So I've been walking around these last 7months super happy with my decision and the support I've gotten regarding my choice to birth at home, completely oblivious to the fact that some people in my life think i am being reckless for the sake of having a birth to blog about...
Long story short, some important people in my life, who I know would never choose to birth at home, yet I thought new me well enough not make a decision like this lightly, actually think I am putting myself and baby at risk just for the experience.
Now, don't get me wrong, I completely understand with how birth is presented, the medical model being so dominate, etc, how people can be wary, even fearful of home birth. I understand how people in my life can have their doubts...but these people KNOW me. I expected they would know me well enough to know I've researched this, and I know what I am doing. I thought that my making this decision would make them want to understand more about home birth, and maybe even reduce their anxiety..boy was I naive.
So in the end, it doesn't really make me doubt my decision, or anything like that. But it's opened my eyes even more to how deep seated the fears and ignorance is about home birth. We are not talking about people who aren't smart and talking about highly independent, strong, women. Women I admire, look up too, educated beyond a 4year degree, who just blindly accept the medical model and make assumptions about home birth without even doing a shred of research! And trust me when I say me arguing with these people is of no use.
Oh well.. :-(