I just read this and I had to share it. This woman said everything that I could not really put into words about why I have chosen to UC:
"I made the best decision for me and my baby, but I want to encourage all women to really weigh their needs in birthing. I am introverted and draw my strength from within myself, preferring to not have input from others while birthing. I have a dear friend who loves having other women with whom to consult and that she trusts to make decisions while she focuses solely on the feelings of birthing. Freebirthing for her is like a version of a nightmare she would wake from, crying and devastated. For me, it’s total freedom, love and bliss. We both have a love of birth, and different needs, both perfect for each of us."
I have always said I am a "private" birther but I never thought about how my introvert-ness played into that.
I recently sent my MIL a birth story about a UC birth (in an attempt to normalize this for her since she is freaked about it). After she read it she said she thought it sounded like torture, lol, I thought it was beautiful! She said "I liked being knocked out for my births...I got to wake up and was holding my baby...". I told her that sounded like my worst nightmare and I would be deeply traumatized if that ever happened to me!
I love how the woman above talks about how her friend really pulls on the wisdom and energy from the women around her in birth...fascinating...I have never thought about it in those terms.
I so hope that each of us is able to seek out and achieve the birth that is going to be the most peaceful and perfect way for each of our babies to enter the world, no matter where, with who, how, or when .