First, let me state that I totally respect everyone else's labor decisions. I don't know what's right for you, only for myself, and I'm pretty sure that my own notions will change once I find myself in the thick of it.
Having said that, respecting others' decisions does not mean that I understand them. For instance: Homebirthing. Really? Labor is Messy. Are you kidding me? I can understand desiring the comfort of your own home and no nurse coming in every 20 minutes to poke you. BUT having to clean up the mess in your own home? NO THANKS. I would much rather leak all over the hospital, the hospital's bed, the hospital's gowns, the hospital's towels, etc. I would also much rather, should I accidentally "make" while pushing, do so on the hospital's floor. I already have to clean up "makings" from the cats and will soon be cleaning up the "makings" of a Little Baby Human. But all of the fluid and the blood, and let's not forget the after birth - no thanks. I'll let people who GET PAID take care of all of those things.
Something else I don't get: elective cesareans. Seriously? I would never CHOOSE to have my entire abdomen sliced open from hip to hip. Sure, you don't have to go through labor, but I have NOT heard good things about the recovery process. No thanks. I'd rather take the pushing and ring of fire and all that other stuff (in a HOSPITAL or birth center) than to be almost completely cut in half. Granted, an emergency cesarean = totally different story. Even a cesarean after having previously had a cesarean. But I've read studies on women who choose to have a cesarean because they think it is better for the human body. Really? Let's weigh the evidence here, shall we? A Recent Study which says that cesareans are better for women's bodies or, I don't know, Millenia of Evolution and Human Reproduction. Gee, which would be more reliable? Now, I'm not discounting science and medical research. But going completely against centuries of human survival just sounds completely asinine. The human body has evolved all kinds of coping mechanisms to deliver a child.
Coping Mechanism #1: the hormones coursing through my body that currently make me feel like I'm a turkey on Thanksgiving day and someone is currently trying to REMOVE MY THIGH by WRENCHING it violently from the socket. It also makes all of my other joints loose, which means that I woke up this morning with a shoulder that felt like it was completely separated from the rest of my body. This will make my hips separate enough to pass a Little Baby Human through there.
Coping Mechanism #2: all of my internal organs migrate. I can't walk up the four stairs from the family room to the kitchen without huffing and puffing. This also means that my digestive tract is pinched - 'nough said on that front.
Coping Mechanism #3: in order to accommodate the growing Little Baby Human inside me, my digestive tract has slowed down to allow for greater absorption of nutrients from the foods I eat. Again - 'nough said on that front.
There are numerous others, but frankly, I'm tired now. LOL Again. So I'm going to pick the kitty up and make her take a nap with me while I continue growing this Little Baby Human. And praying that there's only six weeks left, instead of eight. And frankly, I have two of the cutest cats ever. See for yourself.
9 months ago