I attended a doula workshop on VBAC this weekend. This excerpt from Dutch professor of obstetrics G. Kloosterman really made sense to me:
Spontaneous labour in a normal woman is an event marked by a number of processes so complicated and so perfectly attuned to each other that any interference will only detract from the optimal character. The only thing required from the bystanders is that they show respect for this awe-inspiring process by complying with the first rule of medicine--nil nocere [Do no harm].
I personally believe that Western obstetrics could learn something from the Netherlands’ model of care since they have one of the highest percentages of home births and one of the lowest percentages of C-section rates and perinatal and maternal mortality in the world.