Alternative Birthing: Risky or Risque?
In a couple of weeks we will be experiences one of God’s greatest miracles; childbirth. Although this is our fourth time what never changes is how exciting it is to be a daddy again. I know that God knew what He was doing by distracting me with new babies while my first enters into the adult world.
However, this is not about being a daddy or my children. This post is about our choice for the birth. We’ve decided to use alternative birthing instead of a hospital. The facility we’re going to use is Reunion Women’s Health and Birth Center in Kingwood, TX.
Our youngest daughter was born on that bed in the picture because while they were trying to fill the tub you see there, Izabella started to crown and there was no hope of moving then. From start to finish Marianne delivered her in an hour and a half; totally remarkable. We were able to relax for a couple of hours and then go home to enjoy the new addition to our family. We’re of course praying for a water delivery this time.
Many people find alternative birthing to be so far away from the norm that it isn’t even considered; it’s almost risqué. I find it fascinating given that childbirth without hospitals is practiced far more around the world than with medical assistance. There aren’t a billion Chinese people because of their modern approaches to childbirth.
There are more advantages to alternative birthing than will ever be discussed at the dinner table soon after a couple finds out that they are expecting. But I hope to give a little insight into what our experience has been and what I see as the advantages of alternative birthing vs. hospital.
- Friends and family can be present making the experience a family event inviting joy into the room which helps the mother in the delivery.
- The home environment makes the experience inviting and eases anxieties the mother may have in the birthing process.
- No fetal monitor. Nothing freaks a new mother out than when the fetal monitor suddenly goes quite for some reason. Not to mention it’s strapped around her belly making her VERY uncomfortable.
- No poking, prodding or constant vaginal probing. Birthing is treated as a normal human process and not a medical condition. (Of course there are always those who have complications and the medical profession is needed in those circumstances).
- There is no chance of switching because the baby never leaves the mother’s side. (No annoying nurses becoming too attached to your baby).
- You go home within a few hours of the delivery. No overnight stays.
- It’s cheaper than hospital deliveries (Men love this part).
These are just some of the reasons that we’ve chosen and will always choose a birthing center over a hospital but we’re just one couple. What do you think about alternative birthing? My hope is that instead of following the herd; be open to the possibilities of the warm and beautiful experience of alternative birthing and you may come to the conclusion that we did; there is no better way than the alternative.
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