Good on you James and Kimberley Van Der Beek!

Who's choice is it anyway? This was the question that came to my mind, after reading this article: James Van Der Beek’s Wife’s Scary Home Birth Wasn’t Worth the Risk (yes I was a Dawsons Creek fan and that's what caught my eye initially).

In today's world everyone seems to have an opinion of everything a pregnant Mum is supposed to do:

Eat this!

Don't eat that!

Sport is dangerous!

What annoyed me about this article is that here is a woman who instead of congratulating Kimberley (for the amazing feat that she performed especially in modern society) is busy questioning whether she should have the right to choose to birth where she wants.

I think it's time women starting working together, to support each others birth choices. According to Freedom for Birth:

"In many countries around the world, women are being denied the most basic human right of autonomy over their own bodies. They cannot choose how and where to give birth. Those that persist in their desire to have a normal, physiological birth are sometimes forced by judges to surrender to surgery or threatened with having their babies taken away by child welfare services.

In many countries, if a woman wants to have a home birth supported by a midwife, those midwives face criminal prosecution. Some midwives, like Ágnes Geréb in Hungary, are even imprisoned. Freedom for Birth calls for radical reform to the world’s maternity systems so that these Human Rights violations stop and women are afforded real choice as to how and where they give birth."

If you missed out on seeing Freedom for Birth, the free web version will be available in a week or so here: http://www.oneworldbirth.net/

As for Kimberley I loved what she had to say after her breech birth helped by a supportive Doctor (and I couldn't have said it better):

"I truly believe a woman should be able to plan to birth where and how she is most comfortable. In order to make such a decision, it’s crucial to have options."

As your doula I believe that this is your birth and it's your choice, and there should always be options...

Love Kelly

PS: Do you agree?