Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Business of Being Born

Even before I was ready to start a family, I stumbled across this movie and was convinced that I'd one day use a midwife throughout my pregnancy. If you have Netflix, you can view this movie and the extended More Business of Being Born series with four more episodes. After researching for hours and hours, I had made up my mind. When we moved to the Houston area, one of the first things I looked up were birth centers. I found one in West Houston and it ended being only a mile away from my new job. 

In the last several visits, it's been a pleasure to work with such loving, caring midwives, and I couldn't imagine any other experience. I know I have absolutely nothing to compare my experience with, as this is my first child. But this feels right. I feel well-cared for, the midwives are personal, and the office feels much more like a home than a white-walled doctor's office. I trust the knowledge they've acquired and the head midwife has delivered nearly 600 babies (including 16 breeched babies).

When I happily announced my pregnancy to friends and family a few months ago, I was met with fear and concern from some. Was it safe? Would they know what to do during an emergency? What is the baby was breeched? What if I needed to be immediately transferred? Why did I choose NOT to get an epidural?! What the hell was wrong with me?!

So, without further ado, if you're remotely interested in an alternative to hospital births, check out the trailer below. It's one of my favorites, and I watch it every so often just because it's that interesting...

Ready to watch the full movie? Here it is below!

Kelsey is a passionate vegan living in Houston, Texas, spreading the word about the benefits of eating a healthy, plant-based diet. She's also a minimalist enthusiast, a self-proclaimed financial guru of her household, and founder of The Little Red Journal.

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