So, I finally got to watch The Business of Being Born, the documentary that Ricki Lake made on home births. I finished watching it with mixed feelings. I do DEFINITELY agree that we intervene way too often. I wish we would stop inducing everyone for no medical reasoning. I know this is what women think they want, but if they were educated on the implications it can have, I don't think it would be what they wanted anymore. It is so funny because I am someone who DID NOT want to be induced and have had to be induced for medical indications both times.
I know complications with home births are rare, but WHAT IF mine was the one birth that went wrong and my baby died. How would I ever get over it when I know had I been at the hospital, it most likely would not have happened. I just could not forgive myself. In a perfect world, I would love to deliver at home, but I just don't think I could take the chance. Not to mention, it happens to be illegal in the state of Alabama. So, in my ideal world, there would be a place where women could go and give birth without intervention, however be next door to a hospital that could take care of the emergencies. I just wish there was a happy medium.
They definitely did make some good points against hospital births in the movie. They talked about the "snowball" effect hospitals have. We have to start and IV, and once we do that and your not progressing quickly enough ...let us just put some pitocin in your IV to speed up your labor. Once women get the pitocin, some find it hard to go unmedicated, so they get their epidural. That slows down there labor, so more pitocin and then eventually our interventions end up stressing the baby out. So, off for a c-section we go. Then we are all so happy we were able to "save" the baby, but would we have had all of these problems without our interventions? I think if we could just let labor occur, then we wouldn't have nearly as many emergencies.
They also brought up some very astonishing statistics. The US has the 2nd worst infant death rate and one of the highest maternal death rates of industrialized countries. They mentioned that in 2005 1 in 3 births was a c-section. Wow...that is unbelievable. What have we come to?
I am so excited about our hospital beginning to offer water births and hopefully we will continue to progress (or regress) back to what birth SHOULD be, but still do it in an environment which has the capabilities to care for those patients who do have true emergencies.