As a young woman I knew that I wanted to birth my babies at home and breastfeed, I don’t know exactly where these ideas came from except that it just felt like the natural and right choice for me to make (and also I think that I had at least one ancestor who was quite possibly persecuted in England for practicing midwifery. What?! it’s entirely possible:) Anyways, I didn’t know anyone who had done either of these things, I just assumed that women still had homebirths because in my mind there just wasn’t any reason not to.
So that is my introduction into the world of homebirths. A little while after having my first baby, I became active in the newly formed NB Midwives Association…I was the treasurer actually…and our goal was to bring registered midwives into the province so that more women could have the option to birth at home and not have to pay for it out of pocket.
Honestly if I had allowed myself to follow my instincts earlier I would of had my third baby with a traditional birth attendant and not the midwife that I did hire. I had had a miscarriage before this pregnancy and although my head knew it happened bc it was not a healthy baby, my heart and ego were hurt and my confidence in my body slumped. So I let fear make my decision and I chose the midwife who I knew would be very clinical and overly cautious, to no fault of her own, she was providing me with the type of care that she thought was best.
I think women should have access to all different birthing options but not at the expense of another’s choices. That is the biggest downfall I see with having registered midwives in NB or as it stands in NB since 2012 (or somewhere near there, I don’t keep current on the political crap) a midwifery act that states only registered midwives are allowed to attend homebirths.