A very interesting Documentary. Made some very significant points about how birth is viewed in Aust. How home births are not funded at all but yet in other countries eg UK & NZ & how in Holland home births are the norm not hospital births and how it is a best practice to allow mothers who are a low risk category give birth at home. Also raised awareness about how our indigenous mothers are treated :really sad to think we call ourselves a nulticultural society & yet the women of the outback are shipped out for 4 wks at least before their DD without support from families. So inhumane and insensitve to their culture and their needs.
As the midwife in the movie said most home births can be a very natural relaxed and non-invasive process but that the midwives have experience & training to know when to say it's time to seek a doctors help and get the mother & unborn child to a hospital. Also many obstets supported midwives professional judgement in this area. Some even said that some monitoring equipment actually hindered rather than helped a mum i.e causing anxiety amongst the patient & what effects this could have on the baby & it's potential often to result in unplanned c seciton. I particularly liked Noni Hazelworth's account of her birth and how she felt that a hospital birth was not for her. I agree that for many women it's not & that everyone should have the right to choose what they belive is best for them.
I'm interested to hear anyone else's thoughts on the topic. I myself knew from even before I fell pregnant that I had to have a c -section due to the sugery 2 years earlier on my uterus wall. I really ummed & ahed and put off the surgery to remove a small 5cm fibroid saying I didn't want to do it because I really did want to at least try to have a vaginal birth if possible. But the repeated miscarriages made me opt to have the fibroid removed. The outcome was I still had another early term miscarriage but I got another gynacologist & he sorted out the problem. So unfortunately for me I never had the opportunity to consider other types of births eg water, home, hospital or birthing centre. But wonder now wld I if I was in the low risk category. Possibly might have had a homebirth - it does seem like a nice way to bring a baby into the world into your own home with your own comfortable surroundings and your comfy bed. I hate hospital beds - I do bring my own comfy pillow when I have to go to Hospital though - it makes me a little more comfortable shame I can't bring my whole bed. HA HA.
BTW I gave birth to a healthy and happy DD at 38 wks mainly because our obstet who recsearched my surgery case felt it was safest option to have a c section before I went into contractions which cld cause the uterus to tear & make a very risky delivery. I am always grateful for his professional advice and calm trusting manner, I was at a private hospital & I didn't have a midwife to consult with but we spent a gd deal of time with our Obstet over the pregnancy and I was never rushed out of his rooms he took alot of time & care to explain things. he was also recommended to me by my best friend so I kknw I was in safe hands. & Even though it was a c section which is surgery that is painful that he made the c section a happy fun experience, that I was awake & fully consicous of every thing, We took photos etc . DH & I were so relaxed and happy with the way it went just wished the lights in theatre cld've been a bit dimmer for our DD entrance into the world.
What do other mums think Would they or wouldn't they opt for a home birth? Just wonder who cleans up the mess? LOL