I received this little gem of criticism tonight in response to yesterday's post about having babies in hospitals:
Read the book "Pushed" by Jennifer Block. I believe you are a little naive regarding the risks involved in hospital births, especially those involving pitocin, cytotec, epidurals, vacuums, etc. Didn't you schedule your induction WEEKS beforehand? Electively? Have you educated yourself about the risks of pitocin/cytotec on yourself and your child? Do you understand that the use of pitocin typically leads to epidurals, episiotomies, forceps, cesareans, etc.? Birth is not a sickness! Hospitals and drugs are for sick people. Maybe if you had let your baby decide on her own birthday, you could have had a better experience. Try getting a doula next time and letting your baby come on his/her own. Home birth is NOT completely nuts. Electively inducing a baby is COMPLETELY nuts. And before you take this the wrong way...I was induced with my first and had a miserable time. A very similar experience to your own. With my second baby I prepared with Hypnobabies and got a doula. I delivered without any interventions and had THE BEST experience ever!
It was published anonymously.
First let me say I actually expected more comments like yours. Birth sparks a lot of controversy and I'm not at all surprised by your response.
Yes, I did schedule an induction weeks beforehand but it was NOT elective. I had gestational diabetes and there was risk of the baby getting too big but also my fluid levels were getting dangerously low. However, I was still not induced. I had my membranes stripped so I guess if you consider that a form of induction, then whatever. We'd have even more to argue about. As far as I'm concerned, I went into labor on my own.
My water broke and I had regular contractions for several hours but then they stopped. I needed to have the baby within 24 hours of my water breaking or there would be risk of infection. Because of THAT I was given some pitocin to help my body get back on track. I did not have an epidural because of the pitocin. I also did not have an episiotomy or forceps or a cesarean.
I do not condone people scheduling inductions just for any convenience, but I strongly believe that in some cases it is better for the mom and the baby's health to do so. You are in no position to judge my situation and what was best for me and my baby.
I seriously think it's great you had a doula and prepared with Hypnobabies. I think doulas and midwifes and hypnobirthing are all wonderful ways to bring a baby into this world. However, my point in yesterday's post was only to say that unless you have that baby IN a hospital (or at the very least near a hospital, like an adjoining birthing center or something), you can be at risk of experiencing life threatening issues with little to no way of handling them.
No, birth is not a sickness. But I do not believe hospitals are just for sick people. Hospitals are for healing. Hospitals are for wellness. When I had my baby I was concerned about healing properly and being well. I was also concerned for mine and my baby's health and safety. There is nothing that says just because you have your baby in a hospital, you must also have medications. But I would also say to you that you cannot judge another mother for choosing to have an epidural or any medical help.
I could go into a discussion about epidurals but I think I'll save that for later.
Suffice it to say that I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and opinions but I don't so much appreciate the judging tone of your comment. I made my decisions regarding labor and delivery very carefully and for what I felt would be best for me and my baby.