I'm brandy new to Mothering.com and hoping that someone can help me. I will be honest up front and admit that I'm not having a homebirth, but this looked like the best thread to post my question to!
I am about 16 weeks pregnant (my first pregnancy) and have decided to use a CNM at a local hospital. This particular OBGYN group is known for promoting and supporting natural birth, actively trying to reduce un-necessary cesarians, and supporting a mother's general well being. We (my husband and I) are VERY excited to have found such a supportive group of doctors and midwives that work together for mine and my baby's total wellbeing. We are also hiring a doula to support us at the hospital.
All that being said, my mother is expressing continuous doubts about our decision to use a practice that supports midwives. About 20+ years ago, a cousin of hers used a midwife that "didn't call in a doctor's help when she should have" (I put this in quotes as my mother was not there and can't know the full details of the labor and delivery) and, unfortunately, the child suffered permanent brain injury. So, her one encounter with a midwife was negative.
Now that I've made my decision for my birth, she is continuously voicing her concerns over my choice and questioning my research. She has (fortunately) agreed to read/watch anything I can recommend to her on current, safe birth practices. What would all of you recommend as great reading or other resources for a concerned grandparent-to-be? The books I'm reading are very long and detailed and I'm not sure they'd keep her interest long enough.
I really appreciate your help!