|Nothing more natural than a naked baby belly! |
19 vs. 29 weeks
I've always been a little bit crunchy. I've long thought that I was born in the wrong generation and would give up my left arm for the opportunity to travel back in time to Woodstock and watch Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the great Jimi Hendrix perform live. In many ways I'm an antiquated soul. I'm often skeptical of technology and concerned about the state of our food system. GMOs, pesticides, hormones, additives in our food, a new pill for everything with only small knowledge of the long-term side effects. It's scary to me!
I like my food as I imagine God intended it. Fresh, healthy and natural!
So it stands to reason, that I feel the same way about my pregnancy.
Even before Baby Pep was conceived, I had watched The Business of Being Born and Babies. I was beginning to become fascinated with what seemed to be this renewed movement toward natural birthing and midwifery. As a proponent of all-things-natural and a skeptic of modern medicine, it seemed only logical this this would be the route I would take when it was time for me to start growing humans.
|Baby Pep's first Harley apparel from |
his biker Grandma and Grandpa.
Because natural birthing seems to be "coming back," I haven't been met with as much resistance and raised eyebrows as I thought I might. To be honest, I'm a huge weenie when it comes to pain, but I recognize that pain is 90% mental so I think believing in myself that I can do this as millions of women have done before is going to be half the battle. I have no false notions that this will be an easy ride, but I'm willing to give it a try.
I believe in my body. I believe in myself. And frankly, the thought of unnecessary medical interventions, potentially dangerous drugs and major surgery scares me way more than the pain of labor (says the girl who's never actually experienced labor pains). So for the last 6ish months I've been seeing a midwife and plan to deliver at the New Beginnings Birthing Center, within the Miami Valley Hospital. The thought of giving birth in a place that supports the natural childbirth process, but is also located just feet from Neonatal Intensive Care should the worst happen is a huge comfort to me.
My birth plan will not be carved into stone. I know what I want and I know the kind of birth I want to strive for, but I will not feel like any less of a woman or less of a mother if I happen to decide that I just need that epidural. At the end of the day, a healthy baby is all I ask for, and if going au naturale helps me to achieve that- well then, lucky me :)