Before I had Butters, I thought people who delivered a baby at home were totally crazy. Nut job religious people or Luddites or something. I have felt a bit intimated telling more conservative people that this is our choice, but birthing a baby is what a body was meant to do, it's completely natural. I've taken advantage of technology, my ultrasounds, heart monitors and blood tests all show a completely healthy mother and baby. When I deliver in my home, there will literally be thousands of women doing the same thing as I am doing. Some will be in a hospital, but most will in their house, a hut, a field where they have to return to work (okay, I may be getting dramatic with the last one).
Giving birth is one of the most empowering things you can do as a woman. I was filled with confidence after Butters was born. I felt like a warrior marathon runner, like I needed a girl scout badge, like I wanted to take some photos b/c I looked fabulous!
My midwives are awesome, Valerie walked me to my car yesterday and helped put Butters in the car, they are the kind of people I want to knit for! They help me up from the bed, they hug me, they won't do anything without asking. They put me in control of my birth and my body and they give me love and guidance. That's the way our care should be!
Everything will work out fine and my baby will be born at home, in a loving caring environment, covered in pet hair. (And don't worry, honey, I will let you sell this house someday and I won't bury the placenta in the back yard!)