I have to disagree with Karen Adams comment on being able to have a beautiful, natural birth in a hospital setting.
I'm a physician who grew up with midwives and chose to have my child at home, because after years of working in various Labor and Delivery wards in the Portland area (prior to medical school) I knew that having a natural birth in a hospital is almost impossible. Even if you have an OB who is supportive, the hospital's protocols will not allow a minimal interference approach. Everyone gets a saline lock IV, everyone gets TOCO monitoring- which absolutely ties you to staying still in bed (about the worst thing you can do for labor). Nurses are swamped with paperwork and only come in and out of your room to check your progress periodically. You are in an alien environment and forced to work against an artificial time table or pitocin will be administered to speed things up. It's no coincidence that most unplanned c-sections occur around shift change.
Of course, having a cesarean section saves some babies in some situations. I've seen many absolutely necessary c-sections and thank the gods they were done! However, subjecting so many healthy women to this unnecessary and major surgery as a side effect of how our Birth Culture exists in this country is like summarily giving mastectomies to all women because some will develop breast cancer. If the rate truly reflected saved lives, why is our infant mortality rate so much higher than Europe, and their c-section rate so much lower?
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