13 responses to “Obs suggesting there should be more homebirth”

  1. Rebecca

    Great statement – happening at a time where the NHS Trust in my area (County Durham) has closed down the one and only MLU in the area and officially suspended it’s homebirth service pending further review in September – due to staff shortages in hospital! In the adjoining region where I am supporting a couple, they have been warned repeatedly they may not get their homebirth due to staff shortages – despite the fact there are a total of two women booked for home births in this period. Oh the irony!

  2. Murasaki

    I think the personalised care and, for me, woman centred care is sooo important. If I’m bleeding to death or need a surgery to save my baby then I’m not going to care about some stranger seeing me naked but otherwise I dont want strange men watching me do one of the most intimate things that ever happens in a woman’s life. I get “fight or flight” hormones when I have a papsmear or dental check-up.

    Drs the world over just need to get the idea that we actually care more about our babies than they do. So we’re not going to try to kill them. Trust us!!! You trust us with the nappies and vomit!

  3. Yolanda

    I’m fully supportive of women who want to homebirth and definitely think there should be less obstacles for them and their caregivers to overcome. However, I also think that not all hospitals and obstertricians are money grabbing, antiquated misogynists, as they are sometimes portrayed in the hospital v home birth debate.

  4. Karen

    Put simply . . . induction rates are increasing because doctors are BLINDLY following supposed evidence based, recommendations on inducing women, without any real empathy, knowledge, flexibly toward pregnancy and birth. Perinatal Guide Lines are incorrect, dated, and medically biased, derived from Randomized Controlled Trials which were poor and wrongly designed for humans, pregnancy and gestation.
    Coincidently, I’ve just finished my research into IOL practices and its impact on increasing section rates. I can’t express to you my despair when I looked, not only into the evidence but the evidence to which the recommendations were meant to be based on . . . . I just don’t know when this fucking madness will end . . it just seems to be getting worse.

    1. Danielle

      Are you published? I’d love to read it!

  5. DragonMumma

    Yolanda, its comments like yours that truely piss me off! What you are saying is that as long as I’m tough and firm, I’ll get the birth I ‘deserve’ in hospital. Well, I shouldn’t HAVE to be tough and strong!! I shouldn’t HAVE to fight for my OWN RIGHTS! I shouldn’t HAVE to get the okay from some bloke who’s not even in the bloody room! Seriously, your comment smacks of ‘On My High Horse’ and its people like you who are the reason I had such a struggle to justify my home birth to others. Basically, you had your ‘okay’ midwife scuttle off while you were in labour (for who knows how long), to get the ‘okay’ to ALLOW you to birth as you wanted. I had a fabulous midwife who didn’t leave my side, I didn’t need to seek anyones ‘Permission’ and I birthed the way I NEEDED to. No permission needed – I Own My Own Body and Have My Own Rights. You want to see an empowered woman? You want to see educated women stand up to medical professionals? Here I am, A Survivor of a Hospital Birth and Blessed Woman of a Beautiful Home Birth!

    1. Danielle

      This is why the move to try to get eligible midwives to attend their own patients in hospital would be so wonderful. Many of us CANNOT choose homebirth so the next best thing would be our own midwife for antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care – even if we need to birth in hospital. There are lots of reasons women choose to birth in hospital, and yes, many of them do not realise that they COULD birth at home but for many of us, hospital IS they safest choice! I would give (almost) anything to have a homebirth – but not my life. My son was born preterm (32 weeks) and I had a retained placenta with a 3000mL haemorrhage and an experimental procedure to narrowly avoid a hysterectomy – I was not going to risk leaving my son an orphan and birthing my second child at home – away from immediate assitance if I did something so stupid again. You can have the most skilled practitioner in the world, but if you have high risk factors then hospital birth MAY need to be considered the safer option.

      It is for the woman to decide.

      As a midwife (passionate about homebirth) I am all about fully informed choice. No one should be bullied for chosing homebirth anymore than they should be bullied for chosing a homebirth.

      1. Danielle

        As a midwife (passionate about homebirth) I am all about fully informed choice. No one should be bullied for chosing homebirth anymore than they should be bullied for chosing a hospital birth – clearly made a mistake there!

  6. debbie

    I just happened to find this site trying to find answers to my question whay is midwfiery so shit in australia and you have provided the answer! I am a UK midwife who has moved to victoria and returned to midwifery practice and cannot express how appalled and amazed i am at obstetric care in the 21st century in a westernized country. I first noted that at least 60% of women here have epidurals (this includes multips) and this is because the dr said its best ! and they have to endure cathetrization for 24 hours after!! After thisI cannot get my head around appallingly high c-section rate as high as 50-60% depending on the reg/consultant that is on. This is outragous, these women have no idea of the longer term health risks of unnecessary surgery. Seriously, i took a booking for c section for probable small pelvis WTF! the number of inductions is crazy but worse , is that women have absolutely no idea why they are been induced, having a section or analgesia choices, they are starved, monitored and bullied but sadly because their doctor makes their choices it must be right !! I nearly fainted when a women questioned the need for abx prescribed by the doctor – she asked me based on the fact I am a UK midwife I reassured her that on this occasion I agreed with DR so she accepted treatment – it is the norm in the UK for pateints to question their choices. I had one silly young grad midwife ask me about the rate of complaints in UK LOL I advised her to come work in the NHS in UK !! The midwives i work with think they are promoting women centered care and sticking up for midwives rights if they sign a blood form – seriously distrurbing. My worst experience thus far was witnessing a ventouse delivery by a reg in a bad mood – seriously the woman had no idea why she was having it, and she had an episiotomy so long it required 3 sutures for repair and she was almost knocked off with 60 mls lidocaine , but it was okay because the idiot mother in law thought the doctor was great !! Well needless to say I am heading back home…