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Homebirth – Not Nirvana

Monday, September 14th, 2009

As you know, if you have been following my blog this year,  this is a subject I feel very strongly about. I’ve written about it many times. Yet another, very sad story was on MSNBC a few days ago outlining the risks of giving birth at home. Catherine and Ricardo lost their daughter because labor went on abnormally for days, without medical attention.

I have talked about, in a previous blog,  Cara Muhlhahn, the nurse-midwife in this story. The absolute fact here is that Catherine began labor with a healthy baby and, in a hospital setting, she would most likely have given birth to a healthy baby.  The program also mentions the documentary produced by Ricki Lake last year called The Business of Being Born. I will talk more about that in my next blog.

I will receive numerous emails by homebirth advocates, saying that I am yet another part of the medical establishment that does not honor the sacredness of birth. Don’t even get me started. Birth is the most sacred of life experiences. There is no question that the “system” of birth in this country is flawed, however that a misguided reason to forego safety for both moms and babies.

The discussion as to which is “better” – giving birth at home or in a more medical setting can be passionately argued over and over again. However, the words of the mom in this story says all that needs to be said. “I would have a C/section a hundred times over… if only I could hold my child in my arms. So, a C/section is not the worst thing. Losing our Noa is the definitely the worst thing”.

I will be talking more about Ricki Lake’s documentary, as well as her book  this week. I would also like to share with you my birth of Alexander. It is one of the clearest examples of how quickly things can change.

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