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We need to see more news stories about birthing options like this. Whether you personally select a drug-free birth or not, there is still a need to inform women of the choices available to them. The current pregnancy management philosophy of the ACOG/medical community does not thoroughly discuss all birthing options for healthy women and their unborn babies and access to midwives with this knowledge is often limited. So I applaud the UCSD medical center for bringing together the best of both worlds. What better place for natural birth and offering the accessibility to medical treatment if needed.
This discussion should focus on choice and education-- not on whether non-medicated births are appropriate for all mothers. I have personally experienced a drug-free labor process and support other women who focus on the human body's natural balance. But I also understand women's concerns about the expected pain of childbirth. While I had a positive experience at a hospital known for birthing babies, I may consider the birthing center at UCSD the next time around.
October 16, 2009 at 12:19 p.m.
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