When it comes to how you choose to bring your baby into the world, I'm a firm believer that you should do what works best for you and your family. It could be delivering in a hospital, having a homebirth, having a water birth, going the natural route when it comes to pain management, and so on and so forth.
But after hearing about something called "freebirthing," I can't help but feel the urge to go ahead and put my judgy pants on and get a little preachy. What exactly is freebirthing, you ask? Well, it's giving birth on your own. As in by yourself. As in pushing out a baby without the assistance of doctors, nurses, midwives, or even a doula.
Yes, women are actually doing this -- and raving about their experiences with it.
And all I can say is, are they out of their minds?!? They must be, because it's almost impossible to understand why any mother would put herself and her baby at risk all for the sake of having a peaceful and private birth.
Unless you're a medical professional or midwife yourself, how can you expect to know how to successfully deliver a baby? Or even if these moms aren't totally alone and have their husbands present in the room -- do they really believe they'll remain calm and will know what to do in the event that there are complications?
I fully understand that many women want to make sure their labor and delivery is as natural and intervention-free as possible. But shouldn't there at least be somebody there who knows what the hell they're doing?!?
I'm sorry, but the whole freebirthing thing is not only dangerous, it also seems extremely selfish to me. These women are putting their personal wishes ahead of their baby's well being, which is something I just can't comprehend.
I guess the only possible way where I could see this as being (sort of) remotely acceptable is if the mom-to-be made sure there was a doctor, nurse, midwife, or whoever on standby somewhere in the house during the birth just in case she happened to run into a problem. Anything less than that just isn't fair to the baby who is being brought into the world by someone who doesn't have the slightest clue how to do it.
Would you ever consider freebirthing?
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