Hello ladies! I am 34 weeks along, due on July 18th, although my midwife doesn't think I'll make it that long...This is my first baby, and my fiance and I live in Sonoma County, CA. Before we got pregnant, we had decided to have a homebirth. I loathe the treatment of pregnant women by doctors and nurses, and have been following the abuses that occur there for years. The prevailing opinion, as informed women know, is that it's 'best' for mom and baby if mom is induced with pitocin, paralyzed with an epidural, and maybe even genitally mutilated with an episiotomy. How incredibly convenient for the staff! "Just shut up, lady, and let us handle it all!" So, we planned on a homebirth. However, that didn't end up happening, as homebirth midwives are pricey (to us) and not covered by insurance. So, our next step was the incredible birth center in Santa Rosa, that has a stellar reputation. But I didn't feel comfortable there, it felt too assembly-line to me. Plus, they had 4 midwives, and so I saw someone different each time. Yuck! Then I went to another birth center, a small place with one midwife. But, just into my third trimester, I was informed that my midwife could no longer do out of hospital births, because her insurance would no longer cover her. So, in order to stay in her care, which we very much wanted, I would have to have a hospital birth. But, the hospital she delivers at is very progessive, and I have freedom to do what I like, with no interventions, I.V's, etc. Nor will I have nurses pushing drugs on me. I will have my aquadoula, birth room, and dim lights. So one of the worst-case scenarios has already come to pass, and I have been ok with it. Pregnancy is quite the interesting time. I've seen the dreams and plans of women just fly out the window, when their bodies, or life, has other ideas in store for them. Oh well, such is life. And mothering, I suppose.
My pregnancy has been very easy otherwise, with the exception of insomnia, and my huge irritation over being so frequently hungry-and then not wanting whatever it is that I've made to eat. I guesss now it's time to just enjoy the few weeks I have left.