I was thinking about my first two birth experiences in Tucson Arizona and how much I truly loved them. It's funny, but I think it's because of those experiences, that I have come to appreciate and, yes, even look forward to labor and birth. Here's a few pictures of where I had my first two:
I love the idea of birth centers. A place that is women/family centered, yet equipped to provide quick medical care. This particular birth center was just across the street from the hospital. Had I needed to, my CNM could come with me to the hospital and continued my care there, or I would have been given care by a physician that worked with her.
Now there are times at the hospital, where I have felt like "there, now that was a great birth center birth":) But so often that is not the case. So much of what happens centers around the needs of the institution and staff/doctors needs. So much of how we move women through, centers around what is the easiest way for the hospital and staff. To be sure, it is a difficult job to handle 1200+ births a months. I don't envy my nurse managers job, but how come our hospitals can't be more like a birth center?
There's a great blog here
I loved this midwifes suggestions. It's not really about natural vs epidural either. It's about working with the women to find the best plan that fits for her.....