Do any of you have any experience with the Birthing Within model of childbirth education and/or doula training course? What's the good and bad of it?
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2/13/08 at 10:48pm
"I'm not going to ask how many of you are birthing in the hospital and how many are birthing at home. I don't want to know. I don't want you to have to live up to any expectations. I will teach you about your hospital options, and I will teach you about your homebirth options. You may be 100% sure that you're having a homebirth, and for whatever reason end up in the hospital. You may be 100% sure of having a hospital birth, and half way through these classes decide to find yourself a midwife. You may even decide to go it alone with just your birth partner. The point is, I pass no judgment on how you choose to birth because it is just that: your choice. I will, however, educate you on the dangers of hospital birth, and teach you how to assert your rights to avoid these dangers. I will also teach you about the pros and cons of homebirth. Because I believe that your choice needs to be informed. After these classes are over, and after your baby's birth, we will be meeting one last time for a pot-luck "showing off baby" party where we can share birth stories, no matter how good or bad you feel about your particular experience. You will also be asked how or if you would do things differently if you had the chance to do it again. Sharing our personal stories, the good and the bad, is knowledge, and knowledge truly is power."