Home Birthing: Weekend Poll

June 1, 2013

Home is where the heart is.  But should we be giving birth there or is it too risky?  What’s your view?  And would you eat the placenta?  With or without fava beans?

How do you feel about home birthing?

  • People can do what they want in the privacy of their own home. Even if I wouldn't do it. (43%, 3 Votes)
  • It's a beautiful, natural choice that is the way God intended it, welcoming a child to a loving home, not to a sterile cold hospital with strangers. (29%, 2 Votes)
  • It's unnecessarily dangerous for parents to choose to give birth in the home which isn't sterile and with no certified medical doctors present. It's reckless. (29%, 2 Votes)
  • What a mess! Ew! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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18 Responses to Home Birthing: Weekend Poll

  1. Douglas on June 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Thanks goodness I’m done with fathering kids and am content to pass the torch. Still, it’s a normal process that the parents ought to decide for themselves w/o interference especially from the AMA or their Government lackeys.

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  2. alice on June 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I am not able to vote or view votes but I’ll tell you this: I had all my kids at home and it was the right experience for me.

    I had a certified nurse midwife who worked independently but had an arrangement with an OB/GYN for back up in aversive situations. She screened diligently to eliminate pregnancies with any statistical likelihood of complications. I had periodic examinations with her OB/GYN (a rather posh Beverly Hills doctor as it turns out) to assure that there were no negative indications she was missing. He was a big fan of my CNM and home births for the right candidates.

    All my kids (all over 8 pounds, the biggest having been a 10 pounder) were born alert and healthy. One was a face down presentation. One had the umbilical cord around his neck (it was unwrapped manually in the birth canal). They didn’t need the caustic eyedrops. They were never exposed to any infectious agents. I never had an episiotomy. I was out of bed almost immediately after the after birth. In the case of my second labor I was out shopping the same afternoon. (Hey! My m-i-l had things she had to get before a flight that night. We were just glad my daughter was born before she had to leave!)

    It wasn’t especially messy. There was blood. There was laundry but there’s *always* laundry… It was the experience I was hoping for. My kids each cut the umbilical cord of the baby who came after them. All of my kids had the opportunity to check in when they wanted to and to skip what was boring or intense. MY girls got to see what it was all about on their own territory so they were prepared for their own pregnancies and labors when their time came.

    My oldest is the only one who has had her own baby. She planned for a home delivery; she had, in the end, to go to the hospital for a C-section. I’m glad that was available to her and my grandson. I’m glad I was able to have mine at home.

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  3. Jenn on June 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I feel like the poll options are a bit straw-man-ish (though I get the entertainment value) but I am a big proponent of home birth for low-risk labors. I had my daughter at home with a midwife after a LOT of research; we decided it was the safer option for our situation. It was a wonderful experience and I didn’t have to fight tooth-and-nail to labor the way that worked for me, like I had had to for my first birth (all natural in the hospital). And there was no eating the placenta;)- we actually had them take it away so we didn’t even have to see it. That’s just not my cup o tea.

    I don’t for a second, though, think there is anything wrong with having a baby in the hospital, especially if you have the right care provider. Whatever option a woman chooses, so long as they are well-informed and not doing something just for the convenience/profit of a doctor, I can support them in it.

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  4. whizzbang on June 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I don’t care what other people do but I would be offended of my sisters or female friends of mine invited over to witness their water birth, Like you but the last thing on thi splant I want to see is you giving birth. I ralphed all over the place at my own son’s birth. Plus I don’t want to see you in that way…

    what does “Natural birth” mean?

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  5. whizzbang on June 1, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    apologies foe the spelling mistakes! I don’t want to go over to my sisters’ or friends places to see them give birth, basically.

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  6. Hedgehog on June 2, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    I don’t think I can pick any of these answers.
    I have a sister-in-law for whom labour and birth is very quick and straight forward. Personally, it took far too long, and as with every other activity, I just seem to lack physical stamina. Just as well I was in was hospital, and I’d rather not dwell on the details.

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  7. hawkgrrrl on June 2, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Personally, I think it’s up to the mother to choose how she wants to handle it. I would prefer not to watch, though, and I am pro-drugs and sterilization. But there’s a valid point that hospitals are not very welcoming places and often have communicable diseases present.

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  8. rogerthegentleradical on June 2, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    I’ll quote my wife’s physician: “We are not having an experience. We are having a baby.” Call me “old school” if you want but if there is a problem, I want experts and the equipment necessary.

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  9. alice on June 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    #8 Does he (notice I don’t even hesitate to consider that a woman would say such a stupid and dismissive thing) wear protective gear when he says that? I bet he doesn’t get away with it when addressing a woman who’s been through a labor!

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  10. Angela on June 2, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I’ve noticed in Mormondom that we tend to talk to both parents equally about the pregnancy as if they are both giving birth. I found myself doing this about two weeks ago when I congratulated a new Mormon father about the birth of their baby and noted that he must be glad the pregnancy part was over. He gently corrected me. “Actually my part only took about 15 minutes and was very pleasant.” Awkward!

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  11. LovelyLauren on June 3, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I’m not satisfied with any of the options. Homebirth is just one of many ways that women can successfully give birth, just like a birthing center or a hospital is. I, personally, do not plan on giving birth that way, but I recognize that many women do make that choice and cherish their experiences.

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  12. Roger on June 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    #9. He said it to a lady who had undergone numerous miscarriages and previous IVF attempts. The combined ages of the parents totaled > 100 years. He brought a miraculous little girl into the world.

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  13. Justin on June 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Home is where the heart is. But should we be giving birth there or is it too risky?
    It’s obvious that it’s not “too risky” because so many people have successuful births in their own homes. While hospitals have their place — it should be clear that we don’t go to hospitals for anything “normal”. We go when something goes contrary to “normal” circumstances.

    What’s your view?

    Our view? We have every one of our children at home. Now — should there by an emergency situation, then we’d go to the hospital [e.g., with one of our children, the cord was wrapped around its neck and we had a C-section once we learned that]. But other than that — all children have been birthed at home with a mid-wife.

    And would you eat the placenta?

    I don’t know what this has to do with birthing choices — other than to be sensationalist …

    With or without fava beans?

    Wow — Dr. Lecter — that question certainly doesn’t betray a prejudice on your part for having asked it, now does it? Lol.

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  14. Justin on June 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I had technical problems voting on this post too — just like alice [#2]

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  15. NewlyHousewife on June 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Technical problems for voting here as well.

    Home Births are an excellent option low-risk women have. Dr. Lecter–your patient was considered high risk due to the family history and age of the mother. I don’t know any trained professional that would want to even entertain the idea of a home birth for her.

    It wasn’t until the 1950s if I recall correctly that hospital births became the latest thing. So chances are your great-grandmother, maybe even grandmother, gave birth at home.

    I think the whole “home births are icky” philosophy is a byproduct of that fad. Anyone who has seen one either on video or in person will tell you there isn’t that much to it if both mother and baby are healthy to begin with.

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  16. Andrew S on June 5, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Everyone, please try voting now. If anyone else experiences problems, make another comment…

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  17. NewlyHousewife on June 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Failed here.

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  18. Andrew S on June 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    OK, then, back to the drawing board…

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