I consider home birth to be my greatest achievement. It was a beautiful birth for Baby Magnifique, but I, too, was born that day as a mother, as was my partner, as Louis’ father. Six weeks on, we still look back joyfully on that powerful event, feeling blessed to have begun our family life in such a special way.
We chose a home birth for many reasons, not least because the numbers show that home birth is in fact safer than hospital birth. I’ll probably be covering this in a future post, but suffice to say we did all the research and felt that home birth was the optimal choice for us.
Let me underline that I’m absolutely not telling you what kind of birth you should have, nor am I judging anybody’s choices around birth. I simply want to share my happy birth story as a beacon of hope for mothers-to-be, as I certainly would have liked to hear more positive stories during my pregnancy.
Birth deserves to be reframed. Labouring women shouldn’t be seen as patients with a dangerous condition, and giving birth doesn’t have to be the scary medical emergency that we see so often in the media. To refuse the anxiety-inducing hospital environment by taking birth back into the home is to provide the best conditions for your innate capacity to birth be expressed.
Natural labour offers women a personal opportunity for empowerment. Having traversed labour fully conscious, I now know the extent of my strength. With no drugs to dampen the sensations, I was forced to abandon myself to the process, dig deep, and unbury a forgotten confidence in my ability to meet challenges head on. My experience showed me that I am a force of nature. And when life as a new mother took over, this knowledge was key.
Here’s my story, filmed at the house in which Baby Magnifique was born.
*Amis français – il y a des sous-titres, il faut cliquer sur CC*
I will forever treasure my labour experience, and I hope that more and more women will be able to experience this awesome rite of passage by choosing a non-medicalised birth whenever possible, confident in their own innate power to bring their babies into this world, naturally.
p.s. I’d like to thank our dear friend Hayley Cattini here, and also Ann’s mum, Carol, for sharing their inspiring and positive stories of natural birth with me in the run up to mine.