I received some encouraging feedback after posting my birth story. It led me to write a more detailed post about some of the reasons that we decided to birth at home. It’s hard to summarize such a complicated and emotionally-inspired topic, but here are some preliminary thoughts…
Why We Chose a Homebirth
I wasn’t always comfortable with the idea of birth. Like many, I was indoctrinated into a culture that presents birth as something painful, terrifying, and prone to disaster.
I closed my eyes when we were shown a video of a hospital birth in 8th grade health class.
I remember another teacher returning after maternity leave and explaining that, “No, birth was not fun, it was like pushing a watermelon through a donut hole.” I tried to imagine this, but the donut always fell apart…
I thought I probably would not have children as a young adult. If I wanted kids, maybe I would adopt. Having babies naturally seemed like it was just too much to handle.
Until I thought about getting pregnant myself, I don’t think I had ever heard a single positive birth story.
And then I watched “The Business of Being Born”. The scene of a woman swaying in water, her older child and husband standing nearby, is still fresh in my mind. Suddenly, without any sound, without any indication of anything really, she reaches down and pulls up her baby. My mind was blown. Birth did not have to hurt. And certainly birth did not have to be traumatic! Continue reading