I can remember vividly the birth of my son because I was in labor for 23 hours. I had gone to my doctor’s office on Friday morning and I was checked and told to go home and come back if I experienced labor pains. My husband brought the car around to the front door of the hospital and I told him that I was hungry so we stopped by a fast food restaurant. While he was inside getting the food I was hit by a strong labor pain that knocked me out of the car seat. My husband came back to the car and I told him that I thought I needed to go back to the hospital immediately. I was checked in and I just knew that my son would be born within the hour. To my disappointment my son was not born until 23 hours later. I felt like I was in a torture chamber because the labor pains were consistently hard. I could not have anything to eat but my husband was served meals for lunch, dinner, and breakfast the next morning. He drifted off to sleep several times but I really couldn’t sleep because of the annoyance of labor pains. When I was finally rolled into the delivery room, the forceps broke when the doctor was trying to pull my son out and my bladder was ruptured. I ended up having a blood transfusion because of the injury. Three years later I have my daughter and I was in labor for only an hour. My son and daughter have grown up to be loving and caring people, and I will cherish them forever. My history let me know that birthing experiences can differ within the same family.
In the Netherlands Dutch women decide rather they want a home birth or a hospital birth and most of the women prefer home births (Schalken, 2013). They are also encouraged to obtain the services of a midwife because doctors only handle high risk pregnancies (Schalken, 2013). The use of epidurals (pain killers) is a rarity (Schalken, 2013). The mothers that do choose a hospital delivery barring any complications they are usually sent home after two hours (Schalken, 2013). The health insurance does cover the use a nurse to help the mother at home for seven days. The nurse takes care of the baby and also cleans the house and prepares meals (Schalken, 2013).
Schalken, L. (2013). Birth customs around the world. Parents, Retrieved from