When expecting I become addicted to TLC and DHC's birthing and baby shows. I can't help myself. I watch them for the full 9 months and as soon as the baby is born my interest is over and I don't watch it again until the next pregnancy.
There's a new show called Free Birthing. I watched it the other day and am struggling with the idea of it. Basically women decide either with or without the approval of their partner and families to deliver their child completely on their own in their own home.
This is different from having a mid wife and birthing at home. These individuals have decided that the best place to have their child is at home and the best person to deliver that child is themselves or their partner. No nurse, no mid wife, no doctor, no one with formal training.
My biggest concern is that having had several children of my own you just don't know what's going to happen during birth or right after. Elijah was fine at birth and then underwent surgery within 36 hours to save his life. Graham came early and aspirated and couldn't breathe on his own.
I can understand wanting to be in control of your own birth experience but at the same time recognizing your own limitations could save the lives of your child and yourself. Our good friend had a normal delivery but then started bleeding and it quickly became and emergency situation. We are living in an era where our infant mortality rate is at an all time low. In generations past it was expected to lose children and mothers in child birth. Why turn down the assistance that has proven to save so many lives.