Homebirth in the hospital - Page 2
Slightly OT, but many homebirthing people say they love being in their home after the birth. NOT ME! I love being in the hospital at that point. People take care of me! They bring me food! No one except the baby wants me to do anything! I can devote 100% of my time to the baby-- which is really just about the only time that little baby will ever get all of my attention.
Once I am home, it's back to business. Life is the same as always, but I have a new baby as well. Needless to say, I use up my full hospital stay for the rest! I know there are people out there who have great friends and family who just dote on the new mom and baby, letting the pair rest and bond. For them, I can see how being at home would be great, but for the rest of us who pretty much fly solo, the hospital can be a luxury.
This is me too. I have had three wonderful, natural births in hospitals -- twice with OBs and once with a midwife (who acted more like and OB than a midwife). I LOVE going to the hospital. I walk into the hospital in full, panting heaving labor. I am pushy and I am clear in what I want. I want the lights turned down. I will NOT lay on my back. I push on my own schedule and when I am done, I want someone else to clean up while I take a hot bath.
Now, I am never like this in my real life. But there is something about birthing that makes me into a mama-bear. And I enjoy being cared for when I need the help. I want my husband to be able to hold our new baby and not be messing with cleaning up afterbirth and whatever else comes out of me.
And really, a homebirth would just be more work for me. I don't have close family and friends who would be able to come and cook and clean and care for my other children while I was recovering. At the hospital, I can build my nest for a couple of days and just rest.
Oh, you're all set then! Be clear in what you want and be loud. I have never had a nurse or Dr. argue with me when I have been in labor. Maybe they don't want to get their fingers bitten.