I want to start this post by saying that just because I opted for an all-natural home birth for the birth of my son, I do not believe that everyone should do the same. I believe that women should give birth where they feel most safe. If that means in a hospital setting, and in the care of a OBGYN/surgeon, then that is where they should give birth. One thing I feel VERY strongly about though, no matter where you plan on giving birth, is that you should be educated about pregnancy, and the birthing process so that you can make all of your choices (where to birth, who you want in the room, epidural, vaccinating, vitamin k shot, circumcision, etc) from an informed place. This is what I like to call having an “informed pregnancy”. There is so much power in it. It is about understanding the miraculous process that your baby and body are going through, what the natural stages of labor are, and what your body is designed to do. When you know what your body is doing and what to expect, it eliminates the fear that many women have around birth. Now, some people might be thinking, “Why do I need to know all that? My doctor knows what to do and I’ll just leave it all in their hands”. Well, I believe that way of thinking leads to many unnecessary interventions (pitocin, epidural, episiotomy), unnecessary cesarean sections and most of all, it leaves many women feeling disconnected from and disappointed in their birth experience. On the other hand, being educated on, not only pregnancy and labor/birth, but also on all of the options in the hospital (fetal monitoring, pain relief, routine newborn procedures, and more) empowers couples to be active participants in their birth experience.
For me to get to this place of knowledge with all things pregnancy, labor and birth, I read many books, watched dvds, went to multiple classes/workshops, and talked to many experts. Well, I have just come across a DVD series that has all of this valuable info in one place and looks amazing. It is called Healthy Happy Child. I have not watched them yet, only the trailer, but I can tell based on the experts that are interviewed that it is totally on track with what I believe and that it’s number one goal is to educate couples in an effort for them to eliminate fear around pregnancy, labor and birth and to empower them to take an active role in the birthing process instead of a passive one. And that, I am all for.