Another first-time freebirther here! I had my first in a birth center and it was definitely a positive experience but I think it could be even better. I knew immediately that I only wanted to birth at home from then on. My labor with him was only 5 hours so I am anticipating this one to go *very* quickly. We are moving at 34 weeks so it's a relief that I won't have to scramble to find a provider when we relocate. I have lots of reasons for choosing free birth. I have always felt strongly pulled to it, in fact I considered going that route with my first but I decided I didn't feel comfortable having never experienced labor or birth. I thought about it a lot and by the time I was pregnant with my second I knew we would be UCing. For one thing I want my best chance at experiencing physiologic birth and the fetal ejection reflex, and I know myself well enough to know that if a birth professional (or pretty much anyone besides DH) is present I won't be able to let my thinking brain go and give over to my body, I'm just too socially responsive of a person. Also I've read a lot about the emotional states present in the labor and birth process and their roles in bonding, and I really want all those hormones contributing to a deeper relationship with my spouse rather than being misplaced on a birth professional. I don't know how to explain it, but I think if this is the right path for you it will stay in the back of your head, tugging at you, and eventually you won't be able to imagine doing it another way.
ETA: I don't really have any of the supplies yet but will be gathering them soon. I want to have them packed and ready to take with us on the move just in case. I don't think we will have a lot in the way of supplies. I will be making some reusable chux pads and a sling for the fish scale. We have a fetoscope already. I will be making some essential oil and herbal preparations that I might choose to use during birth and postpartum. I haven't decided whether a water birth will be worth the trouble. I know I would stress out about which tub to get, and having to set it up and everything. Last time was so fast I never got a chance to get in the tub, so I'm not sure if I *need* it. We'll see.
Last edited by katealicia; 06-24-2014 at 05:05 AM.