Following on from my earlier blog....Freebirth seems to be reaching epidemic concern - this article "Pregnant women are opting for risky 'freebirths' in the UK Telegraph states that
Advocates of the freebirth approach claim that it is "more natural" than giving birth surrounded by midwives and doctors. It would usually take place at home.
Freebirth involves giving birth without medical assistance, which has led to concerns that women could find themselves in dangerous situations if something goes wrong.
The Royal College of Midwives suggest that
Mothers-to-be are making the radical choice because ministers have failed to deliver their pledge to let them have their babies where they want.
Some women aren't certain about homebirths and others want them but the service can't provide..... "The worry is that women will do it themselves. If you're not offering women choice then that is the danger."
I have noticed over the last 6 months that the topic of Freebirth has become more topical and anecdoteally there have been a number of women choosing this option.
Freebirthing is a trend that is becoming increasingly popular in America. It is not known how many freebirths take place in Britain or Australia, however it is becoming of concern. Off course America's Medical Association (AMA)adopted a resolution at its annual meeting last weekend (June 08) to introduce legislation outlawing home birth -
"It's unclear what penalties the AMA will seek to impose on women who choose to give birth at home, either for religious, cultural or financial reasons-or just because they didn't make it to the hospital in time," said Susan Jenkins, Legal Counsel for The Big Push for Midwives 2008 campaign. "What we do know, however, is that any state that enacts such a law will immediately find itself in court, since a law dictating where a woman must give birth would be a clear violation of fundamental rights to privacy and other freedoms currently protected by the U.S. Constitution."
This is an interesting concept happening in America, apparently this motion is a swipe at Ricki Lakes documentary The Business of being Born on homebirth - The Big Push for Midwives are an organisation of midwives fighting for the rights of midwives and women. "Our goals are to fully integrate the Midwives Model of Care into the health care systems of our states, to highlight the importance of family health care choices and to defend the ability of CPMs to provide legal and safe prenatal, birth and postpartum care to families in every state".
It does seem to be a worldwide trend that midwives and women are constantly fighting for the right to choose the model of care and birth they want. Why is this so difficult? This is the 21st century, we as women have the right to autonomy, the right to choose whatever model of care we desire.
It is interesting to note that America is pro-fetus, Britain pro-woman, Australia & New Zealand have not had many test cases, but tends to follow the UK, however can be swayed by the USA.
I am so pleased I do not live in America.
If you know any freebirth stories please share them.