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Dad can watch it all from his own couch via Skype. I'm thinking more along the lines of dad delivering and siblings helping out.
I'm all for the father staying home for the birth - I mean we can Skype these kind of events these days, right?
I'm for home births, though I was too chicken to do it myself, and especially doctors working with midwives or standing by - but, and maybe things have changed, at one time doctors in Victoria refused to work with someone who was planning a home birth. Many of those moms had to go to Houston for their check-ups and prenatal care. I'll go pass around your number. Find the midwife for the Amish community...
I know someone who planned a home birth and for whatever reason ended up without a midwife. She told me that her instincts kicked in and she knew exactly what to do - delivery and all. I find that fascinating! I wonder what all other instincts we tune out because of fear or modern technology or dependence on ohers. Now, I'm not saying that you shouldn't have a backup plan in case something goes wrong, like another home-birther (see why Mike confuses me so) I know. The stories these women and midwives have are fascinating! Because I hear that the most uncomfortable and unnatural position to give birth is to be ON YOUR BACK. Look into birthing pools - that's one of the most popular methods, I think. Yeah, I've seen home-birthers proudly announce, "My birthing pool arrived today!"
Although we did not choose this method, 2 of the 3 of our were C-section, I do respect the mother's decision to have a home birth.