I live in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and after two miscarriages I am now pregnant for the third time and.. I just entered my second trimester. If I hadn't seen The Business of Being born two/three years ago I probably would still have thought that a hospital birth is safest. The documentary opened my eyes and because of that I was able to educate myself the last couple of years abouth pregnancy and chilbirth. I am so grateful that I can put it to use now!!!
Here in the Netherlands we have many options. Home births are more common that anywhere else in the world I think? Even though the general vision towards birth is so wide and open minded, the protocols in our hospitals are similar to the ones in the USA. Because of that I knew going into this pregnancy that a hospital birth does not have my preference anymore. I thought a home birth or a birth center would be the best for me. Thanks to My Best Birth ( I have just read it) I found out that birth centers that are placed within the hospital have the same protocols as the hospital they are a part of. Again, I am so so grateful for that information.
I now realy wish to have a home birth. If I for any reason don't feel comfortable at home I will always have a freestanding birth center nearby that my midwife will open in March.
Ricky and Abby, God bless you. Forever grateful!