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#1 of 68 Old 04-29-2005, 12:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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http://www.spontaneouscreation.org/index.htm

A new book coming out by Jock Doubleday. I'm pretty interested to read it! There is a sample chapter on the link above.
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Looks like a good read, thanks for the link.

But I thought we were going to come up with our very own list. Anyone game?

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I'll play.

-unwanted drugs will not be pushed on you at home.

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Looks like a good read, thanks for the link.

But I thought we were going to come up with our very own list. Anyone game?

:LOL Me too!

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Your baby won't get switched with another at home!

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3. You are used to the germs at your own house.

4. MW's don't carry Electronic Fetal Monitoring machines that strap you to the bed.

5. No one to tell you not to eat or drink.

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Your baby won't get its toe chopped off when the nurse is removing the ankle band. (anyone remember that story?)

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Your baby won't get its toe chopped off when the nurse is removing the ankle band. (anyone remember that story?)
Or given carbon monoxide instead of oxygen and rendered brain damaged.

And yet MWs are the ones who are subjected to witch hunts....

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You don't have to get in a car during labor (unless you want to! - does anyone want to?).
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8. Privacy, Privacy, Privacy!
9. Less disturbance to your hormones and sphincters.
10. Get to hear the wind, rain, birds chirping, water flowing, kids playing while you labor.
11. Birth gets to be treated with the sacredness it deserves.
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no one yells at you to push/don't push

familiar smells, familiar surroundings

anyone you want in attendance
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At home, your baby is not required to spend the night in a separate room away from your room.

At home, you can have your pets in the room with you!
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at home no one will assault you perineum with an episiotomy rendering you sex-less for 6 weeks

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Nobody will tell you, with a straight face, to "Get Some Rest" while at the same time coming in and waking you up every 2-4 hours to take your temp and BP ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!!!!!!!
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At home, you can have your pets in the room with you!
You can even have your cat curl up next to your head and purr while you push (never heard an L&D nurse purr while someone was pushing! :LOL)

At home:
Every time your husband uses his favorite towel you can remember your 10-minute old baby wrapped in it. :

For that matter, while you are preparing the punch for your baby's first birthday party, you can remember when it held his placenta! :

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You can kick people out your home at will...

Your dog can offer labor support
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No nurses around to give your baby a bottle to "see if she will suck"
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You know where the good food is kept

Your towels are big enough to go around a pregnant woman

Your pillows are way better

No one bled, vomited, pooped or peed on the bed or floor where you will give birth (unless you are related!)

There is no financial incentive at home for "saving" you from a birth "complication"

The only stranger you'll see is the postperson bringing baby fluffymail
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You can order pizza.
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I have not done it yet- but would venture to say that you will be treated with respect and your relationship with your baby- and the fact that YOU are the mom will be at the center- instead of a seemingly left out factor due to hospital policy!
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No one will take off with your baby a few minutes after birth to do "tests" and "observations"
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You can have your midwife stay right next to you through a 40-hour ordeal, instead of one who just stops in every hour to stick her arm inside you!
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You can lock your bedroom door where you are laboring to keep people out.

You can have as many people in the room as you want, no policy you have to follow.

When you shower you actually have soap to do it with.

You don't have to share your room pp with a complete stranger and their baby.

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At a homebirth your child will not be given a Hepatitis B shot against your wishes while you're too out-of-it to notice until it's too late.

At a homebirth your midwife will not harass you about circumcision.

At a homebirth no one will offer you a birth control shot 2 hours ppm.
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no one yells at you to push/don't push

This did happen to me at home.
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At home, you can have your pets in the room with you!
Yep, I did this one!
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Your baby won't get switched with another at home!
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For many people, this is the more overriding desire!

Remember the family in Florida whose child died of a heart problem? It was only when their "DD's" first surgery was scheduled that they discovered that she did not have a blood type that was even compatible with the family and therefore could not be theirs...the Father for a moment thought the Mother had an affair.

They found their daughter, and eventually sued the hospital for an un specified amount and got custody of the girl from the man who raised her.

Yes, they had been switched at birth.
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you don't have to get in a car to go home newly postpartum and it hurts to sit LOL

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No nosocomial infections.
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you can poop and pee on the home throne!

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