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I'm currently 16 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. I had two hospital births that were in turns tramatic and depressing. Things were done to me without consent, no one listened to me, I was told not to make noises when I pushed, and was otherwise bullied.
This pregnancy I started seeing a nurse midwife in a doctors office. We discussed the births I'd had, the birth I want, and my personal risk factos. At the end of that discussion my nurse midwife recommended I transfer to a birthing center because she couldn't give me the birth I desired in the hospital. Not wouldn't. COULDN'T. I think that my nurse midwife refered me out speaks volumes!
The biggest issue I hear time and time again from other moms is the issue of OB's being c-section happy and hospital policy not allowing for the birth they want. You MUST follow this predetermined schedule or you get "help" whether you want it or not.
A very good friend of mine is also pregnant with her third child. Her first, she had to have a c-section because her baby was breech. Her second, she was at a hospital that would allow VBAC and she was able to successfully deliver. This time, she's in a new area where she'll be faced with driving an hour and a half to a hospital that will allow VBAC because no one in her area will. That shouldn't be the case. A woman shouldn't have to go so far in labor to avoid being cut open because it's policy.
THAT is why women chose to birth out of hospitals. It's not some hippy-dippy incense and scarf reason, it's because that's how where we HAVE to go to avoid unnessecary interventions and have a healthier delivery.
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