The scores of people I know who choose home birth don’t choose it for some sort of sentimental reason, either. Most are very well-educated about their bodies, their babies, how birth works in general and what their options are. I told a group of student nurses a few months back, “These (‘natural birth’) patients are going to know a lot more than you. Don’t be intimidated by that. Be grateful and learn from them.”
The last line of Terry’s column reads, “No matter the setting, the goal for each birth is a healthy mom and baby.” Agreed. And I would note that no one — No one! — could want that more than a mother herself. Even — or especially, depending on how you look at it — when she chooses to birth at home.
Goshen News columnist Stephanie Price is a wife, mother, teacher, childbirth educator, midwife’s assistant and nursing student from Elkhart. Contact her at email@example.com, 269-641-7249 or on Facebook at the page “Whole Family Column by Steph Price.”