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I have been Doula for several clients, but my first birth to attend, was with my oldest sister when she gave birth to her first, my niece. It was soooo amazing! It was a very long (36 hours), complicated home birth, but I was so touched by the whole experiences! It was empowering to say the least! Almost as if I thought to myself, if she can make it through this, I can too! and I knew from then on, that natural childbirth (and home birth if possible) was the only way for me!
I did, and it shook my faith in birth completely. My own daughter's birth was hard enough, but I could write it off as pure bad luck. Watching my best friend do everything right and be in so much pain for so long and end up in the hospital....it made me question everything I believe about birth, especially when I consider her birth and mine together.
No, I never have. I don't know if I would want to attend a hospital birth though (unless it were my best friend or SIL), I would probably end up getting upset about interventions being pushed or if the mom hadn't bothered to research beforehand.
No but I was present for my friends c/s and I think that had a definite effect on my choice to vbac and to make sure I do it at home. I suggest that all first time moms get to watch a c/s and then see how they feel about all of those "un" necessary interventions.
No I haven't. I think it would be a really cool experience. But I agree with some PP, that if it was a hospital birth where interventions were getting used I might have a hard time with it. If it was my sister then I would be there anyway though, to support her as long as she wanted me there.