We’re given the impression that we have lots of choice when it comes to giving birth, but in actual fact we can be encouraged or even bullied into something we don’t want to do or feel comfortable doing.
I thought living in London I would have more choice, but its maternity services are stretched almost to breaking point. According to the National Childbirth Trust, just over a mere 7% of women in London give birth how they want and where they want. You wonder what the point is in writing up a birth plan when it often barely gets a glance from the professionals taking care of you.
However, it surprised me to read that there is a growing number of women who are choosing to give birth at home… give birth unaided at home. A serious breach of trust has happened if women are preferring to do it alone.