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Accidental Hospital Births

Maybe some midwives are acting on auto-pilot when they ask a woman planning a homebirth to "just come in to be checked", or maybe they are hoping that a hospital birth will "accidentally" happen. Either way, if it is important to you to have your baby in your own environment, you do need to think carefully about attending any hospital appointment in late pregnancy if there is any chance that you might be in labour.

It can be very hard to assert yourself and go home when there is explicit, and implicit, pressure on you to "help everyone out" by just staying put. Remember that you planned a homebirth for a reason - it presumably wasn't just a random, spur-of-the-moment whim. You have the rest of your life to be a "good girl", to be cooperative, to "help everyone out", to avoid making things difficult to people - if that sort of thing appeals! But you will only have this baby once; you don't need to feel guilty about doing what's right for your family.

Birth stories - Accidental Hospital Births, and Near Misses


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