Hospitals are made for sick people. Pregnancy is not an illness.
Almost every woman who walks into a hospital today is faced with acquiescing to hospital policies – or suffering the contempt and fear that accompanies her refusal to “comply.” Women get any number of excuses when they ask (rather than demand or simply decide) to birth naturally: We’ve never done it that way; we tried it once and it didn’t work out; you won’t make it and you’ll be begging us for help before it’s over; it’s not our responsibility; you’ll disturb other patients . . .
People have been being born for as long as there have been people. Many objections to homebirths, or even natural births that take place in hospitals, cite misinformation or throw around fear and shaming emotional ammunition.
In cultures where the process of birth is trusted and respected, in places where pregnancy is not feared, in women who see themselves and the their bodies as sacred and trustworthy, birth happens naturally, easily, joyfully, and even pleasurably.
Our bodies are not broken. Our ancestresses upon ancestresses have known how to birth naturally and successfully, or else we would not be here. Trust your body, trust your birthing.