A lot of people have asked why I'm going to Utah or a birthing center to have a baby.....
My first 3 babies were born in the hospital. My first baby was 9 lbs. 8 oz. and she was only a couple days late. I had a lot of frustrations when I had her - the doctor, the nurses, the epidural....I hated it!
Since my first was so big they decided to induce the next 2. I had an epidural with baby #2. I hated it and the hospital experience. I had an intra-thecal with #3. I hated it the worst....it didn't take any pain away and I was itchy EVERYWHERE!!! My doctor made a couple of interesting comments..... I had no pain medication and I was strapped down to a bed and really struggling pushing the baby out. I was telling him I felt like I needed to be upright to push and he said "well, it's easier for me this way". Then at the end of it all he said something about it being a good thing I had relatively easy deliveries. In other words I was a big baby. I hate arrogant doctors that have never given birth themselves but can say mean things to women experiencing it.
I don't normally like to say hate but that's how I feel about my first 3 labor and deliveries, besides the fact that I did not like having nurses who didn't know me at all coming and bugging me when I had just fallen asleep - pushing on my tummy and the like. I did not like the sterile ugly environment of a hospital.
So, with the next baby I tried the birthing center that was only about 40 minutes from where we lived.
Totally different experience. Beautiful room. Queen size bed with a beautiful, soft down comforter. A loving, caring midwife who stayed with me the entire time. I was never strapped down to a bed or any iv's or ANYTHING. I felt so empowered having my babies naturally. I had the next 3 babies there and I especially loved having water births.
When we moved to Pocatello there was no birthing center anywhere near. There's one they call a birthing center but it's really just a building where women birth right next to the hospital. It's exactly what I want to avoid. I found a birthing center in Holladay, Utah with a midwife that I love even more than anyone I've ever gone to. I had my last baby there and it was the best experience yet! Becky has a way of making me feel calm and in control like noone else. She is AWESOME!
One reason I'm not afraid to drive 2 1/2 hours to have a baby is that I have been induced with every baby. At the birthing center they do not use pitossin. They put a little homeopathic pill in my mouth until my labor starts. When I start having heavy contractions I get in the big jetted tub and it eases a lot of the pain away. When the baby comes they pull her out of the water and put her on me. She's perfectly clean and alert.
It's actually fun to go to my appointments in Utah because my mama's there and we always have lunch and go shopping before I go home again.
I won't have to go to any more appointments though...I'm getting started a week from today. So, I guess she won't have her birthday on Valentines Day!
Dave at the birthing center with Elli right after she was born
Becky (my midwife)