Why I May Choose A Home Birth
Brian and I interviewed our first home birth midwife on Tuesday. Just part of a journey to figure out where I’m going to give birth and who’s going to attend the birth.
I can’t believe I’m in my 10th week of pregnancy and haven’t settled on anything yet. It feels strange. Nobody’s stuck a needle in me to draw vials of blood, no one’s taken my blood pressure, we haven’t yet heard the heartbeat for the first time…
I had the same OB for my first two babies and gave birth at the same hospital. My OB was unbelievably supportive of natural childbirth. She spent more time than she ‘should’ have at our appointments…sometimes up to an hour even though we were only slotted for 10 or 15 minutes. I didn’t have to ‘fight’ for a natural birth at the hospital. Everything in my birth plan was honored.
She moved away last year. So here I am on my quest to figure out something different.
There aren’t any other OB’s that deliver at the same hospital that would be as supportive as she was. I don’t need that stress. So that hospital is out of the question. And so is the other one that is local to me, for the same reason.
The only doctor I would choose to go to delivers at a hospital that is about 30 minutes from our house. I didn’t like the 10 minute ride to the hospital while I was in labor last time. Not really wanting to be in a car for any longer (or at all) while I’m in labor this time around.
Another option…the free standing birth center…then again, it’s at least 30 minutes away.
So my options dwindle.
don’t like HATE being in the hospital. A place filled with sick people. I don’t like people poking their heads in my room on what seems to be an hourly basis. I don’t like breastfeeding charts. I know what I’m doing. I don’t need a nurse to make sure I’m recording every three-minute interval of nursing, including which side it was. I don’t want my husband sleeping in an uncomfortable chair/bed. I want him in bed with me.
In the last four years, I’ve done A LOT of research on birth and pregnancy. I’ve been fascinated by The Business of Being Born, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, The Birth Book by Dr. Sears and have done countless hours of research on the internet. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to give birth in my home.
My (sentimental) husband’s biggest fear…That he won’t ever be able to sell our house if I birth one of our babies in it.
Stay tuned to see how this all turns out.