Hey I'm mamagrits! I'm not on much but a friend who has UC'd several times led me here when I told her our plans to UC. I haven't posted much but I've read a whole bunch! (Especially the birth story thread!) So ya'll don't follow my example & keep posting! ;)
I'm due July 10th w/ #4 (who will be my 4th in less than 5yrs). My 1st (DD) was a traditional intervention happy epidural vaginal birth AKA not a great experience! My 2nd (DS) I hired a doula & was going for a med free hospital birth but loooong story, ended up w/ a c-section under general. I was very grateful for that c/s, it was definitely one of the few "real" needed ones. My 3rd (DD) I stayed w/ my awesome doula & finally got my med free hospital VBAC. It was the best experience so far, but it still wasn't everything I wanted, the midwife still did several things w/o my consent that were explicitly against my birth plan, which as most of us know completely gets ignored even when you've gotten "full support" of it before labor.
I'm still seeing this same group of midwives I saw last birth b/c well, it's free b/c I have Medicaid & I also want a Mirena @ my 6wks PP checkup!!! I hope they'll overlook that I don't show up @ the hospital to give birth & at least wait to kick me outta the practice until after that IUD is in place! (I've already been kicked outta an OB when I was 36wks preggo w/ #2 b/c my birth plan was way too crunchy for them). Well, I've been GBS+ twice before & if I am + again I will birth in the hospital. The risk just isn't worth it to me. I'm definitely not as crunchy as many of you, as I also do vaccinate (well, most of em) & I'm huge on the importance of the newborn screen. Our #3 has CF that was caught early by it & this one has a 25% chance of having it, too, as did our first two but we didn't know we were carriers. I support breastfeeding (made it 17mos w/ #3, much better than the 9mos & 2mos I did w/ my others!) but I also know that formula isn't rat poison & look kindly on those who use it as I did with #2 (remember that long story? yeah...).
I haven't told hardly anyone our UC plans b/c they'd think we're nuts (in fact I'm sure our family would call 911 or CPS or something). In fact just a few years ago I thought natural childbirth was nuts, especially home births. And then I warmed up to home birth but thought UC was still crazy. And here were are now, the second we confirmed we were pregnant again there was no doubt in my or DH's mind that we were going to UC this time! My how a little time & a lotta reading can change things. ;)
So that's me in a nutshell!