We have 8 children, five were born at home. Rather than be numbed by the usual medical fear model, I would suggest that the canadian doc research the actual existant data regarding the impact of medicalized birth models on the huge increases in c section rates in the US and Israel. Although I would agree with you that Haaretz tends to be imbalanced in its reportage, and that the publication of a single anecdotal account could be misleading in many circumstances, this article provides a great public service by informing consumers of the medical danger that awaits them if they blithely waltz into the birthing hospital poorly informed and ill-prepared to advocate for their own interests. I believe the system is full of people who mean well. Unfortunately, they are captive to a model which views birth as a form of illness which needs to be managed by experts. But they fail even in the management task. It is a physiological fact that lying supine (on the back) is.the worst possible birthing position - yet the docs and midwives demand it because it supposedly makes their management job easier. Ditto re maternal state of mind. Dilation and even contractions can be halted by stress - yet, except for some blessed but rare exceptions, the birthing techs dont learn about this and do very little if anything to provide the woman with a feeling of safety/security - au contraire - what birthing woman will feel relaxed surrounded and also ignored by disinterested or harried staff, plugged into several instruments that require her to stay on her back and mostly immobile? For further reading I would recommend Magical Child by Joseph Chilton Pearce and everything by Dr Michel Odent.
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from the article: A mother's journey through Israel's failed birthing industry