Commentary: From Hospital Deliveries to Home Birth
Abstract:Working in a busy labor/delivery unit gave me insight into the care that my Lamaze childbirth education students would encounter. I was troubled by the number of interventions taking place. The interventions interfered with a woman's ability to work with her labor; some interventions were actually creating problems or even crises. My experiences at this hospital motivated me to become involved with home birth, restoring my belief that birth is a normal process.
Document Type: Miscellaneous
Affiliations: CAROL VAN DER WOUDE is past president of the Northern Illinois chapter of Lamaze International and currently teaches independent Lamaze childbirth education classes. She is employed by a home care nursing agency in association with Homefirst® Health Services (physician-attended home births) in Illinois.
Publication date: July 1, 2001
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