For the record I’m not even pregnant yet, but as I feel surrounded by pregnancies and births right now I definitely have babies on the brain and keep thinking about future baby #2. I just read my first horror story about a home birth, up until now I have really only heard good things. Now to be fair, this is a story from a mom in the US who used a Doula which is very different from what my potential experience would be.
I am lucky enough to be a resident of Ontario where midwifery is not only regulated by the government to ensure the quality of education and care by midwives it’s actually subsidized. The poor woman in the story I read today not only experienced the lack of knowledge and poor decision making by her birth team but she actually endured a bill of thousands of dollars in the process (likely from the doula and the hospital care).
I try to remind myself how lucky I am for my #firstworldproblems as often as I can, how fortunate I am to be living in a two bedroom apartment in a beautiful city with two men I love, a new car, food in our bellies, cozy beds to sleep in, etc, etc. This morning I feel extra fortunate to also live in a country (and province) that cares for it’s women and that gives us so much choice and power in our health care.
So over the next year(s) I will decide if baby #2 when s/he comes will indeed be the home water birth I’ve always wanted. I’m curious…what was your child(ren)s birth like? What was your experience?