I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want my birth experience to be like. At this point in time, Greg and I are pretty sure that this will be our one and only baby, so I want the day to be as special and meaningful as it can possibly be. (Sorry future additional kid if you are reading this. We clearly changed our minds - LOVE YOU).
In talking with friends of mine, watching a few documentaries and doing quite a bit of reading, I've come to the conclusion that the place where I would be the MOST comfortable having this baby, would be in the privacy of our home. I know it might sound a bit crazy, but hear me out:
1) I am a big fan of taking baths. I actually take them daily before showering - Greg thinks I'm a weirdo, but I've always been into bathing :) I figure what better way to bring this baby into the world than the place where I spend a significant amount of time?
2) A lot of the techniques that I have learned in yoga will come in very handy when having a natural birth at home. I have learned to breathe through pain and to welcome physical discomfort knowing that with pain comes growth.
3) I want to have this baby naturally, without the temptation of an epidural, and by being at home rather than in a hospital, it would be a lot easier to resist.
We are pretty excited about our choice and are now looking into finding a midwife who would help us through the process! I will keep you posted as things move along!
I wonder if I even fooled anyone with that joke? I had to give it a try! Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am all about avoiding as much pain as I possibly can. No judgment to the women who have attempted or had a home birth, but that is just not my path :)
Bring on the hospital and bring on the drugs! :)