I'm 11 weeks and planning on a home birth. I went from hospital at the last minute to birth center to home birth. I know every mother has a different idea of what is comfortable and for me the most comfortable is at home with my midwife. I know I need the kind of emotional support and nurturing that a midwife will provide.
That said, is anyone else planning the same? I only have one friend (3 kids, one is one week old!) who had the same birth plan and the one who actually helped inform me about pregnancy and birth before I was even pregnant. I just learned a lot from her through her blog, Facebook posts and conversations. She's great, I love her but I also want to meet other moms who are in the same thought as me.
I'd love to bounce questions off of each other, see how we're feeling and the like. I'm from Austin, Texas and fortunately, there are several midwives that would work. The one I really wanted who did my friend's VBA2C will be gone the month I'm due so even though she said I could do prenatal care with her and have her partner do the birth she said that would be hard emotionally. I agree. I think I would bond with her and be sad she's not at the birth. I have one more (I hope!) midwife interview on Monday and hoping we'll click so I can hire her on the spot. I did have another interview with a midwife who is great, but not as nurturing as I'd like.
I'd also love to hear from moms who have done this before. This is my first pregnancy so there's a bit of fear around the pain but I am working on releasing that. I plan to do a hypnobaby course and reading some books on pain free labor. I know it won't be "pain free" but I can learn to think about it differently.