Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Making the Case for Home Births

The Guardian (UK): In defence of home births, by Sali Hughes:

Sali Hughes doesn't judge women who give birth in hospitals, so why, she argues, can't people accept her decision to opt for a home birth? For most women like her, who gave birth to both sons at home, it is a safe and entirely natural process


Just under three years ago, I was 39 weeks pregnant with my second child, sitting in front of the TV watching an Al Pacino interview, with a shepherd's pie resting atop my bump, when my waters broke. Less than two hours later, two NHS midwives packed up their medical paraphernalia and left me in my own bed, in clean pyjamas, my favourite mug of tea in one hand and a contentedly breastfeeding baby boy in the other. It was probably the most blissfully happy moment of my life. . . . 


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