I'd say the two biggest influences on me were Our Bodies, Our Selves and Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out For. I read both in the early 1990s....long before I was ready to have kids...and after that it never really occurred to me to approach childbirth any other way except naturally. The concept of empowered women doing this marvelous thing with their bodies was, and is, such a compelling vision for me.
I was also drawn to the idea that natural childbirth allows for an experience that's very present, self-aware, and mindful. Which is how I want to approach all of life.
I also remember just a few things that my mother told me about the births of my sisters. She talked about how they gave her an enema and shaved off all her pubic hair at the hospital, and how itchy the hair was when it was growing back in. She also talked about getting an episiotomy and how difficult it was to recover from that. I remember thinking, "no one is shaving my beaver, giving me an enema, or clipping my vagina open, NO WAY." Again, NCB seemed the way to go!
Also, I hate being still. I can't sit still or lie still for long and feel comfortable under any circumstance. So it was really important to me to be able to move around during labor. Again, NCB!
Living in Wisconsin with my partner of 20+ years and our DD(Born 10/09/08 ). Why CI Mama? Because I love contact improvisation!