I apologize for the lack of posts these past few weeks but the birth of Sweet Baby J has made a bit of a change to my schedule. Luckily there are some wonderful bloggers who have provided posts for you. The first of these is Raewyn from Be a Warrior Queen. Thank you Raewyn!
Hey guys! I’m so happy to be here on The Dahlia Scene! I met Yvonne in a blogger group, and, as luck would have it, we would live pretty close to each other! She’s just a few cities away, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet her at a blogger event. We’ve both had a pretty full last 365 days – getting married and getting pregnant!
Yvonne’s a few weeks months ahead of me, but I’m stopping by to share a little bit about my decisions I’ve made when it comes to having this little creature (my preferred nickname for our baby!) You’ve all had the chance to read Yvonne’s journey through the midwifery, and I’d like to share why I’m opting for a hospital birth.
Hospital births were the “only way” to have a baby for awhile there. It was looked down on to have an at-home or a midwife birth and I think that is plain ludicrous! Each of us are different and have different experiences; so there is no right or wrong way to do this as long as you’re informed.
I’ve been very intrigued by the midwife process and am ecstatic to see how Yvonne’s turns out. Hospital births are more my thing because:
1) While I’m not high risk, it is possible that I could be. My mother had complications with both of her pregnancies. She had preeclampsia with me, was put on bed rest in the hospital, and I still came out over six weeks early. (Fully healthy). If your mother had preeclampsia, you are watched to make sure you don’t get it. My brother was also a c-section baby, having stayed in too long that he wrapped his cord around his neck. Then there’s my husband…who weighed around 10lbs at birth…
2) I have an anxiety disorder and being in an “official hospital” puts me at ease. I’m the girl who goes to the doctor for every little thing (Fine, I’m a hypochondriac) and I believe I would feel anxious if I was not in that super sterile-feeling environment. I haven’t seen the birthing suites yet, but I have heard from a nurse friend that they are amazing.
3) I absolutely love my gyno and OB. I started going to my mom’s gyno when I was 19 and have had a few procedures done there around that time. I feel comfortable at that office. Last year, when I found out my gyno does not deliver babies any longer, I was distraught. Then, I found my current OBGYN, Dr. Price and I adore her. Like my old gyno, she puts me at complete and total ease and I feel more like I’m hanging out with a friend than my doctor. I know this isn’t the case with all doctors, but I’ve been lucky with mine.
While I am having a hospital birth, my husband and I are contemplating a doula. We have to see if my insurance covers it, and then begin the search. I first heard about doulas from a high school classmate I ran into about a year or two ago. She was a doula and explained the process to me and I definitely love the idea. For me, I think it brings a bit of the “midwifery” feel into the hospital room. I am excited to have an advocate for me amongst the craziness that is the hospital.
I still have quite a few months to go until I’ll be checking out that birthing suite, but we are looking forward to it. Maybe, after that experience, our second child will be an at-home birth, but for my first, I’m going to ease my anxious nerves and head into that hospital room.
What path did you take? Do you wish you had chosen something different?
I’d love to hear your responses and see you over on my blog.