My first son, Thadeus, was born on Dec 30, 2000 in a hospital after 26 hours of labor! My mother, aunt, and Doula were there for his birth. After about 23 hours of labor, I got an IV to "take the edge off". Thad weighed 8.13.
Willem was born on Sept 24, 2003. He was born in a birth center after 2 weeks of "silent labor" one night of spinning babies class and 28 hours of labor. my husband, doula and 2 mid wifes were there. His birth was all natural, and he was almost born in the water. Willy weighed 9 and a half pounds!
My opinion is that hospitals are for sick people. If you are a healthy woman, and the pregnancy is normal, there is no reason you should be in a hospital. If I had been more informed, I would have had Thad in a birth center, and that is why I started this community.
So, if you want to share your birth story or ask questions or just talk about pregnancy and birth, here is a place to do it! I hope everyone will have fun, and please respect everyone's opinions and ideas! Thank you!