Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wow. I'm already 28 weeks and 4 days along. This has gone by so quickly!

There's been a bit of a change regarding where we plan to have the baby, and I am very happy with this decision.

I never thought I would feel like I could be one of those women who trusted themselves enough to have an unassisted childbirth at home, but I realized that I AM just that capable and awesome, and I really NEVER EVER EVER want to go back to a hospital unnecessarily. THAT is what is dangerous to both me and the baby. Not birthing at home in a safe place with me and my husband who absolutely believe in my body's ability to birth a baby.

So, we are planning a medically unassisted homebirth for the birth of our daughter in July.

I feel so much relief having made this decision. I have no more anxiety about birthing like I did with the thought of "having" to go to a hospital. I just couldn't bring myself to do that. AND the more it goes, the more I really like the idea of not even having a midwife there.

I will be the one trusting myself and my body completely to have this baby. I will have my dh there, and perhaps another person or two as "an extra set of hands", but that's all we need.

I am not concerned about hemmoraging either. I feel fully confident that if that happens we will be able to handle it with no issues. Education is key, and I will be fully prepared for that circumstance, or any other that could come up.

I really like the Emergency Childbirth: A Manual that a lot of people recommend keeping on hand and reading through. In it the author says that any reasonably intelligent 8 year old can assist in the birth of a baby. Well, heck, if Chris isn't around, then Max can help ;) He'll have even just turned 9!

I am excited about the birth now, not dreading it. And that will let me have a peaceful wonderful experience. I'm ready to meet my new baby now!


Patricia Kagwiria Makhulo said...

Hi Rachel, I read your comments about your experiences in the home party plan industry. I liked very much your take on the issue. I have a blog that is specific to the home party plan business industry. I also see you are counting down the days as you await your baby congratulations. I wonder would you like to be a guest blogger on my blog? starting May 12th, day after mothers' day I am having guest bloggers discuss and share their insights on being mom and working from home! Look forward to hearing from you!

Amanda said...

Wow. Good for you sweetie! It sounds like you are very comfortable with this decision. That is truly awesome. You never cease to amaze me with your goddess like super-mom-ness. *grin*

Margi said...

Wow, I'm not sure how I stumbled upon here, but....I think I know you. It's Margi from Olympia & YASH. I have one son named Joe, I'm the anti-camper, and we used to live in Idaho. Do I sound familiar? If so, I'm glad I found you and congratulations on your pregnancy!

If I just sound like some whacked out chick, feel free to ignore me. But, congrats on your pregnancy, just the same!

Rachel said...

Holy cow! Margi!

Yes, same Rachel, shared a campsite 2 summers ago in Olympia, with Laura, too!

Drop me an email at cthulhugrrl at gmail?