Monday, March 22, 2010

Birth Obsessed

Those who know me well know that I think birth is cool. I get a little obsessed when I am pregnant. Probably in a way it is to prepare myself for what I am about to do. I enjoyed my natural birth with my last one and will do it again this time. I don't think everyone needs to do it this way. I am for choices in birth and to me that is the most important thing. I don't like to ever hear about a woman getting bullied into doing something they are not comfortable with. That said, I wish more women wanted to be in the moment of labor, but also understand why they don't and know that most women don't feel the need to experience it. For me, it was a great experience. I felt so connected with bringing my baby into the world. I was amazed at how much the body can handle, how it was made to handle labor. How God has made a way for us to be able to go through it with nature's pain reliever in the form of hormones. I really don't think about it much, but when I am pregnant I read birth blogs, birth books and just want to talk about birth. Not everyone wants to listen. But that's okay.

I read this book this last couple of weeks. It's about a midwife during the start of the birth movement in the 60's when women were tired of being drugged and tied to the bed during labor. Peggy Vincent, the author, was one of few midwives that was able to deliver both in a home and hospital setting. Unfortunately that doesn't happen anymore. Its either one or the other and women are given a lot less choice when it comes to birth. I wasn't thrilled with the amount of cursing in the book, several 'F' words too. And being in the San Francisco area means for some different stories to say the least. I love her referring to herself as a 'wanna be hippy' that didn't take. But the birth stories were awesome and some of them were so interesting! And a few of them were down right funny while others made me cry. If you enjoy birth or stories about birth this is really an intriguing book.


Heather the Mama Duk said...

I read that book a few years ago, I think when I was pregnant with Fritz. I loved it.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

It is really cool how you love it so much! I wish I could...but I would never have a baby again if I had to feel it!!!

Mama Teaching 2 said...

Totally love that book. :)

jugglingpaynes said...

Good for you for having your baby the way you want! I must say what I always say regarding birth choices: How come some women fight so hard for the choice of whether or not to HAVE a baby, but when it comes to choosing your birthing experience, most women have no choice at all? It's either the hospital or pay for it yourself. We paid most of the expense of our home birth out of pocket because our insurance didn't want us to do it. If women don't have this option, they are at the mercy of the medical establishment. I go to the hospital when I'm sick, I had to fight really hard to have my second and third in a setting I preferred.

Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now!

Peace and Laughter,