We chose to have a home birth because I know first hand the mind-set in a hospital. I have worked in hospitals for the last 12 years. Although my specialty is not labor and delivery, I have participated in many hospital births.
The "best" patient from the hospital's point of view is one who flows through the system without question--obeying commands and consenting to procedures. Any person who wants a different experience causes the hospital staff stress; therefore, that patient meets with resistance. We did not want to have to "confront" during the stress of labor.
The most important aspect of home birth for me was the atmosphere of trusting. Vickie truly trusted my body to give birth to Ian in a right way. When I needed encouragement, she would tell me how well Ian was doing and that the process was proceeding as it should. That calmed my heart and mind so I could let go of striving and let Ian come in the natural course. I can't emphasize enough how new it was for me to be surrounded by people who respect and trust the human body. In the hospital setting people like that are scarce.
We chose Vickie to be our midwife after interviewing several midwives. There were many reasons why we chose Vickie over the others: spiritual compatibility, flexibility, caring, friendliness, gentleness, concern, respectfulness. She did not let us down. Each quality we saw in the interview was genuine. We were not disappointed.
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