I am so looking forward to our home water birth! Sometimes I just get all giggly about it, especially now that we see our midwife every two weeks. She is AMAZING for first time Mommies. – Friend on Facebook
Really? Seriously? This friend is super anti hospitals and it annoys me. We all have our opinions BUT, I feel like this “naturalist” movement gets a bit crazy. Embrace the contractions, breathe through the contractions, I mean we ALL have ways of getting through birth. Even the first time around with Gooner I was not giggly with excitement. I am CERTAINLY not giddy this time around.
Camp 1 : These women get epidurals the moment they walk into the hospital. The goal is to feel as little pain as possible. These woman pack accesories for their babies as well as themselves. Their first family photo looks like it belongs in a magazine. They don’t understand why you don’t just get the epi.
Camp 2: These women go as long as they can without pain meds HOPING for a natural birth, but realize that bad things happen and they might need an epidural, pitocen, or c-section. These women look like they have been to Hades and back. They wonder why you don’t at least try to have a med free birth.
Camp 3: These women believe that hospitals are terribly bad and are out to kill them and their babies. The ONLY way to give birth is at home, at a center/clinic, or in the water. If you don’t give birth this way you are ignorant and should obviously do it their way. These women often lecture you the benefits of a home birth without been asked for their opinion. They wonder why you would even think of having a baby in a hospital.
What do you think? Which camp were you in, are you in or hope to be in? Of course you can’t put ALL women in specific boxes. We just wouldn’t be women if we fit into stereotypes would we? I’ve had friends who are in camp 3 that don’t give me lectures BUT, it is still awkward. IE: I’m sitting on her ottoman and she tells me that she gave birth to her first leaning over that very ottoman. Gross. I don’t want to know that. On the other hand I don’t want to read facebook updates EVERY DAY, explaining why home births are THE ONLY WAY.
*I truly enjoyed reading your thoughts on the glucose test! I will def post a follow up!