Statistics Shmatistics…

Ever since I got involved in the childbirth community, I have noticed two things…

One… people who argue over home birth verses hospital birth will never back down from each other, and they will always insist they are right.

Two… there are statistics to backup any opinion or view point, and we recently saw this with the publications showing the Wax paper, a meta analysis insisting home birth is far more dangerous than hospital births to be inaccurate and biased.

But this is all besides the point. The point that I want to make with my post today is that all patients, meaning pregnant women deserve to make their own decisions when it comes to childbirth.

I am a large proponent of informed choice, as well as reproductive freedom which should also focus around childbirth options.  Heck, mainly childbirth options, although the other reproductive, and medical choices certainly are very important.

With new government laws popping up all over the United States on everything from abortion to home birth, this certainly is a time to stand up and lobby for choices.  Because we should be able to trust women to make their own informed choices when it comes to their pregnancy, and how they choose to give birth.

Whether a woman wants to give birth at home, or in a hospital her choice should not only be 100% legal, but it should be respected even by the biggest anti home birth advocates… Why?   Because by trying to scare, or bully women into birth choices they do not want, or wish to take part in… we only show a further lack of trust in women making informed choices, and treat them with the attitude of you aren’t smart enough to make your own birth choices, so others need to make them for you!

If you do not like home birth, or agree with it… simply don’t have one. Same goes for hospital births, abortion, tubal ligation, and so on.

Get it?

Trust women to make their own informed choices, period.   Because if we don’t trust our women… where does that leave us as a society?

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