Arguments for Normal Birth
SageFemme, a midwife, has a bit of a rant on birth, and you should read the entire thing. A snippet:
Birthing as your body leads you is your RIGHT – your baby’s RIGHT. Don’t hope that your doctor is honest about his / her promises to abide by your birth plan. There’s always some “emergency” or “complication” that will remove any and all of your desires. Don’t assume that one good doctor out of a practice of five will be there for your birth.
All these don’ts. Where are the “do”s?? Where is the control? Why do women have to birth on the defensive? Why on earth do first time moms believe that they can have the birth they deserve, they desire? Why do so few of them get it – but believe that it was their body that was faulty – and go back for more??
Trial of Labor has additional thoughts on this topic inspired by SageFemme’s post, including this point about “selfishness”:
It’s curious that people who oppose homebirth find it selfish and self-serving. Oh but doctors who gear birth to happen during daylight hours during the week aren’t selfish? The doctor who suggests induction or augmentation of labor isn’t being selfish? S/he doesn’t have a line of patients at his practice to get to or more babies to “deliver”?
SageFemme also links to this appalling piece in the LA Times, in which a perinatalogist is being allowed to continue practicing at Kaiser Fresno, despite years of complaints from fellow staffers about his allegedly inappropriate care of women and babies.