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It's unbelieveable isn't it!?! Although, I think most doctors, hospitals and such wouldn't say it is a "problem"...they make more $$$$! =) One of the blessings of having my babies out of the hospital! I'm sure w/how looooong I stalled with my first birth at 4cm, they would have convinced me in the painful moment to intervine in some way. I often hear that the doctors afterwards tell them how good it was that they did a c-section because the cord was wrapped around the baby's neck...but that is actually very common in births and RARELY is an actual emergency.Oh, so sad to see that our country is so backwards in maternity/childbirth!
Good post Jess. I was often lambasted for choosing a home birth, but my husband and I would tell people that we think that thousands of years worth of midwifery knowledge can be relied upon and there is a hospital up the street in the case of an actual emergency. I would surely have had a C had I been at the hospital, as you know, so I am really happy we did it at home. He was fine, I was fine, it just took a while and we had to do some unconventional methods to get Sinjin out. But he came out healthy, UN-drugged and neither of our vitals wavered for a moment in the whole process. I think a big thing to blame as well as the $$ part is the fear of legal repercussions. My midwife would tell me that OB/Gyn's are first trained in surgery so they resort to that when they are feeling insecure about a labor/delivery. Midwives know how to DELIVER babies. Everyone has their preference and comfort level and I would never put my preference onto another, but it is interesting how many C-Sections are performed unnecessarily these days. :)
Oh, and Sinjin did not have a cord around his neck, but my nephew did. All the midwives do is slip their hand up there and slip it off their neck! No biggie!