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My mom had home births and has always encouraged my sisters and I to do it too. When I was pregnant with my first, there were no advertising midwives, and it was not legal in Missouri so I didn't think I had an option. After a horrible hospital experience, and midwifery becoming legal in MO, I decided to start looking around. I'm very excited, yet nervous at the same time! I plan on taking a home birth specific birthing class, and I think that will help.
DH and I were WTTC for years so I took that time to do a lot of research on pregnancy and birth. After a lot of reading and lurking on message boards I began to really question the medical model of care for pregnant women and newborns. When I did become pregnant I immediately contacted a home birth midwife and had went on to have a perfect pregnancy and home birth.
I had been thinking about it for a few years before we even got pregnant! lol I asked my hubby what he thought about it then and at the time he kind of gave me a look like this and said "I think at least for the first we should do it at the hospital..." lol then a few months before I was pregnant we watched the business of being born and we talked about home birth again... he was for it this time! lol but I love the fact that with a home birth you are in tune with your body! and let your body do what it knows how to do... and it makes me feel like we are treating our baby better...
In nursing school my maternal/newborn instructors were amazing and really turned on the light to what goes on in the hospital as apposed to how women have given birth for centuries. My husband and his brother were born at home so getting his support was easy, it was a little more difficult to convince my mom but being an "RN" helped prove I knew what I was choosing to do and that I was making an educated decision... such a bummer I had to pull that one so many times. I am excited to do it again and I hope to be involved in other home births throughout my life in some way. I think it is funny that people that "need" pain medications to get through labor and delivery think I am crazy, I think they are crazy and the ones that could use a little more information...
I had a traumatic hospital birth with my 3rd, I was planning to deliver him at a freestanding birth center but was told my insurance wouldn't cover it(when in fact they would). So when I got pregnant with our 4th I was determined to have a home birth so I could be more in charge of my care and my birth.
After our 2nd was born natural a light went on in my head and I knew there had to be a different way to do this, a more personal way after all there isnt much that is more personal than childbirth. I loved my homebirth and would do it again in a heartbeat.
It started because I didn't want a 4th c/s. I started doing research and found that a vaginal birth was a safer option than a repeat c/s. When I started trying to find a dr. who would be willing to take me as a patient, I was shot down. Thats when the home birth option came into play. I met with a midwife before we got pregnant and that sealed the deal for me. I'm SO glad that I chose to birth him at home. I loved every minute of it
I didn't appreciate my first birth. I didn't like the disconnection btween me and labor, and then me and my son. I didn't like all the things they did to him without my knowledge and I didn't like the lack of support.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella