so after watching private practice, going through pregnancy, watching others on tv, and just being passionate about it, i'm considering becoming a midwife or doula
so many moms desire going natural with their pregnancy and childbirth, but they let society and the doctors get in their heads and next thing you know they're induced for "too big of a baby" or getting an unnecesearean [sp?]. lol. i don't think it's the lack of desire for natural pregnancy/birth, i think it's more of a lack of knowledge. i'm surprised at how many moms DON'T do research regarding such a major event in their lives. and it kinda breaks my heart.
as a mom who was induced and had to change her birth plan, it's obvious i don't think mothers are BAD if they don't homebirth or go to a birthing center. i'd just like to see more mothers getting the natural birth they desire, WHEREVER they decide to go and under ever-changing circumstances. i mean, it would've been so easy in the moment to get that epi and it wouldn't have made me a horrible person..but i know i would've spent a lot of time beating myself up about it afterwards. i want mothers to know they have OPTIONS. and furthermore, make these options available to those who are facing some financial hardship or insurance issues. dealing with Tricare, I couldn't get a referral out to a midwife bc of their regulations. We also couldn't afford to go to a birthing center bc of the out of pocket costs. So it'd be such a joy for me to be able to help other mothers in similar situations!
secondly, i'm part of a breastfeeding group on here, and that's inspired me to want to be a lactation consultant. there's SOOO much about BF that people don't know. if i hadn't found the group before austin was born, i'm sure i'd be FF him by now just because of all the "advice" that i get from people. again, formula isn't BAD, it's just second-rate. would you rather have hamburger helper or a thick, juicy steak seasoned specifically for your tastes at that very moment?! lol..that's kind of how i look at breastmilk.
in any case..i'm just passionate about this whole topic.