that's fairly appalling. I was just reading last night in Marsden Wagner's book "Born in the USA" that hospital statistics are based entirely on the medical model. To quote WHO, "By medicalizing birth, that is by separating the woman from her own environment and surrounding her with strange people using strange machines to do strange things to her, the woman's state of mind and body are so altered that her way of carrying through this intimate act must also be altered. It is no possible for obstetricians to know what births would have been like before these manipulations - they have no idea what non-medicalized birth is. The entire modern published literature in obstetrics is based on observation of medicalized birth." (60)
Oh, and I especially loved this part of the article about the risks of prolonged childbirth, LMAO.
"Among them is the risk of damage to the musculature of the pelvic floor if women strain too long, says Sehdev. When those muscles are damaged, it weakens the moorings that hold the uterus, the bladder and the bowels in place. The impact of that may not be seen till women hit their 50s and 60s, when the organs can unexpectedly drop down into the vaginal canal."
In reality, most pelvic floor damage is done in hospital when coached, hold your breath pushing is the norm, in addition to lithotomy position and the ever enduring episiotomy. At home, pushing when you want to pushing, breathing your babies head out to avoid tears, and positioned any which way, these are the antithesis of pelvic damage in labor.
Hmm. Well, choice is choice, and all couples should be able to assess the risks and choose to bring their child in to the world the way they see fit. I only hope that we aren't counting cases like these in statistics for homebirth in general. IMO the risks are different when birthing with a professional at home and I would not want someone's decision to decline professional help, to aid in the argument that home birth is dangerous.
Also, like I said above, if you accurately asses the risks you are taking in ANY situation, than you can make the best possible decision. My other issue with this being publicized is that we are a species that follows. I hate the idea of someone reading the article, and then deciding that it's for them, without doing any of the homework to be sure that they are prepared for the particular risk they are choosing. This is how ALL decisions(but in this case birth decisions) should be made. We have to decide the consequences that we are potentially willing to live with, and I've seen many people blindly follow things like this without knowing why.
Congratulations to the couple on their healthy birth and baby though!