Home Births

Oh yes, they\’re safe.

A baby who was born clinically dead has amazed doctors with his recovery.

Oscar Rose\’s heart stopped beating and his organs began to shut down, so his mother was given an emergency caesarean section. It took eight minutes for doctors to resuscitate Oscar, who then spent nine days in intensive care, with his family convinced that he would be brain damaged.

But he has made a full recovery and is back at home with mother, Lucy Allen, father, Stephen Rose, and stepsister Ella, 12.

Miss Allen, 38, said: "When we got into delivery, the midwife couldn\’t find a heartbeat. After that it all happened so fast.

"Suddenly, a dozen people were there and I went off on a trolley. The last thing I heard before they put me to sleep was that there was no heartbeat detected."

See, no need to have a baby in a hospital, no need to get involved in all that technology and patriarchal control. All you need is youself, the midwife and deep breathing.

6 comments on “Home Births

  1. This is exactly the bansturbator’s attitude — one case way off the mean used as a stick to beat everyone with. Like everything else in life, childbirth has risks — but being a home birth didn’t do my little brother any harm.

    Tim adds: Didn’t do my brother any harm, either. Would have killed me.

  2. I was born at home, but then again that is like saying “I drive without a safety belt…”

    Fact is the baby has no choice, but I think the little mite would appreciate all the chances available, for what is their sole purpose but to LIVE?

    Luckily we have a calm birthing centre on one floor and the full OBS-GYN crew upstairs.

    If the midwife tries to deny my wife medical intervention if things go pear-shaped, prepare to witness a repeat of what happened to Nurse Ratched…

  3. Remarkable recovery, agreed and well done the obs team. But would you have all prospective mothers marched into socialised wards? The treatment recieved out here in Belgium on the ward was a disgrace and almost lead to the loss of a child. Whereas the home birth of a former was a far happier experience all round. That was after a threat from the gyny to take us to court for ‘attempted child abuse’ for even considering the home birth option.

  4. Tricky one. There is no doubt that the standard of delivery services in the NHS, particularly in West London, is patchy at best. When it’s good it’s World class, when it’s bad it kills mothers and babies, see Northwick Park for example.

    On the other hand the whole home birth thing is part of this if it’s natural it must be best. Bollocks. Historically natural childbirth has killed countless mothers and babies, returning to that is madness. As the age of expectant mothers is rising on average, the risk of complications increases, making hospital delivery by far the preferred option.

    Give people the choice, but make them aware of the consequences. Even given the appalling mismanagement of the NHS by the current bunch of idiots running the country, you’re still better off giving birth there.

    Pretty typical of how this country is getting it’s medical messages almost entirely 180 degrees off beam at the moment. We’re trying to encourage one of the most dangerous activities to take place at home, whilst at the same time harassing people harmlessly having a tipple in the same place.

    Oh, for some sensible government.

  5. The claim of homebirth advocates is that the mother is much less stressed during the birth if she is on familiar ground. They claim that many of the problems that require medical intervention during a hospital birth are caused by the mother being under stress because she’s in a hospital.

    There’s probably some truth in that. Equally, the claim of those opposed to homebirth is that there are mothers and/or foeti with problems that will require emergency c-sections, neonatal intensive care and so on, that these things don’t do you any good if they’re in a hospital half an hour’s drive away, and that there is no way of distinguishing this group of mothers from the “safe” group.

    There’s probably some truth in that, too. There are published studies that support both positions, but to an outsider, these studies seem to have the same problem as most of the climate change studies – they appear to be studies designed to support the author’s preferred viewpoint, rather than studies to try and find out what the answer is.

    I’m happy to leave the choice to the parents – that’s why they’re parents.

    As for what the NHS should pay for, that’s quite straightforward. NICE has its QALY scheme. A baby might expect to live 80 years at, I think, 30,000 quid a year (I think that’s the QALY number), so if 80 * 30,000 * (probability of death in home birth) is more than the extra cost of a hospital birth, the NHS can offer a hospital birth.

    End of story, surely?

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