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Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
1st Jun '13

It's not illegal and I do not believe it should be. Even if it was, I'd support it and still do it, they'd have no way to prove that it wasn't a case of midwife not making it in time or not being near enough a phone when I went into active labour :D



All making it illegal would do is jeopardize women and babies. For the rare instance that intervention and emergency services are needed, I'd hate to think women would not call when they needed to in fear of being arrested or having their babies taken.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
1st Jun '13

Well I don't see how it could be made illegal because it happens accidentally. Personally I think it's irresponsible and would never do it, but I mean if someone wants to pop out their kid in a creek medieval style, I say go for it.

Severus Snape 2 kids; Tennessee 3550 posts
1st Jun '13

I don't think it's illegal or should be illegal but it's certainly nothing I would want to try. Even in a perfectly healthy pregnancy, things go wrong and emergencies happen. I would never be able to forgive myself if something went wrong... Just seems like a big risk to take if you don't have to.

C.K.I Due September 10 (girl); 2 kids; Texas 13314 posts
1st Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Severus Snape:</b>" I don't think it's illegal or should be illegal but it's certainly nothing I would want to try. Even ... [snip!] ... I would never be able to forgive myself if something went wrong... Just seems like a big risk to take if you don't have to."</blockquote>



I believe that some emergencies do happen, but if you are well prepared they can be dealt with in a lot of cases. I want to have a UC, it's something that is weighing heavily on me with this pregnancy. I just don't know for sure yet.. I am going to rent a doppler for the last month, and buy an oxygen bag, take a cpr class, buy herbs that can help in case of hemmorhage (supposedly eating a piece of placenta helps that.) There is no way to have a risk-free delivery, even in the hospital. Accidents happen and babies/moms die...even in a hospital.

Severus Snape 2 kids; Tennessee 3550 posts
1st Jun '13
Quoting C&K:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Severus Snape:</b>" I don't think it's illegal or should be ... [snip!] ... There is no way to have a risk-free delivery, even in the hospital. Accidents happen and babies/moms die...even in a hospital."


That's probably true. I know I personally would feel more comfortable with a midwife or in a hospital than trying to go it alone. But if someone feels confident enough to try a UC then I don't think it's anyone's place to tell them they can't.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
1st Jun '13

I don't really think its something you can make illegal ... a friend of mine's wife got up to go to the toilet at about 39 weeks and ended giving birth on the bathroom floor in like 15 mins.



Its not something I would ever plan to do ... I don't see what the problem with having a trusted midwife present is. I know people argue that its natural ... but culturally its not, midwives have been present at births for thousands of years. What's the harm in having a little help?

C.K.I Due September 10 (girl); 2 kids; Texas 13314 posts
1st Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Destiel:</b>" I don't really think its something you can make illegal ... a friend of mine's wife got up to go to the ... [snip!] ... but culturally its not, midwives have been present at births for thousands of years. What's the harm in having a little help?"</blockquote>




I would use a MW but I can't afford one and my insurance doesn't cover home births :(

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
1st Jun '13
Quoting C&K:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Destiel:</b>" I don't really think its something you can make ... [snip!] ... a little help?"</blockquote> I would use a MW but I can't afford one and my insurance doesn't cover home births :("


you have to pay for midwives?

C.K.I Due September 10 (girl); 2 kids; Texas 13314 posts
1st Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Destiel:</b>" you have to pay for midwives?"</blockquote>




Midwife care is covered but not for home birth and only CNMs.

Simply, Mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Upland, 11738 posts
2nd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting C&K:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Destiel:</b>" I don't really think its something you can make ... [snip!] ... a little help?"</blockquote> I would use a MW but I can't afford one and my insurance doesn't cover home births :("</blockquote>




Me too :'(



I am ttc this sept and I am so depressed when I think of going back to hell... I mean hospital.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
2nd Jun '13
Quoting C&K:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Destiel:</b>" you have to pay for midwives?"</blockquote> Midwife care is covered but not for home birth and only CNMs."


huh .... I live in a country with universal health care so this to me is a little odd.

Mrs.Dani Due July 3; 1 child; 3 angel babies; Oxnard, California 10272 posts
2nd Jun '13

I almost had an unassisted birth (Not planned) The paramedics arrived 5 minutes before my son was born. I believe it is the womans choice, if that is what she wants. But I don't think it is very smart.

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3473 posts
2nd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Destiel:</b>" I don't really think its something you can make illegal ... a friend of mine's wife got up to go to the ... [snip!] ... but culturally its not, midwives have been present at births for thousands of years. What's the harm in having a little help?"</blockquote>



Actually, having a UC is a cultural practice. For example, practiced by tribes in Africa.

~ Island ~ Phoenix ~ 2 kids; Brisbane, Australia 192 posts
11th Jun '13
Quoting Destiel:" huh .... I live in a country with universal health care so this to me is a little odd."


Even here you have to pay for a midwife to attend a home birth. Some friends of mine were considering it but couldn't come up with the $5,000 I think it was to have them there. I think it's in the same category as IVF and donating eggs.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
11th Jun '13
Quoting ~ Island ~ Phoenix ~:" Even here you have to pay for a midwife to attend a home birth. Some friends of mine were considering ... [snip!] ... couldn't come up with the $5,000 I think it was to have them there. I think it's in the same category as IVF and donating eggs."


Yeah I recently discovered that they were covered through HBF or something :)