My family thinks I am nuts about even contemplating homebirth. Granted, this is in Canada where they have strict standards for midwives, they are fully integrated into hospitals,etc. Essentially, they say I am playing Russian roulette here and that even in low risk normal births, things can turn bad in seconds. It doesn't help that my aunt is a L&D nurse who's daughter is pregnant and says that she 'loves her own daughter too much to even think of a homebirth". When people pull out the 'you're a bad mother' card, how do you respond to this? Throw facts and reason back at them? I'm afraid people have some a fear of what they don't know anything about, that no matter how much you try to inform them, their stubborness, pride, and fear block the truth. I want my in-laws to be happy about me having a baby, rather than thinking I am a horrible person by doing this. I'd appreciate other stories of mothers who's families refused to support their decision for a homebirth. How did you respond? Ignore it? Kill 'em with facts?
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6/20/10 at 1:36am