**The opinions expressed here on this blog are exactly that, just my personal opinions, I mean absolutely no disrespect for anyone who agrees with this method of childbirth. So don't anyone go and get on any high horses okay?**
I watched the show FreeBirthing on Discovery Health the other night and I couldn't help but watch it - in that same way you can't help from looking at a train wreck. The show follows moms who are practicing the Free birthing method of childbirth. These people choose to give birth with no drugs, no midwife and no medical support whatsoever.
Now I'm all about the fact that women should be able to choose how they want to give birth I mean we are carrying the kid after all but this show really put a nasty knot in my stomach and I watched with my mouth hanging open. Home births are one thing but these ladies had absolutely NO ONE with any medical training nearby! One of the couples not only had no medical personnel present at the birth but she also choose not to have ANY prenatal care and leading up to her birth she suspected (knowledge she gained not from medical school but by using the blood pressure machine at Wal-Mart and a stethoscope she bought off Ebay) that she had placenta previa! Um I didn't have that condition while pregnant but I know that it can be VERY dangerous for mom and baby. That lady had someone come to her house to teach her infant CPR instead of just going to get looked at "just in case" her baby couldn't breath when it came out - she asked the CPR instructor how long the baby would have to be without oxygen before it died "just in case" and when asked about that very real possibility she said "well I know it could happen and I know I would feel really bad about that" Um gee you think? They tied the baby's umbilical cord with a SHOESTRING!! I mean really that's just ugh.
There are mid-wives out there that will do a home birth and assist as little or as much as you want so WHY IN THE HECK would you do this and possibly put your baby at risk just so that you can have the kind of birth experience you want? I mean I just could not imagine doing anything that would put my son in danger - even a little bit of danger. Isn't a little doctors help worth your kid living a full and healthy life? I know that our bodies are designed for childbirth but all it takes is a few minutes without oxygen and that baby is DEAD - I just can't fathom being so selfish that I would risk my son for anything at all. Maybe my opinion would be different if I'd have had a horrible birthing experience but somehow I can't think it would.
What do you all think? Yep I'm asking you all to ACTUALLY COMMENT!! Come on I know you all can do it - I believe it you!!