My research and personal experience with doctors has taught me that many doctors take a “one size fits all” approach to medicine. Especially when it comes to giving birth. I’ve also witnessed pregnancy and birth treated as a medical condition, a disease, instead of a natural occurrence that the female body was designed for. These are some of the reasons I chose to birth at home with midwives instead of seeking out the assistance of our modern medical system.
This choice wasn’t immediate, however. When I was early in my first pregnancy, I went to my regular gynecologist with some questions. After discussing a few things with her, I found out that she induces EVERYONE at 38 weeks, not matter what! I was floored and left her office immediately, never to return (not even for my yearly). 38 weeks?! First of all, your estimated due date is exactly that…ESTIMATED! What happens if they accidentally get your date wrong and end up inducing you even earlier before critical fetal development stages? Full term is now considered anywhere from 38-42 weeks, but only your body can tell you when it is time. Even if a home birth is not for you, I would recommend finding a doctor that is going to let you listen to your body.
This post is not meant to vilify doctors, it’s merely an explanation of my birthing choice crafted with the intention of encouraging women to learn more and to stand their ground when it comes to their rights and choices. Doctors are critical in many emergency situations and have saved many mothers’ and babies’ lives.
Planning for a home birth is a safe and positive option for many healthy women who are experiencing a straightforward pregnancy. Some women choose this path because they understand that having a baby is a normal part of a woman's life that works best without interference. Others just want to birth in their “own space”. Both of these happened to be true for me. I found that with the proper tools and guidance having a home birth can be one of the most relaxing and liberating experiences you will ever have.
Considering a home birth after a previous cesarean? HBAC with a straight-forward pregnancy is completely possible. To learn more a great place to browse is the International Cesarean Awareness Network.