Although many people in this thread don't want to hear this, but it IS possible depending on your
definition of UC (and since its YOUR birth, its only your definition that matters). I'm not sure why they don't want to hear this, you would think they would be happy to hear of a 'good story'.
What it depends on, is what facilities you have near you. I had a *wonderful* hospital experience. It is a anthrosophic/homeopathic hospital capable of full emergency services but believe in 'patient led healing' which also carries over to their birthing unit - not as a patient but as a birthing mother who calls her own shots. I laboured mostly outside, with my husband and then in a beautiful room with a birthing pool - the windows were all open with birds and lilac trees, etc. I called ALL the shots and didn't even so much have a urine test. There was an OB and midwife in the room the minute I gave birth, they were only there for the last 6 minutes when I asked them to be there, and I caught the baby myself. The midwife who was there had checked in with us several times to see if we needed anything but was pretty much invisible and was really very brilliant about gauging whether or not I needed her voice or hands.
They also never touched the baby. The baby came out and went straight on my chest. I had her there for 3 hours before I finally decided I should try to pee. She was never bathed, vaxxed, touched, etc and I could go home right away. (I didn't, because of other issues)
Originally Posted by phathui5
Once the hospital staff knows you're there, it's not possible. UC is unassisted childbirth, and they're not going to leave you alone once you're on their turf.
Why not look into a birth center?
Some do. Its possible.
Originally Posted by alegna
I think a UC in a hospital doesn't exist for so many reasons listed above.
ALSO, remember that hospitals are NASTY and DIRTY places. Just being inside of one seriously increases your chance of infection.
We've talked about this before and you conceded that YOU have never been in a nice hospital. They do exist. The first place i gave birth was just as you (and everyone else) said. Then 2nd place was probably a whole lot cleaner than our house and actually more private and quieter as well.
btw, I wish i could post pics from the actual birth but ive got a photo/internet/privacy hangup. But I do have a pic of the tub AFTER i gave birth:http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l3...76-33-16PM.jpg
While it may not be considered UC, something like my experience could be something that might fit your own desires. I spent a lot of time before hand arranging hospital visits and picked the one that sat with me and talked to me the longest and seemed to be really open about what *I* wanted. I also prepped myself BIG TIME so that there would be no reason for anyone to interfere (i.e. hypnobirthing, high protein diet, etc)