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I had two amazing home/water births, one just 7 month ago. I chose this option because I knew that if I were in the hospital, I would be subjected to more interventions than I would be able to fend off. I wanted a natural birth, but knew that I wouldn't be able to resist drugs if offered. After attending a hospital birth of a friend, and witnessing the cascade of unnecessary interventions that occurred, I knew that home birth would be a better option for me.
I also want to add that my midwives were infinitely more informative than the doctors I saw. Having an hour to get my questions answered instead of the 5 minutes usually alloted at the doctor's office, made my birth experience easier, more informed, and much more relaxed. My direct entry midwives never left my side for the many hours I was in labor and delivery. I believe I was more in control of my own experience and therefor had a calmer and safer birth.
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