31 weeks 1 day in photoLast week Vanessa asked if I could talk about why we decided to have a home birth. I have to give my pal Chanitlly a huge thank you for informing me about home births and midwives last summer because before that I really had no idea what was up with either of them and may not have considered them as options if it wasn't for her. After Chantilly told me about midwives and home births I did some more research, talked to Ivan about it and decided that if/when we have a baby I would really like to try a home birth.
My main reason for wanting a home birth is that I'm not a huge fan of hospitals. Don't get me wrong, I am glad they are around and very thankful for their help when necessary but I don't feel like the birth of a baby is one of those necessities (in most cases). Without going into too much detail about why, I will be much more comfortable at home and feeling comfortable and relaxed is something that I feel will help me a lot and lead to a better birth experience for myself and the baby. The only time I get nervous about giving birth is when I think about the possibility that I will have to do it in the hospital. Obviously if I need to go I will, no questions asked but in most cases home births go very smoothly and I'm hoping mine is one of those. In case anyone is wondering we live about five minutes away from our back up hospital.
It is really hard for me to properly express all of the reasons we want to have a home birth. I know it is not for everyone and I'm sure that some people would feel much less comfortable at home than they would in a hospital. It is definitely somehting that everyone has to decide for themselves based on their individual situation. If you have any specific questions I would be more than happy to try to answer them in the comments!
Well, that got kind of long! I was also going to talk about how I seem to have ballooned in size this past week but I will just mention that my plan to wear my regular dresses has mostly been foiled. Even dresses that were loose in the top before I got pregnant (and that fit me a few weeks ago) are out of the question. Basically, I'm carrying a baby in each of my boobs as well as my belly. And I think my ribcage has gotten bigger. Whatever the reason, I need to just bite the bullet and buy a few pregnancy friendly summer items so that I have more than three dresses to wear this summer.
I hope everyone has a good weekend!