First the AMA and now Dr. Phil: the attacks on a family’s right to chose a home birth never seem to end. As a mother who has birthed both of her children at home, neither of which were “normal” births, I find such negative campaigning disturbing and upsetting. Just as I won’t tell a woman what to do with her body after conception, I believe a woman has the right to birthing choices as well.
I’ve never been a fan of Dr. Phil. I feel sorry for the people who are so desperate for help that they air their problems on TV, thinking a talk show host will give them the solutions. I admit, I succumbed once hoping Dr. Phil could help potty train my son and watched his show, but as each child is unique. I had to wait for my child’s readiness. Now, Dr. Phil is seeking out guests to share home birth horror stories.
Did you have a child at your home?
Did you want to have a soothing experience where you were in control and could bond with your child?
Did it not go the way you planned?
Do you regret having a home birth?
Do you regret using a midwife instead of going to a hospital?
Did you have your second child the traditional way in a hospital?
If you or someone you know regrets having a home birth please tell us your story below.
Will Dr. Phil balance these negative stories on home births with positive stories? I doubt it; that might affect ratings. What about bad hospital births? Will this show be followed up with stories of guests who have had negative experiences giving birth in the “traditional way in a hospital”? I hate to break it to you Dr. Phil, the traditional way of birthing is at home. Hospital births are a modern technique.
As you might expect, I was first alerted to Dr. Phil’s plans by my midwife. Another midwife wrote:
They appear to be asking for midwife horror stories. I want to swamp him with stories about great experiences and for the midwives to write and tell their stories. I think it would really help for them to see how people really feel.
If you had home birth and believe in a family’s right to choose where and how they birth their children, please share your story with Dr. Phil. Maybe the media will realize there is more power in the positive. Let Dr. Phil know how you feel!
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