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 …
I often get families who choose not to do a homebirth because they're afraid that "something might happen". It's a valid fear however it shows the lack of understanding of what a Midwife is and what she does.
Midwives training is designed to know what the normal process of labor is, how it varies, and when are those variables actual red flags. We then have training to prepare us for the "what if's". It's why we have to carry oxygen, resuscitation equipment, IV supplies, antibiotics, suturing equipment, pitocin, and our homeopaths and herbs. We very much understand the natural process and like to prepare for quick changes.
We also are trained how to handle those quick changes in a comfortable, natural, calm setting with mom and family close by to understand what's happening and be involved in the choices that will need to be made.
It's sad to see a birth choice made, that wasn't the true birth choice, simply because a family didn't un…