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I would never be comfortable without a trained professional. I don't really understand the desire to birth without a trained professional. I don't judge it at all, I just don't understand it. I think if I wanted one, I could handle a "midwife hangs out upstairs" and only comes down in an emergency arrangement, but there's just so much more that my midwife who's been in practice 17 years knows than I do.
But I draw the line at voting, "A midwife or Dr should always be present." Because someone could easily amend that thinking to "A Dr should always be present" and I totally support a woman's right to choose her birth setting and professionals.
If you feel you can do it and have enough knowledge then I see nothing wrong with it! If midwifery/homebirthing ever becomes illegal or we move to a state were it is I'd rather have an UC than be in the hospital
I think a woman's body is amazing! I also think it ranks up there with its a woman's choice for birth. (i voted undecided because I didn't know if you wanted what I think is ok for women or what *I* would do). I personally would need someone there with me and DH...even as a nurse I know I may have the training but I don't believe my hormones/emotions would allow me to be a clear thinker about whats going on--even with my amazing body!
I voted undecided for myself. I believe that if you have the confidence and the will to do it, then great! If you believe in yourself and your body, then I think UC's are just fine.
I personally could not do it. Having one previous c-section, that has left me slightly scared. I'd have to have someone there for my own comfort who could handle the emergency situation if it arose. I know I would not be able to.