EXCELLENT post, Nat.
The government is currently trying to make it illegal for midwives to have insurance yadda yadda yadda therefore home births will subsequently become illegal.
I think this is really really wrong.
It makes me mad when people say that home birth is dangerous, homebirth is stupid, and people who homebirth are just foolish.
Homebirth is obviosly not a choice for everyone. BUT
BUT BUT BUT it IS a choice for women. It is importnt that women have choices. Generations before us fought so hard for some form of equality for women , and we reap the benefits of those fights now. We are very lucky to live in a country where we do have such wonderful choices.
So i feel that women will be disadvantaged if the government succeeds in making homebirths illegal etc. Many many many women choose to birth their babies in hospital. Many choose epidurals. Many choose water births and gas. These all all birth choices. So is homebirth. I think its so important to leave our choices open. Sure, homebirth may be suited for a small percentage of women, and many 'non' homebirthers may not agree with the concept and act of homebirth. BUT we must agree as women that our choices are important and we must not let them be taken from us!!!!!!!!!!
I will also add that i have unfortunately had many choices taken away from me during birth, and have had 2 c sec...
i am not a homebirther. Nor am i a 'natural' birther. BUT i AM a woman, and i support my fellow women and the choices that are available to us. Lets keep our choices of how to birth our babies!!!!!