When Roopa Sajwan, a 43-year-old Delhi-based entrepreneur, was pregnant with her second child three years ago, she was staunchly against the idea of giving birth at a hospital. All she wanted was a natural birth with minimum intervention from outside.
That, she says, led to the most peaceful labour and delivery experience she could have asked for. She delivered her child in all fours – a version of a squatting birth.
But why would a woman in the 21st century opt for home births or delivering at birthing centres, especially if and when she can afford the best of medical facilities.
For Sajwan, it was about trauma.