Home birth. People choose it for different reasons. It runs in some families, some turn to it after having their first birth at the hospital, others find out about this option with their first child, etc. I had my first at the hospital. My second was a home birth.
It is MY personal story, MY opinion and MY experience. I am not telling it to upset or judge anyone. I am sharing it because I want to let others know that there is this option not many even consider.
I had a doula. Found her through DONA she became a good family friend by now. She was present when both my kids entered this world, and I can tell you that my experience without her would have been much different, and not in a good way. What she helped me with the most? Easing the pain from my contractions; she knew exactly where to press, for how long, and exactly how strong. If you’re not sold on other benefits of having a doula, hire for the PAIN if nothing else. They make a HUGE difference. Take my word for it!
“The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Ina May Gaskin was a revelation to me before I had my first child. We are fooled to believe that women can not birth their children on their own terms, that we are not capable to do it naturally with no interference and no pressure. You can and you will if you believe in yourself and are strong enough to fight for the birth you want. I did it both times naturally, first with some unwanted pressure at the hospital, and second time at home. I am not crazy, I just wanted what was best for my babies and myself. Do some research, you will be pleasantly surprised.
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