While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took a class called Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease. One of the sections of the class was on birthing, and it was quite slanted toward midwifery, natural birth, water birth, etc. I had never thought of these types of births prior to the class, but after reading a lot of documents, research and seeing videos I knew that when I had kids, I was going to have a midwife and a water birth, if possible.
Fast forward about 7 years and here, I am – pregnant and big as a house. (The twins comments have not stopped and for the record, I am measuring EXACTLY where I should be, so there, all you people who say I am huge to my face). Matthew has always known that I wanted a midwife, so when we started talking about getting pregnant, I made an well-woman appointment at Vanderbilt Midwives, and I loved them immediately. Since getting pregnant, I have fallen even more in love with them. Amazing, smart, talented women who just seem to get it. The only downside is that Vanderbilt does not have a tub for water births, but maybe they will by baby number two.
The documentary The Business of Being Born just came out. I highly recommend that everyone see it – even if you are done having kids, or only ever schedule c-sections, etc. I think it does a really great job of talking about natural birth, midwives, and the benefits. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.