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Monday Open Thread: Home Birth Summit Edition


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By ANaturalAdvocate

In an attempt to average a decent time for posting the open thread, today I’ll post it super early (which is not actually super early for us East Coasters at all).  


Because all open threads must have a funny…and I’m a nerd.


Today’s topic is: the Home Birth Summit! As some of you may know, I have been asked to attend the Home Birth Summit, taking place in October. 

There’s been a bit of controversy about the Summit, with some excited, some disparaging, and many just plain confused. 

So, I ask you today to share with me (in addition to anything else you’d like to share, of course), what your thoughts/concerns/hopes/anything are for the Home Birth Summit and those participating. 

If you haven’t heard of the Summit, or need a little more information, I recommend Rixa’s post here at Stand and Deliver, which has the most detailed information I’ve seen out thus far. 

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Reader Comments (6)

This falls under the "anything else you'd like to share". Because most of it is terrifying or gross.. especially the baby yoga and the "moobies":

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I saw the swinging-baby-"yoga" lady video a while back and horrified. I kept calling my husband over - "look what she's doing NOW! no REALLY!" I mean, my kids love rough-housing and all, but that's...yeah. On the other hand, if my husband could breastfeed, he's totally switching off night shifts. ;)

August 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterANaturalAdvocate

Tara, I was so excited to see the early morning thread! And then ran around all day, so thanks for the nudge. I'll have to read more about Summitgate and I'm excited you're going-- look forward to your recap. Cracked is hilarious-- I hadn't heard of the male nursing 'trend.' (how many hippies does it take to make a trend?) I wonder how they are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week.

In other news, I'm getting a promotion, yippee!

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rachel

Well I don't have any more horrifing baby-related images to splash on the front page... FOR NOW.

In the meantime, we can all get QR codes added to our gravestones:


So there's that.

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremjaybee

Another Rachel: Yay for promotions! Congrats!

Emjaybee: I would totally link my headstone QR to an inappropriate site.

August 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterANaturalAdvocate

Well Jill,

It's taken me awhile to think about this, but I'm very concerned that the outcome of this conference will be that HBAC and esp breech homebirth gets thrown under the bus. I really really really hope this doesn't happen. I think there needs to be consensus that a woman's choice of birth place (REGARDLESS of the risks) has to be respected...she has the right to make that decision. Even for a breech VBAC at home, which some would call reckless (and yet anyone making that decision would have weighed it carefully and be willing to transfer if things didn't progress and signs were bad, no doubt). Because if we limit the woman's say over her own body, then what's the point after all? We may as well just all lay down and have Padme Amidala births.

I do not like hospitals, and in general they are not for *me*. That being said, if things are not going well, I will seek help in spite of that, as my health and my baby's health trumps my wariness of that institution.

However, we need to realize that just as some women are safer in the hospital, some are safer at home, and it doesn't always have to do w/the normal risk factors such as having a scar, malposition, twins/singleton, etc....alot of it has to do with how safe the mother feels at either place, and that is just as important, and the feelings of the safety of one place relative to another will change if circumstances indicate they should (such as in my recent birth).

We also need to realize that bad things can happen...and we can't prevent them all. The very best way (IMO) to prevent the highest amount of bad outcomes is to work on the transfer situation, so that transferring patients and care providers are treated with respect and don't have to fear that they'd be bullied, have social services called, etc. The bullying and mistrust makes it more likely they will fail to transfer in adequate time. If we can work on that one part and get it down, it would almost be birth utopia.

And really, no one is going to lose THAT much market share to homebirthers, at least not in this generation...the epidural reigns.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
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