It never even occurred to me that out of hospital births were an OPTION until I watched Business of Being Born. Thank GOD for that film. I'm four months along now and going the midwife/birthing center route. My midwife runs her practice out of a converted house and she has an MD come in for your two required MD visits. All visits and births happen right there, in a very homey environment (2 birthing rooms). Since it's my first, I'm a little too nervous to do it at home, 15 minutes or so from a hospital. The birthing center is just minutes away from the hospital. Provided things stay as normal as they have, this baby will be pushed out the way nature intended. Almost everyone I know 'had' to have interventions due to medical complications. Virtually *every* woman I know had complicated births? Or are hospitals just that good at talking moms into interventions "for the saftey of the baby." I wonder sometimes...I'm thankful that even if I have to give birth in a hospital, my midwife will still be there to help me advocate for myself.
My midwife will deliver some breech births, but not ever for a first time mom. So, my fingers are crossed that this kid knows how to 'head out' when the time comes!
Hospital births have their time and place in emergencies, but it's shocking how women have been convinced we suddenly can't handle childbirth and need pain meds and/or surgical interventions for uncomplicated, routine deliveries.
I'll give birth in whatever position is most comfortable for me....at my midwife's birthing center each room has a waterbirth option, but I hate to be cold and wet, so I can't see me doing that. But, she has just told me to keep my mind open b/c sometimes you just don't know what you're going to want.