Why a homebirth? The real question is, Why a hospital birth? Let's further look into that. I think to start the journey one must know what birth is.
When I search for the definition of birth this is what comes up: the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being
Powerful if you think about it. 'A baby or other young emerges from the body of its mother'. That sentence tells you; strength, transition. 'The start of life as a physically separate being'. That sentence tells you; independence, the beginning.
When I search for the definition of a hospital this is what comes up: an institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.
Quite a different feeling, yes? Not so powerful, or independent, or strong.
If life as a separate being begins at birth then the care, support, and environment should be supportive of that.
The woman who's releasing the new being…
I think when my first daughter was born is when something sparked inside of me to better the earth and the beings on it. It was a small spark back then so it's infancy didn't show much change in my life, maybe a few food choices that were different. I remember removing partially hydrogenated oils at first and making sure my daughter had at least "one green a day" but that was all.
I guess subconsciously I realized that how I left the earth was what she would have to deal with and I certainly didn't want to leave her a mess. I also think my growing understanding of what you put out is what you get pushed me to want to put out good so I could get good.
So I can safely say this journey really started 16 years ago when she arrived but the effort is just beginning now. You see going zero waste and being eco-friendly isn't easy. We actually used to have to do physical labor before all these desks jobs arrived. An effort is necessary since the earth puts out effort …