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post #41 of 51
I get called a hippy for lots of reason...

I get called worse too.

Neither bother me much...
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by Banana731 View Post
I get called a hippie for lots of things- not shaving my legs, using mama cloth, not using deodorant. (mostly from my family)

Usually when the term homebirth comes up, I get "brave" or "crazy."

I'd take hippie over crazy.
THIS.

I get mostly "wow - you're brave!"

Or the passive/aggressive "good for you, but, ha - I like my drugs!"
post #43 of 51
I strive for the hippie title. I do not find it negative at all. Of course, my mom was one in the 70s and raised me believing it was a very very positive name.

DHs mom is what we (DH and I) lovingly refer to as a modern hippyie and I love that woman! His little brother is also hippie-ish and is awesome.

DH made a comment when I said I liked a particular scarf that it was "Very hippie-ish" when I asked if it was a bad thing he says "If I thought it were bad I would have never married you"

FWIW the definition of hippie that I use is

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someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
Id have to say that defines me pretty well. Not completely, of course... but more than anything else.

Crunchy would not define me very well though. I do not do it for the benefit of the environment (hey I'm all for that too, but its not my motivation) but because its the belief system I was basically raised with and the way I feel is best for my family.
post #44 of 51
I aspire to be hippie, so I have no problem with it!
post #45 of 51
I got called "brave" just for using a midwife- as in "brave for taking that risk and not going with a doctor". It took a heck of a lot more bravery for me to step foot in that hospital for my 3rd baby when I had to be transfered due to high blood pressure.

When I was pg with my first but was planning a midwife hospital birth, a lady from our hs group said she thought it was the most selfish disgusting thing a woman could do and she shouldn't even be allowed to have kids! Ummm, ok, whatever, ya nut!

I was told hb was crazy, irresponsible, etc.

I've been asked "Wow...is that legal??"

Also been told that homebirth is for people who value the birth experience over the safety of their child.

"Don't be a hero"

Never been called a hippy though!
post #46 of 51
I get brave a lot too. Really, there wasn't much brave about it, I was in hard core labour about 1/2 hour in, total labour was 2 hours, and I wasn't moving from my comfy spot on the bed unless there was a darn good reason. By the time the midwife arrived to check me, it would have been more risky to move me than to let me home birth.

I suspect some of my more medically minded friends think I'm nuts and took a risk, but they are genuinely happy for me that I got my home birth. But apparently, I'm Xena Warrior Princess for home birthing. Frankly, managing 3 kids is a hell of a lot more scary than birthing. lol
post #47 of 51
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Originally Posted by mrsdewees View Post
THIS.

I get mostly "wow - you're brave!"

Or the passive/aggressive "good for you, but, ha - I like my drugs!"
I have gotten these alot lately as I have been talking about my findings about HB and MWs to my friends/mom/ etc.

I mentioned to one girl that if SO and I get pregnant, I am doing a HB with no VEs or AROM or anything like that, and she just point blank said "You are out of your mind, I would not wish the pain of labor on to anyone and I will tell you right now you are going to wish you were in a hospital pumped full of drugs. More power to ya, but no way in hell" I just tried to calmly tell her that its safer for me to deliver at home because I trust my body and have been through labor and child birth before and would rather do it at home where I am comfortable.
post #48 of 51
Anyone else find it ironic that the "hippie" who homebirths I'd say usually does it totally drug-free, and the hospitals are the ones handing out the drugs with the women screaming for them? Who's the hippie on drugs NOW???

"Don't get the brown IV line, man!" Hmm, wonder what the street price for epi drugs are?? Gotta fund my homebirth somehow, right?
post #49 of 51
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I get brave mostly from people i know really well, and I tell them they are brave for going into a hospital risking all those interventions that can lead to c-sections. Because to be honest I don't know that I could go the drug free route if I was in a hospital setting, not able to do my own thing ya know.
post #50 of 51
Hippie I like. Brave bugs me. Nothing brave about not wanting to fight with doctor about how they treat my body. I always say going to a hospital is brave.
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by pearl2 View Post
Anyone else find it ironic that the "hippie" who homebirths I'd say usually does it totally drug-free, and the hospitals are the ones handing out the drugs with the women screaming for them? Who's the hippie on drugs NOW???

"Don't get the brown IV line, man!" Hmm, wonder what the street price for epi drugs are?? Gotta fund my homebirth somehow, right?
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