For real people making real choices, let’s open up the discussion with compassion instead of trying to choke it to death.
Transparency and collaboration can make birth safer in all of these settings, but it can’t happen in a hostile environment. If we can let go of our own biases of where women “should” give birth, maybe we can start making birth safer in all of those locations.” A recent study has taken another look at the safety of home birth, and the responses from people who follow these things have fallen into two predictable camps: The study shows that home births are safe and the study shows that home births are dangerous. A third, more nuanced way of thinking serves both mothers and babies better. Improving Birth’s article takes the opposition out of the conversation. http://www.improvingbirth.org/