Hello Alicia and Donutmolly,
thanks to both of you for your responses...they have been very helpful... We have since decided to stay in the states until the birth of our baby...given the information i've been gathering, this has been a bit of a relief actually. Donutmolly, good for you for sticking w your interests re your next birth. i think it takes a lot of courage to go against the grain of those close to you. In reality my mother in law has no idea of our plans, to have the baby at home, here in the states! she grew up in rural Idaho in the '30's and considers, as you would expect, those highly medicalized births to be great progress, that i'd be denying myself, and our baby of... then again, hopefully, she's learned a thing or two from our lifestyle. our children eat organically, and it hasn't killed them yet! who knows. i appreciate your comments both of you. I certainly hope the concept of 'progress' as mentioned earlier, can broaden in Chinese society.
Alicia, you mentioned actually, the possibility of putting an ad out there online in China, and i was wondering what you thought of the possibility that there is policing going on in which someone on the look out might flag such an advertisement (for a homebirth midwife); i would do it, advertise, but... i've heard it happens in China, on various other topics (political) restricting free speech. any thoughts?
Best to you both. Natasha (kiakahamama)