Last login: Monday, October 26, 2009
I see many comments here from people who don't have a lot of experience to back up their opinions. That's ok, I suppose, but arguments are much better made when they are well-founded.
I gave birth to my first son at UCSD Birthing Center, and I could not have been happier w/ the experience. I had been under the care of a 'traditional' Ob/Gyn, and when it came time to discuss the things *I* wanted for *my* birth, my doctor just wouldn't listen. So at 36-weeks pregnant, I switched over to the midwives at UCSD. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made.
I don't believe the article in any way stated that women who choose medication during birth are weaker than those of us who choose to deliver 'naturally.' I think the article simply stated that there are other options out there, and a local facility in San Diego has been providing those options for 10 years. They are to be congratulated.
One final comment for @Matthew, however - I am sorry your wife labored for 40 hours. I hope the outcome was a healthy baby and healthy mama.
But please understand, study after study indicates that women who are forced to lay on their backs, strapped to monitors, injected w/ "hormones" to speed up labor...these "interventions" are precisely why women end up laboring for so long, and ultimately land on an operating table.
Women need to be informed of ALL of their OPTIONS when planning their births.
UCSD does a great job of that. Congrats on 10 years!!
October 26, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.
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