Dang, I forgot about this thread until just today, doing some research for my own UC talk happening tomorrow.
*What drew you to UC?
A feeling of wrongness about having people present who are not intimately connected to me and the baby; as well, the belief that the birth process unfolds most normally under the least amount of distraction and inhibition.
*What was your biggest fear before you UC'd? How did you feel about that fear after UCing?
My only real fear was that the baby would go into respiratory distress after the birth. I feel it's a totally reasonable fear to have, as it's obviously a possibility (if remote in a healthy mother and undisturbed birth,) but I'm sorry that I spent time worrying about it because that in itself was not productive.
*Was it difficult to have both partners agree to UC?
My husband was initially more comfortable having a midwife come, but no, it was not at all difficult to bring him around. Just took time and understanding.
*Did you do your own prenatal care?
I took care of myself and was aware of my state of health, certainly, but did not do most of the things usually thought of as "prenatal care". I had no ultrasound, no blood tests, no GD test, did not assess my urine, did not measure my fundus for growth, did not weigh myself, etc. This was all, by the way, very intentional rather than neglectful in nature. I did take my blood pressure twice when the way I was feeling warranted it, and I determined and had verified by a midwife the position of baby and placenta.
*Were you prepared for emergencies, deviations of normal?
*What resources did you look into before making your choice?
The writings that were most influencial in my choices were by doctors Michel Odent and Sarah Buckley, specifically their work in detailing the hormonal process of birth and what the ramifications are of interfering with it.
*What (to you) is the highest benefit to UCing?
A normal birth and postpartum, and by extension a centered, unstressed mother who is able to care for her family with her natural instincts intact. And obviously, the affects of this harmony keep rippling outward.
*What did you do with your other children (if you had others) while birthing?
This last time my oldest son very much wanted to be present for the birth. We thought that probably the two middle children would go to their grandparents' house if the labor began getting intense during the day, but as it happened the family was sleeping as I labored through the night and gave birth early in the morning.
*Have you had any legal trouble with your choice to UC?
Not at all.