Monday, January 04, 2010

A la natural.

When I was in college, just after we were married, I got my hands on one very intriguing book.

In it were pages full of gloriously naked women in the throws of childbirth.

I looked through all the pages, fascinated and full of questions (why did everyone's breasts look so strange? why didn't anybody want to wear a shirt? lots of other questions)

My friend Mrs. Olsen had lent this book to me, and I kept it for an embarrassingly long amount of time.

Even then, when the answer to the question of when I wanted to start a family (which by the way is a horrible casual question) was a "5 years down the road" sort of thing, I was drawn to conversations, books and information about natural childbirth.

Now that I am here, after researching all the different birth options in my area and meeting with some different (all great) practitioners, I feel most comfortable with and have chosen to work with:

a wonderful Certified Nurse Midwife in an out of hospital setting ~ (a lovely birth suite).

She is great, a perfect fit for me.

She has eased my worries many times, is a phone call away. Her office is warm. She has spent over two hours at every appointment Dashing Boy and I have had with her, explaining different things I had never heard about, answering all kinds of questions, giving me hugs and positivity.

She has a great record, her record speaks for itself.

And most importantly Dashing Boy and I feel comfortable and well taken care of in her care.

Unless I become high-risk, I am birthing with her in her amazing place where absolutely no epidural is available :)

I now have five months (I'm due the beginning of June) to prepare myself (as much as I can) for such an experience :)


Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

You go girl! Don't take this the wrong way -- but this seems like the perfect fit for you.

Every time I see a picture of a home birth, I think it is beautiful. No weird fitting hospital gown -- but a sweat suit or something of the sort. And the ability to hold the baby and cuddle the baby right there.

My husband is terrified of a home birth though -- so our options will probably be birth center or hospital. I like the natural route though, something about connecting with the baby.

Alec said...

That is great news! Congratulations!

Alec said...

Oh sorry, that was Randi, but I'm sure Alec is happy for you too!

Cristie said...

So happy you found someone you trust, and that she isn't too far away.

Michelle said...

Congrats! I didn't know if you knew, but I'm due in March. I hope you haven't had too much morning makes things a little difficult.

It has been far too long since I've seen you! How long has it been since we were in Young Womens :) This year was the first time I was back in Bozeman in like a year, and I didn't realize how much I missed it.

You're going to be an excellent mom! I'm so excited for you!

Mrs. Olsen said...

I wish there was a birthing center in my neck of the woods! I'm so excited for you.

That Bradley Book is informative and at times...we'll just say interesting. Happy Birthing to you in the coming months. And remember...the AVERAGE length for a FIRST LABOR is over 20 hours. Just keep that in mind when you think it's going to be over in 8 hours. And I would add, when going a la natural...TRANSITION has got to be the most mind-bending mental (and physical) battle, so keep that in mind. ;)

Mrs. Olsen said...

Yo. I just facebooked you. can you email me the web-site/phone number for this place please?