After going to an orientation at the birth center, I knew that was the right option for me. I liked the fact that birthing in a pool or tub was an option and I appreciated that their philosophy was centered on a holistic approach to life. They believe that the birthing mother should dictate her birthing environment, so she's free to decide who stays in the room with her, how she wants the rooming conditions to be, how she labors and delivers her baby (they are allowed to catch their own babies), what position she wants to deliver the baby and what procedures she wants her baby to have after birth.
As I've blogged throughout the months, you all have come to know me as someone who is extremely health-conscious, but also as a person who enjoys having freedom of choices. When I learned that labor and delivery in a hospital was strict and regimented, I opted not to be a part of that. I want the freedom to move around when I'm laboring; I don't want to be strapped down to a fetal monitoring device; I don't want to wear a hospital gown; I don't want to deal with impersonal doctors; I don't want to lie on my back while I give birth; I don't want to be told how to push; I don't want artificial drugs for inducement; I don't want an epidural; I don't want a C-section; I don't want loud, opinionated nurses in and out of my room; I don't want certain drugs/vaccines given to my baby and I don't want the nurses to take my baby to a nursery. So, as you can see, the list keeps going and going. You may think you have freedom in a hospital, but what usually happens is that doctors and nurses instill a bit of fear on birthing mothers and they end up acquiescing to whatever the doctors and nurses say. I want none of that.
With that being said, I have opted for a water birth at a birth center in Broward County. It'll look something like this:
Did you know that these celebrity moms had at home water births?
What are your thoughts on a water birth?
I am grateful for my faith-driven
decision to have a natural water birth.