Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Choice for a Water Birth

Hello friends!! So the time is getting closer and this baby should be coming any day now. As I anxiously wait for my baby (*while twiddling my thumbs*), I've been mentally preparing myself for labor. When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted a drug-free birth. I had planned on a natural, epidural-free birth at a hospital until I learned about the birthing center.

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?
 
 
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I am grateful for my faith-driven
decision to have a natural water birth.
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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your positive feelings on water births and a birthing center. As you've said, it's great to have options, but more importantly, BEING INFORMED and educated properly about either birthing process. And you are right about the fear factor. If you haven't already seen it, PLEASE watch Rikki Lake's documentary (with follow up episodes!) on Netflix, The Business of Birth. #mindblown

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    1. Hi Angelica! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I have never seen that documentary, but I have heard of it.

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  2. I'm not one for water births personally. I wanted my epidurals as soon I walked into the hospitals when I was having my children. However, my thoughts are whatever works for you. I'm fine with the strict hospital policies but I love that there are options for those that aren't alright with it. Good luck with the birth and I can't wait to see pictures. I check everyday to see if there is any news! The last few days of waiting is the hardest part.

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    1. Hello Victoria and thank you for reading my blog entries. I appreciate your honesty and I look forward to sharing my experience, along with pictures, of my labor and delivery. =)

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  3. I've been a doula for 4 years now and have seen over 70 births and I have to say, there is nothing quite like a natural birth. It's incredible to see what women are capable of. I commend you for thoroughly researching your decision. I'm sure you've heard the phrase that giving birth is like a marathon, and so being prepared and educating yourself ahead of time is the best possible thing you can do. Congratulations on the upcoming birth and best of luck with labor and delivery!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the positive thoughts and encouragement. Knowledge is power and I have found that people who don't understand certain things will oftentimes criticize them. I have faith in my body and in God, so I'm relying on these things to get me through this intense and powerful experience. =)

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