We've talked about home births before, and Joanna just wrote about the subject yesterday. It's a controversial choice, but the choice to stay home and fly solo--with no help from a nurse, doula or midwife--is even more controversial...
This woman wrote in to The Guardian about about her problem: "My brother's girlfriend is eight months pregnant," she writes. "My parents recently found out that she has not seen a doctor or midwife, and that they are planning to have a completely 'unassisted non-medical' birth. ...My parents are scared that the baby or my brother's girlfriend may not survive the birth. They are also worried that the baby will have a genetically inherited condition (as some of my siblings do) that will require immediate and/or lifelong medical help."
OK, so home births are one thing, but completely unassisted births? (And let's paint the very bleak picture here: you, your partner (if you have one) and the baby pushing through, with no expert in the room to rely on if things go south.) Sorry, but this sounds incredibly foolish. We're not living in 1809 for crying out loud.
Tell me your thoughts: Would you ever support an unassisted birth?
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