Did you make your decisions based on anecdotal stories and risky personal tendencies?
admittedly, it was an anecdotal story that first brought me to consider UC--that of Jeanine Parvati Baker in her book Prenatal Yoga. when i first read it, i thought it sounded "extreme" but there was something in my soul that really was struck by it. And after 30 minutes of discussion about it, my husband and i agreed that it was "right."
The thing is, logical evidence isn't the only thing that one uses to determine what is "right and appropriate." if that were true, i wouldn't be the sort of vegetarian that i am. I am vegetarian because of m soul-spirit--not because of my head-intellect and the evidence that supports or decries vegetarianism.
but, truth be told, if there wasn't an intellectual reason to be veg in a healthy way, or to UC in a healthy way--then i wouldn't do it. For me, the process is usually "backwards" like this.
with vegetarianism, i long held the idea that i wanted to be veg (since i was about 10-11). my parents told me veggies couldn't be healthy (not enough nutrients, etc). I believed them for years. then, i really, really felt drawn to being veg. So, i researched being veg and learned how to be a healthy veg. I went veg, and 8 yrs later i'm still veg. I'm healthy as can be.
the same was true of this. i heard about UC in an anecdotal story. then, i learned about UC and birth in general through the various materials available. i realized how safe and healthy UC could be, and my decision was solidified. it just makes sense. so, i'm going to do it.
and as i've always said about being veg and UC, if i ever feel that it's not the right way for me to go--then i'll go another way. no big deal.
the second issue that the hostile blogger brought up was--risky personal tendencies.
in regards to me, this is just laughable. i am a very cautious person who takes her health--physical and spiritual--very, very seriously. i do not engage in risky behaviors--i'm even a 31 yr old defensive driver who commonly drives at or below the speed limit! LOL
when i go rock climbing, i check and double check everything. i've never used drugs, gotten drunk, or had casual sex. i just don't do things that are all that risky!
and, when i do things that are risky (as life has inherent risk), i check, double check, and triple check before i move forward. And if, at any point, i don't feel safe or i don't feel that i'm willing to take the risk (whatever that is), then i stop. i don't go forward with it.
i am incredibly cautious and conscientious. that's just my way. most of my friends--many of whom will likely hospital birth--take much greater risks than i do in a variety of ways. i'm very, very conservative compared to them.
they consider me crazy and risky--but much of what they do is much riskier than planned UC.