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The safest place to be
Member Name: Carmenapril1
Advantages: In the unlikely event of anything going wrong, you are immediately taken care of
Disadvantages: Ok, it's nowhere near as cosy as home
I would always opt to give birth in a hospital. Having sadly lost my 2nd child at 28 weeks pregnant and being a member of SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society), you realise not every pregnancy ends happily sadly. Therefore to me it makes perfect sense to place myself in the care of healthcare professionals in a hospital environment so that in the unlikely event something should go wrong, you are there and don't need to be driven for half an hr in an ambulance. I apologise if this seems like a very negative way to look at things, but sadly 17 families a day lose a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth and so this has changed my rose tinted view of pregnancy somewhat. Even during my first pregnancy, I was relieved to be in hospital as having had no sleep for 3 nights the pain was too much for me, so I had an epidural - something I wouldn't have been able to have at home (although I must admit the idea of a birthing pool at home did sound wonderful!) But equally, for a more relaxing experience, they are able to offer so many things in hospitals these days. When I knew my 2nd baby had died and had to go in to have my little girl, I was even massaged with lavender oil and they had frankincense sticks which I inhaled to help deal with the pain, so as long as you ask in advance (and of course as long as they have the facilities), birth in a hospital can be quite a chilled out experience.
Summary: For me, it would be birth in a hospital every time
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