Really, Connie? My boys were born in the early 1990s and I did not have any choices – I gave birth on the bed the traditional way. Hospitals have their liability issues and don’t allow women to choose how they want to give birth – the bed is the only safest place as far as they are concerned. The only choice I was given was whether I want natural childbirth or be given drugs. My husband was in the room with me which was not allowed in the earlier times. I took birth classes which were not offered in the earlier times either and my husband went with me. Now, if the women want choices in how to give birth, they need to go to the birthing centers where the midwives are or do it at home – both at their own risks because midwives are not certified to practice medicine – only in assisting births so I would say the birthing center is safer than at home because if something goes wrong, they can call an ambulance immediately and the mother can be moved to the hospital quicker than at home as these centers are usually in building annexes around the hospitals. And then there is the insurance… the majority of insurances don’t cover home or midwife births so the majority of women continue to give birth in hospitals on their backs in beds.