|Welcoming our third child at home in Nebraska.|
- A woman's body is intelligently made to handle pregnancy and childbirth. Birth should not be treated as a medical procedure nor should it be micro-managed. A healthy mother's body, given the opportunity to open up and give birth is a very natural process. Studies show that more intervention leads to more complication.
- Influence and control over who was around and in my personal space is my right. A mother's natural instinct is to nest and protect her children. Knowing the people who were there to help me bring a life into the world brought a sense of comfort and peace.
- Hospitals are for sick people. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate and respect the medical profession, doctors, nurses and hospital staff. But, hospitals are full of sick people and their germs. I was not sick, I was having a baby.
- An unmedicated birth is a priority for me. I have confidence in my body and the understanding that even the smallest amount of medications pass on to the baby. Why would I spend 9 months avoiding caffeine, alcohol, cold medicine and pain medicine only to go to a hospital and be tempted to receive drugs? It can be a slippery slope. If you are in a compromised position (i.e. full on labor pains) and there is an easy solution (i.e. drugs) it can be easier to falter.
- Honoring my body and the time it takes for me to have a baby is important. The process is dictated by mother nature, not a doctor's or a staff rotation.