Well, I have always wanted to do this and this seemed like a good time to do it. Homebirth has become something that we see and read a lot about in the news and on the Internet. I know here in Greensboro, it was even in the paper last week and got front page of the Life section. She was not a local homebirth mother but the article was awesome!!!!
If you had asked me 10 years ago what I thought about homebirth I would have told you that you were nuts. Well, lets just say that time, education, reading, research and listening and hearing, I have completely changed my mind. So much so that if NC would approve the practice of CPM's in this state, I would probably be going to school for that. It is actually in the legislature now but as we know, the government takes there time.
I have a video that I use for my childbirth class and out of all the "stories" on the video, only 2 are hospital or birth center. The rest are homebirths. There is something to be said about that. Listening to the people during the video talk about C-Section rates, epidural, and interventions would really make you think. For me as a Doula and Childbirth Educator, I try very hard to educate, encourage and empower the moms that I teach and that are my clients. THIS IS YOUR BIRTH!! Unless there is a medical emergency or other medical conditions that come up, you should be able to have what you want.
I have several homebirth stories to share this week with you and so excited to be able to share them. These are women that I know personally or have become friends with through work, Facebook and through other people and networks. I so appreciate all of them.
I have not had the opportunity to attend a homebirth and would love to do that at some point in time in my career. It just amazes me every time that I do attend a birth. It is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!
If you are in another state other than NC, what are the laws in your state? Have you had a homebirth that you would like to share? Please let me know. Maybe you have had a hospital birth and you are thinking and considering your options for your next baby. I hope that these stories will encourage and educate you and empower you. Special thank you again to all of these women that shared this week!!!!!!!!!
Doula Mama Pam