FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby rosalinda » Tue Dec 22, 2009 02:15 pm

I haven't seen it, does anyone know where I can catch a re-run or get it on DVD?

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby brianned5 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 02:06 pm

I watched some of it, but when my husband came in and saw some of it he was getting pretty upset. So we turned. I'll never understand it. Of course, I refuse to see anyone but an MFM, and will only go to a level III maternity hospital with a level III NICU, so I'm totally opposite.

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby atvlady » Mon Nov 23, 2009 08:29 pm

I think homebirth is a individual decision ONLY if there is proper care and the midwife has a backup plan if things go wrong. I did watch this show 2 times and found it to be so bad that she did not get prenatal care. Her baby really needs that! When I got pregnant I wanted to do a homebirth but now that I know about pre-e, I have changed my mind and will be traveling an hour and half away to give birth in a level 3 NICU hospital where my OB is. I don't trust pre-e cause I know things can go sourly south and in the express lane. Education is key as long as proper prenatal care and care for the mother, even at 6 weeks PP!

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby jules2 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 01:52 pm

Its refusing any ante-natal care that gets me here. No-one can really predict which women will develop PE, gestational diabetes, or a whole host of other pregnancy complications. Even if you have had a normal pregnancy already, that is not a sure fire guarantee for the future.

I don't see any problem with someone wanting or organising a home birth, just so long as they have a plan B which can be put into action quickly if things start going wrong. Even before my disaster pregnancy, I always wanted the reassurance of a hospital birth, that is just me. I can understand others would prefer the comfort and familiarity of home.

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby jmom08 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 08:33 am

Originally posted by ComplexOphelia

It must be nice to be so relaxed about your pregnancy and so sure that nothing bad could happen to you.

Yes. That's how I feel sometimes talking also with people who have never experienced PE or other pregnancy complications... some of them are very concerned and want to find out more, others seem to come from a mindset where if it hasn't happened to them personally, it can't be a big deal. It's really bizarre how many people seem to know everything about all pregnancies just because they they had one without problems!

I think the goal of giving moms more comfort and control over childbirth is wonderful. I think doctors and hospitals could learn a lot from it! I don't think, though, that those goals should trump the safety of mom & baby, and I do get upset the few times I've talked with advocates who act as though I'm somehow missing out or being misled by not going / having gone that route.

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby caryn » Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:25 pm

I planned a homebirth myself, so no, I don't think anyone here is going to judge an individual's hopes for an uncomplicated birth, or luck at having one, harshly. :-)

Re. lifetime maternal mortality: Radio Free Europe reports a one in six death rate in an environment likely very similar to our historic environment. A director at the Council on Foreign Relations describes the numbers as "frankly medieval" -- not even all that historic!

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby amandaoasis » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:55 pm


I don't think any of us would try to alienate someone with natural birth beliefs. I think more than anything, a lot of us are envious of the experience that those women get to have. An uncomplicated pregnancy and happy at-home birth surrounded by our loved ones is a dream a lot of us have had in the past. And then it was all crushed.

More than anything, I just worry about women who choose to have absolutely no pre-natal care and a birth without any type of medical supervision (even just a midwife). We have all seen the deadly outcomes of PE and we just don't want to see women and babies in those situations. And yes, I do understand that pregnancy is a totally natural phenomenon and that the vast majority of women have an uncomplicated time of it.

Congrats on getting to experience a home birth...that really must have been a beautiful experience. And it is wonderful that you realize that with a history of PE that this time around everyone is safer with increased medical supervision.

Again, no harsh judgements from me. I hope you stick around and we get to watch as your pregnancy continues until you give birth to a healthy baby, and beyond. The support of these boards is irreplaceable. Welcome!

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby beetkvass » Tue Nov 17, 2009 06:40 pm

I really like this board and need the support here this pregnancy. So I hope I won't be judged harshly here. But I'll out myself as being very well acquainted with the unassisted birth community online and IRL in my state. I have been for a good decade now. I know a lot of people who have unassisted births and who have had several of them. I had a UC with my 4th pregnancy though I had full prenatal care with her. It was hands down the most incredible event of my life and in my husband's.

I fully accept that I am not at a stage where pregnancy is simple and safe for me and I am ok with that. Well, not ok with it. But I accept it. However in my experience in most cases of healthy women pregnancy and birth can and often is very simple and safe. There is nothing like having your baby at home in your own bed and caught in your own arms to affirm that. But I think we've all here had other experiences showing otherwise. I can understand that an experience like that makes it very hard to see passed that.

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby complexophelia » Wed Nov 04, 2009 08:38 pm

It makes me so mad. So, so, so mad. I was going to have a home birth with DS, with a CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE.

It comes from a place of having no idea that anything bad could ever happen, and I'm jealous of that. It must be nice to be so relaxed about your pregnancy and so sure that nothing bad could happen to you. For the babe's sake, I pray that's the case for these Unassisted Pregnancies.

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Re : FREEBIRTHING on Discovery Health

Postby jules2 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 06:50 am

Someone should remind these women how high maternal mortality used to be - and still is in some parts of the world. Let alone neo-natal mortality. Some women seem to believe its the docs who cause all the problems!

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