Posted by: Esther | August 28, 2008

In the Mind of a Homebirther

I just a read a blog that I believe requires a response. In it the blogger wrote that it is irresponsible for women to give birth at home, because all that one needs is in the hospital if something goes wrong. This is probably a common view, but that reasoning comes from one who really is uneducated about the birthing process, and modern medicine. Without getting into statistics about the safety of homebirthing vs. hospital birthing (if one would like to know they can google that), I would like to explain the mindset of a homebirther.

We believe that giving birth is a natural process and we do not believe it is natural for anything to go wrong. With this mindset it would seem silly to give birth in the hospital. Let me explain further… riding a bike can be dangerous. You could fall off the bike, brake bones, or get hit by a car. But you wouldn’t ride your bike in a hospital just in case something happened. This is exactly the mindset of a homebirther. Why would I want to have a baby in a place that is for sick or broken people to get better? If I am sick or broken, I will go there to get better or fixed. But just like I don’t have my kids ride their bikes in the hospital in case something happens, I will not give birth in a hospital in case something happens.

Now there are many, many other reasons why we homebirth, but this is in direct response to that comment made from another blogger. I hope this helps others to understand us better. Homebirthing is under attack by greedy physicians, lawyers, and politicians, and unfortunately uneducated people buy into their propaganda. If anyone believes that homebirthing is irresponsible I urge them to check the statistics. But in checking the statistics, find unbiased statistical data. The AMA and Ob-Gyn’s will skew the statistics to support their agenda. Check statistics from other countries, such as Europe. You may be enlightened.

But beyond that, I even wonder why people care. I don’t care if people want to give birth in a hospital. I believe they should have that right, even though I may not agree that it is the best or safest place to give birth. Why then do people want to take away the right for a mom to have her baby born at home? We as women have the right to give life or take it, but we don’t even have the right to choose where we want to deliver that life. Hmmm… Our society can be so hypocritical.

Colossians 2: 8-10 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.

Lord willing, I will be as vigorous a homebirther as the Jewish women in Egypt. But praise God for modern medicine, in case something does go wrong, I will ask the Lord to give them the wisdom to fix it. And if they can’t, it will be the Lord’s will.


Responses

  1. Great post. I could not agree more.

  2. I agree completly You are such an encouragment. I had my daughter in july of o8 and used a midwife group thur the hospital and will never use the again they were just as bad as doctors. My Daughters peditrition whom I found after the birth is also a midwife and will be doing all my care form here on out. I’d love to get to know you better please email me. Or you can visit me on my cafe mom website.
    http://www.cafemom.com/home/sn2bmummy


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