10,657 Babies Will Be Born Today

Birth. It’s a normal, natural part of life. So why is birth always such a hot topic?  The controversy has to do with both the safety of homebirth versus hospital birth and the incredibly high cesarean section (c-section) rate in the US. It is about a woman’s right to choose to have birth the way she feels is best for her and her baby.

Two events have been come to my attention recently concerning childbirth. In 2006, a woman in New Jersey refused to consent to a c-section while she was in labor, and this began a series of events leading to the termination of her parental rights. The second occurrence was when popular blogger Heather Armstrong started a series of posts about the birth of her daughter Marlo, where at 30 weeks pregnant she started considering natural childbirth. I will explore both of these stories in future posts.

This is the first in a series of posts on the debate over birth in America. They will focus on a woman’s right choose her birth and the choices she can make. In recent times natural childbirth occurred in only a minority of births and homebirth accounted for only 1% of the births in the US. I’m hoping to shed more light on this topic because I feel it is important choice women have but may not be well educated about. If this topic is challenging for you or you do not agree with natural childbirth, I encourage you to follow along, keep an open mind, and leave constructive comments regarding your opinion. We may both learn something!


Abby, birthed at home

3 Replies to “10,657 Babies Will Be Born Today”

  1. Just found your site via Twitter, love it! We have a lot in common 🙂 I also blog about natural birth, breastfeeding, and a greener life.
    I had my son without drugs and chose to have as little interference as possible in the hospital. I was only there for 20 minutes before L was born, so they couldn’t do much to me 🙂 The next one would be a home birth for sure, I’d love a water birth.


  2. That sounds awesome, can not wait to read! People have asked me multiple times “how” I had my daughter and the first few times I was like dude if you do not know how a baby is born you need to go back to sophomore health, but then I wised up. Now depending on who it is we may discuss birth options, or I may say politely that they should mind their own beeswax.

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