I am growing increasingly frustrated and worried, as I am due in April and none of the homebirth midwives that service my area in Brooklyn are available.
I was born 29 years ago at home with a wonderful midwife and all my brothers and sisters were also born via homebirth. The thing that has me most frustrated, (and I know this is unreasonable and selfish, but I am hormonal!) is that in NYC the rate of homebirth has spiked due to the documentary the Business of being born, and most of the women who have booked these midwives had never heard of homebirth before. I know it's amazing that so many new babies are being born at home and that the documentary has really opened women's eyes to the options around them, but most that I talk to here in the city don't really know anything about it other than it's the hip new celebrity thing to do.
I have been waiting my whole life to be able to birth at home, and have been very active in Homebirth Midwifery rights especially
during the period last year when Midwives in NYC almost lost the right to practice. I rallied everyone I knew to write to our legislature, congressperson and anyone who would listen to make it legal for Midwives to practice without a Hospital undersigner.
Now I can't find a Midwife to take me, and I am terrified of having to deliver in a hospital. I already have my birthtub purchased, and I feel so let down that I won't be able to continue this amazing tradition passed down to me by my own Mother.
Sorry for venting, but I am just so frustrated!