This is my second time being apart of a MDC DDC. I'm expecting my third baby towards the middle of April but my 4 year old son suggests that its twins, a boy and a girl. He was right about his sister and I was right about both of them. This time, I can't tell if its a boy or a girl at all, so maybe it is both and that explains why I'm not clear one way or the other?
My first child was born unmedicated in a hospital with midwives after 38 hours of labor. It was empowering because I saw what I was capable of in the face of bad odds and inadequate support. Labor and birth in and of themselves were not that hard, but it really sucked to fight off the midwives and resist their efforts for a backdoor induction and augmentation. I had PTSD after the experience which made the first year of motherhood additionally difficult. That's when I became a birth advocate and started working in the birth community. First with Solace for Mothers and then with the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.
With my second, I planned an unassisted homebirth and it was awesome. She ended up coming faster than we thought she would so I have good memories of being pleasantly surprised.
With this one, my mother lives with us now and I feel like she will need a midwife there to help her understand what is happening. I have a great midwife in mind and I'm really looking forward to another homebirth, with a midwife standing back and watching while she quietly explains what is happening to my mother. Now its just a matter of knowing if it is twins and if the midwife I'd like to work with will attend a twin homebirth.
I may have a big project going on during my pregnancy and I'm not sure if it will work out or not, but I'm going to keep going with it until it no longer does work. I'm working on opening a business close to my house and we'll just see if everything falls into place for it! This is not out of character for me, with my first I started graduate school when I was pregnant, with my second, I wrote my master's thesis, so why not with my third open a business that puts my degree to use?