In honor of World Doula Week (March 22nd-28th) I am going to be writing a 5 part Miniseries about Midwifery/Doulas and the natural home/center birthing.

This is a very important topic to me and I encourage everyone to talk about this topic openly.  I will make it easy and start it for us…

Almost a year ago I started looking into conception, pregnancy and birthing.  As I have stated before Mike and I have been together for almost 5 years and the topic of children has come up multiple times.  Due to the nut that I am, I have been doing a lot of online reading and research.   Not having children of my own (yet) I wanted to know EVERYTHING that a woman should and needs to know prior to conception.

Let me tell you now… there is A LOT of information that is thrown out there.  It was somewhat frustrating because at first I didn’t feel like I was getting all the right information.  I spoke with friends and family about their conception, pregnancy and birthing experiences – AND STILL – it didn’t feel right.

One night on my computer I found the documentary The Business of Being Born by Director Abby Epstein and Executive Producer AND famous actress, Ricki Lake.  I think I have watched this documentary about 3 times this past year.  There is even a second film by Abby and Ricki titled More Business of Being Born!  I cannot wait to watch it.  I highly recommend the documentary series for anyone and everyone wanting to learn about the business of birth.  It is eye-opening.

Website: http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/

After watching the documentary The Business of Being Born I was completely fascinated by natural, home and center births.  I have known only for a few short years about home births but was never truly informed until this past year.

I went online to search for birth centers, midwives and doulas around me to get some questions answered.  I stumbled across a grass-roots group right here in Minnesota and joined as a member, as well as their Facebook page.  I have been welcomed with open arms and every question I have asked has been answered by a number of individuals.  I have even had the pleasure of attending an information meeting last month and finally meeting some of these individuals face to face!

The board and group members are absolutely amazing!  They are informed, continuing to grow in knowledge and promoting the Midwifery model of care, as well as, woman’s rights when it comes to birth.  They are a community of support with so much to share with others.  I have received advice on what books to read, how to talk to Mike about what I want with our future birthing experience and where to find Doulas/Midwives close to where I live.

Here is some quick information about MFM:

Minnesota Families for Midwifery is described on their Facebook page as “…a grass-roots citizens’ organization promoting midwife-attended births at home, in birth centers, and in hospitals throughout Minnesota.”

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mfmidwifery/info?tab=page_info

Email: info@mfmidwifery.org

Website: http://mfmidwifery.org/

But I know that it is so much more!  I look forward to contributing as a member to this organization in any way possible.  I feel so empowered by these women and families (yes some of the men are all in on it too)!  It has driven me to continue learning about natural home/center birthing.

For so many women my age, I feel that we aren’t informed properly about OUR choices.  I was born in a hospital, my mom was and my grandmother was – it is seen as the “Norm”.  Too many women don’t know or understand that the Hospital isn’t the “NORM” – it’s a money-maker.  I know that when I have my birthing experience I don’t want to be considered a “money maker” – I want to be treated like the strong and powerful woman that I am.  I am currently working on becoming healthier for many reasons – and one of them is for conception.  I want to be as healthy as possible to be considered low risk for a natural home/center birth.  This is a very important goal for me.  I will keep you updated on my progress and some of the options I am looking into.

Stay tuned for more information about natural home/center births and the Midwifery Model of Care this week!

Thank you all for reading!

And until next time – Take care!

*Amanda ❤