Midwife = home birth supporter right?
Unfortunately, not always.
Let's dig deeper.
"Wow you are so brave" and other stupid things people say when you tell them you are planning a home birth
I remember being pregnant with my third baby and pretty often, after telling someone was I birthing at home I would get met with the following comments:
WOW YOU ARE SO BRAVE (not said as a compliment)
AREN'T YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR BABY?
OH, I JUST COULD NEVER TAKE THAT RISK
aaaand many many more.
And I would sit there pretty shocked that
a. they thought it was appropriate to say that to a pregnant person
b. that they thought their opinion mattered to me
c. that they thought their opinion was one based in truth
d. that they actually thought hospital birth was the safer choice
Let's bust some hospital birth myths shall we?
Samantha Garcia Gagnon is a birth worker in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia. She has a special focus on supporting physiologic home births and shares her years of experience and knowledge in this blog.
Proudly supporting home birthing families in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam. Port Moody, Langley,
Surrey and New Westminster.
Filled with gratitude to be living and working in the unceded and ancestral home of the Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Kwantlen, and
Semiahmoo First Nations.