I know I promised natural birth center birth details, but first a quick update on my growing baby girl:
My sweet angel grows bigger by the moment it seems. She’s about 2 1/2 months now. At her 2 month appointment she was 9 lbs 7 oz. She’s just teeny.
She sleeps really well at night. She only wakes up once to eat and since I’ve mastered nursing while horizontal in bed I barely have to even wake up. The hardest part is going to be when Evie stops sleeping with us and we put her on her own bed. Not as hard for her as it is for us. We love cuddling with her and we don’t have to go far to ensure that she’s ok.
And now, as promised,
5 Reasons I Loved My Natural Birth Center Birth
1. It was all about me.
Since this is my first baby, I’ve obviously never given birth in a hospital. But from stories I’ve heard and read, I’ve deduced that you don’t feel like everyone is at your beck and call.
At the birth center I was the only ‘patient’. I didn’t have to wait for a doctor when I was ready to push. I didn’t have nurses walking in and interrupting my focus to check a chart. I was in my nice quiet atmosphere and a midwife was a shout away if I needed them. Otherwise my husband and I were left to do our thing. And when it came time to push, the room was full of supportive female voices telling me how incredible I was.
2. It was so cozy.
Even though we didn’t do it at home, it felt like home. It wasn’t a stark white, sterile smelling, cold uncomfortable hospital bed. It was a king size bed that my husband could get in with me. Honestly it felt like a hotel room. It was cozy and I didn’t have to clean up after myself.
3. My birth plan was the rule not the guideline.
I gave my midwife my birth plan several weeks before I went into labor. When we called to say we were coming in she and the other midwives were able to pull it out and review it so they knew what I wanted before I got there.
When you’re in labor, your mind isn’t always in it’s right place. It is so nice to have someone who is striving to give you what you want and not taking advantage of your “in labor brain” to do what is easiest for them.
Birth is not the time to be arguing for what you want. You should be able to relax and just give birth.
4. I felt like: “I am woman, hear me roar”
I understand why people get drugs to help with the pain of labor. I get it. Labor is painful. But I felt so in control without them. My movements, my mind, my body: none of it was hindered by medications, IVs, or being hooked up to machines. I wasn’t strapped to a bed. I could move however I needed to so that I could manage the pain of contractions. When all was said and done, I could move around, not stopped by something numbing my legs. Evelyn and I had bonding time without either of us having foggy minds due to drugs.
Looking back at how difficult everything was, I don’t feel discouraged, I feel powerful. If I could do that, I can do anything. I am strong, I have power, I am woman, hear me roar!
5. Evelyn is a REALLY good baby.
I don’t know if it’s because she wasn’t exposed to any drugs, but Evie is so good. She’s not colicky, she doesn’t cry for no reason. She doesn’t cry excessively. She cries to get our attention to let us know she needs something like a diaper change or to eat or a nap. I’d like to think it’s because I spent my whole pregnancy trying to be healthy, not taking any medications, and I spent the very last moments of my pregnancy doing the same thing.
Are you planning on a natural birth yourself? I’m happy to answer any questions and offer plenty of support!! Are you in favor of the hospital instead? Tell me why?