one "negative" story about HB.
I mean, that's fine-- to each her own. But what was your point in asking?
I've said it before and I'll say it again-- in birth, as in life, there are NO GUARANTEES. You could have a cr@ppy hospital birth and you could have a cr@ppy homebirth. Absolutely. No question about it.
But when it comes to mitigating risk, for low-risk women, HB is the SAFEST option. That doesn't make it 100% safe. Just SIGNIFICANTLY SAFER than hospital birth.
OTOH, as pro-HB as I am, I wouldn't denigrate the choice to birth in a hospital-- especially when made by someone who has done the research. The SERIOUS research-- not WTEWYE. That's just rarer among hospital birthers-- choosing to HB is self-selecting-- you have to know a lot more, on average
, to buck society like that. As I've learned from debate boards, homebirth is themost defensible choice-- SCIENTIFICALLY defensible-- for low-risk women (80+% of women).
But if someone still wanted hospital birth? I'd support it, even if I didn't "get" it. And that's even with all the many, MANY more iatrogenic (doc-/hospital-caused) horror stories out there (in number and by %) than HB horror stories.