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Monday Teeny Poll

By Glinda


Well, I had an interesting weekend, how about you?

Last week I wanted to know if you are ready for the looming holidays. A heartening 33% said to bring it on, and I’m glad to know many of you are not tempted to crawl beneath the covers. However, the next-highest vote-getter was “send help or a strong drink, or maybe both” so maybe things aren’t as great as I think they are. I myself am feeling pretty optimistic this year.

This week I’m going to ask about childbirth. If it was a perfect world, and money and insurance were not issues, how would you have delivered your baby? Or how would you prefer to if you haven’t had one yet? I mean, we can dream, can’t we?

On a related note, the lovely Never teh Bride has alerted us to the plight of The North Shore Birthing Center, which is in danger of being shut down. I feel women need to have as many choices and options as possible for such an important event in our lives, so go here to find out more and how you can help.

17 Responses to “Monday Teeny Poll”

  1. mamafitz Says:

    2 of my 3 children were born in a hospital, 1 was supposed to be, but we didn’t make it and he was born on our stairway. all births were fine, though i would have preferred to be at home with a midwife. my husband, however, was not comfortable with that at all, so hospital it was (using our family practitioner).

  2. ayla Says:

    You don’t have the option “at home by myself”, which would really be my most preferred option, but barring that, I’ll stay home with a midwife. My husband is currently not comfortable with me birthing by myself yet, and that colors my view, too, but honestly, I think I could do it by myself, with him and maybe a friend for support.

  3. Never teh Bride Says:

    Thank you so much for posting a link to the campaign to save the North Shore Birth Center. That is my preferred option — all the comforts of home with all the safety of a hospital — but if the option is taken away, I’ll probably opt for a home birth with a midwife. Then again, I live all but three blocks away from a hospital in a low-traffic area and I come from a culture in which home births with midwives are considered safe and normal!

  4. class-factotum Says:

    Interesting article about home births in the NYTimes:

  5. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    It’s going to have to be the hospital for me. I live a 45 minute drive from a hospital, and so would never dare give birth at home. If something went wrong, 45 minutes is much too long of a drive to get to where we need to be.

  6. Maggie Says:

    I had one of my babies (now nearly 17) at the Birth centre at King George V – a wonderful experience with the knowledge that medical help was close, but supported by midwives skilled at normal birth.
    This is by far the best option, my other two births were more medicalised (even though they too were normal births) and far less under my control.
    Women need to lobby for what they want – the hospital system is in crisis in NSW and the needs of mothers and babies may be subsumed under the weight of economic necessity

  7. mrsdarwin Says:

    While I had two uneventful hospital births, I will never go back to a hospital as long as it’s possible for me to have a home birth with a midwife. Maybe it’s just because I can’t sleep when I’m not in my own bed… I know it’s not for everyone, but I would encourage any woman who doesn’t have any serious condition that makes it necessary to have a hospital birth to at least consider using a midwife.

  8. marvel Says:

    Loved, loved, loved my in-hospital experience, especially my epidural and my OB RNs. Seen too much go down too fast and too many unexpected bad outcomes to feel comfortable anywhere too far from an OB, a delivery suite and at least a level II nursery. But that’s my personal experience.

  9. gemdiva Says:

    My son is now 31 and I had him in a regular old hospital which was pretty much it back in the day. I was present for the birth of my grandaughter and that was a revelation! My son and her mom were also present during the delivery. Prior to that, during her labor, it was SRO in the room with multiple family members and friends drifting in and out. When I realized that this was the same room where they intended to deliver the baby, I had this overwhelming impulse to start sterilizing things. There was both a midwife and a Dr. present at the birth. I’m tellin’ you, it was crowded. All in all, though, I think it was a pretty good combo of options and the baby was and still is healthy and happy.

  10. Brian's Babymomma Says:

    I had a midwife in a hospital. No doctors, no drugs, but everything was close by.

  11. dgm Says:

    My first was with a midwife in a hospital, at least until it became an emergency and the aptly named Dr. Cutting performed a c-section. Still, in a perfect world I’d still go for the midwife at home.

  12. Bellamama Says:

    I had my first in a hospital and I will have my second in the same place. I know the prevailing fashion is for home-births, but I never could see the point. When I went into labor I wanted to be somewhere clean, where I felt safe, and where someone knew what they were doing – because I sure didn’t! The hospital provided all these things plus the marvelous advantage of an epidural. Unfortunately I made them stop the epidural for the pushing. I pushed for two hours in terrible pain and ended up resenting my little son for the experience.

    I once went to a birthing class where the teacher told me I’d be less of a mother, and less of a woman, if I didn’t choose natural childbirth – I should WANT to do it. I’m sorry, but I thought the whole point is to get the baby out of your belly and into your arms as safely as possible. No prizes for pain.

  13. Tizzy Says:

    My sister was planning to give birth with a dola (I think that’s the word) and a midwife at Women & Infants in Providence, RI but she ended up having to have an emergency C -section. I can’t imagine trying to give birth without emergency medical care available. I don’t understand the appeal but then I’ve never been pregnant.

  14. raincoaster Says:

    I’m what’s known as a “geriatric mother” which means anyone over age 25. And as such, ain’t no way I’m taking any chances. I’ll be giving birth in a hospital (should I find a sucker to go into this with me) with a midwife.

    My sister was born in a hospital, as was I (uneventfully) but she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her throat and if she hadn’t been whisked off to the Intensive Care Unit immediately, she’d have died. I will never forget that.

    Hospitals put utility first, there’s no question, but the good ones do recognize the miracle of birth and allow some leeway. Visitors, cigars, champagne, it’s all in good spirits and they’re happy to see it (as long as you’re not next to an oxygen tank!)

  15. Meg Says:

    I had a doula and an OB (none of the midwife options on my insurance were taking new patients at the time), but my OB was fairly non-interventional. I gave birth in the local hospital and would have tried to go it natural, but ended up induced due to pre-eclampsia leading to emergency C-section. With as fast as that decision went down, I will probably go hospital over birthing center again — world of difference for the baby when the operating room is right down the hall versus down the street.

  16. TeleriB Says:

    I had a midwife and doula at the hospital. Even though I was restricted to the bed because of blood pressure and the doula couldn’t use her bag of tricks, she was oh-so worth the money.

    And I learned my father would make an awesome doula. (I delivered a month early; he was down visiting by coincidence and ended up in the delivery room with us. Most serendipitous thing that’s probably happened in my life.)

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