"prune" (geeze, I really wish they had come up with a better fruit to describe this
time of the baby's life). I also wanted to address some of the comments towards my
decision for a possible home birth. I really hope I did not give the impression that
I would put this baby in harm in anyway by making this decision.
I am probably the the most anxious, worrisome person you would ever meet, even
now during this first trimester I won't eat or drink anything without researching all
of the ingredients first. My only goal right now is to have a happy and healthy baby
and I truly believe that a home birth plays into that goal for me.
I am lucky enough to live in Canada, where in many provinces Midwives are part of
the healthcare system. The midwives work with the hospitals and have very strict
protocol as to who is eligible for a home birth. If at any point in this pregnancy my
health changes and I am no longer eligible to give birth at home, I will be happy to
change my plan and move into the hospital. The same goes for the birth, Midwives
have extensive training on labour and delivery and are trained to pick up on signs that
a labour may not be going as planned. If at anytime during a labour they pick up on
funny heart rates or slow progress ext. they will move into the hospital before delivery.
Like I said, I only want to do what is right and safe for the baby and for me as a
healthy woman I believe that staying home is a very responsible choice. Studies show
that the outcomes are the same for home birth and hospital birth, but the hospital can
sometimes come with interventions that, at this point, I am not sure I want. There are
so many bells & whistles at the hospital that are not always necessary for a healthy
woman in labour and can sometimes be harmful. I'm not in anyway saying I dislike the hospitals, I am SO happy they are there when they are needed. If anything were to
change during my pregnancy or labour that caused me too need those bells & whistles
I would be so grateful that they are there for our safety.
Ok, well I just wanted to say that because I would hate to think that you all think after
all these years of trying that I am putting my own best interest in front of this baby. I
truly only have the baby's best interest at heart and as I told the midwife, I don't care
how the baby gets here, I just want the baby to get here as safely and easily as possible.
Also I asked her if there was any connection between conceiving with medical intervention
and birthing with medical intervention and she said that as long as a woman is able to
carry a baby to term the fact that help was used for conception does not play a role in the
birth, that made me happy!