I love your quote for a Parenting Tip I am writing for ERGOparent.com. May I have your permission to include your quote....
I am a 34 year old mom of four (in austin) and I just had a home birth. I can't say enough about it, it was the best experience...my first two were in a hospital with meds. and the 3rd in the hospital natural (no time for meds) and we chose a midwife for the last birth. I learned more through this last pregnancy and birth than in all the previous births combined. You just have to be your own advocate because the healthcare system will try and make you feel like you are a bad person if you don't follow ALL of their advice...do lots of research and don't let anyone push you into doing anything you don't want...
At age 42, and 43, my friend gave birth to her 2nd and 3rd child! At home; 2 healthy, beautiful girls.
There are references in the bible of women giving birth in their 40s, and 50s, even. Not to mention Sarah giving birth at 70. The Wise Woman website gives lots of support for the deeper truths about birthing & steps to take to care for your body and baby and birthing well. There is much to be learned that is not the propaganda of the AMA.
Have confidence in your inborn strengths and beauty. You are woman!
Blessing & Cheers.