I'm from Australia- we have a good (but not perfect) public healthcare system, and we also have access to private healthcare too.
LMX3- I think you asked some valid questions, which some people wouldn't know to ask... so don't stress. Some times the answers are obvious to others and not so obvious to others, but also with the different countries... but also different policies our individual hospitals have, it's hard to know the 'method of attack' (probably not the best words to use), when problems arrise.
Alsestis- I realise that in America the healthcare system (or lack there of) is not as patient friendly as ones in other countries... which is probably the biggest reason why we don't fully get your beliefs and intentions...
All last night I was trying to imagine myself in the position of having to birth at home, and trying to find the positives... and trying to look at things in the way you have described your situations... I really struggled... I guess having had easy but quick births... My main worry is not having someone with me if my body is telling me to push without alot of warning. (Arg imagine having to call on my neighbour- my hubby's macho cousin! LOL that'd be a laugh! all because my husband wont be home for atleast 30mins!).
Out of curiousity (as I know you are completely keen on birthing at home)... are there midwifery clinics in america? Where you birth at the clinic, but they have access to 'the gear, and the doctors' if something happens that's unforeseen? But other then that, they don't intervene other then with natural therapies (oils, lighting, massage etc)
And when you are talking about being hooked up to a monitor... do you mean the fetal monitor that straps around your belly to monitor for fetal distress and contractions? Cos I really quite like being on those... lol... but then I don't get stuck to them for ages, it's jsut for a short time.
And what sort of rights do you have as a patient to refuse interventions?
I'm a registered nurse you see... and in my hospital (public hospital, I don't work in maternity or kids... arg).... but the policy clearly says that patients have the right to refuse, unless they are deemed as unable to make good decisions... which is generally the case with dementia, and some mental health patients- extreme cases. We also have paperwork that can be done prior to a patient getting to that point, as in the case of early dementia they may choose to make medical descisions (for the 'what if's??') before they happen or are even foreseen.
The reason I mention this.... is I wonder is there is some policy that over-rides a womans descisions while she's in labour... if her decision making faculties aren't the best. (I had a few friends that lost complete control during their labours, they birthed vaginally, complication free, they just couldn't handle the pain. In my first labour they said "the cords around his neck"... but I didn't register the concern until a few days later when i realised that they said it. Like I suppose the birthing plan to create of the ideal situation... and then have it written that if ... was to happen you would like this intervention....? Just a thought. It'd be interesting to get your hands on some of the hospital policies too... esp a patients right to refusal of treatment.
In Australia, they are very pro-natural birth... and they do tend to leave some women go alot longer then i think is neccesary. They are also anti-drugs... so if you were to want pain relief, you need to make it clear with your birthing persons prior that if you ask for it, they better give it to you. lol. I'm pro-pain relief- if you need it (I didn't need it last time).
Oh I can't remember who it was... Queenie??? but THANKYOU for mentioning a credible source (WHO)... too many people fly statistics and research information on here that isn't credible... I think you'd agree that you can find research to support almost any opinion.... doesn't mean it was good research. I didn't check your source, I was just happy to see someone mention a decent medical governing authority. lol.
Also (FRIGGEN LONG POST I KNOW) Can anyone else posting in this forum please start with what country they are from and whether or not you have a decent public healthcare system?