we considered home birth with our last baby,but i was too scared. I guess knowledge of what could go wrong affected our decision. I still think home birth is a viable option if it is a low risk pregnancy, birth attended by certified midwife with proper nrp training and equipment. and in resonable distance from hospital.
ideally my opinion is birth is best done at free standing birth center near a hospital.
just about everyone here knows my opinion on all the interventions we do to laboring patients, social inductions etc. we have way to many interventions and inductions and i believe a lot of the problems are caused by that. pitocin can stress the baby out more than just letting it occur naturally. I really hate it when they AROM a patient at 1-2 cm. that just burns me u
and the pushing thing , yes a lot of the women can just rely on the contactions to labor the baby down,but some do have to push. I know some docs that want you to start pushing at 8 cm. another item i don't agree with.
my opinion is birth is usually best if allowed to occur and progress on it's own time.
DAYRAY I see you pointed out one of my favorite stats. that the US has the highest infant morbidity and mortality of any developed country