Is home-birthing as "chique" as homeschooling?Submitted by OnwardUpward on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 21:20
There's now and for some time been such a developed, multi-faceted, and refined movement for homeschooling, complete with state law support. Most people dream of having the means for staying at home to school their kids.
However, why isn't home-birthing as hot of a concept? If a woman was likely to have a vaginal birth and a midwife and other medical friends were available, having a child outside of a hospital has the advantages of absolutely no unwanted inoculations, no blood taken at birth for state purposes, no quasi-legal interactions between hospital staff and law enforcement (I'm talking about informal welfare checks and record keeping that the hospital does on the parents). None of that.
Is it simply too unsafe and therefore no one wants to do it? I can understand pregnancies where the parents already know beforehand that it's going to be a potentially complicated birth. But what about the other cases?