In celebration of International Day of the Midwife, may I introduce Pam. She is awesome. I can not believe how lucky I was to find her. Interviewing midwives is rather like dating and job searching at the same time.Pam and her student midwife, Alison. This was her first birth as a student. She was awesome and acted as a doula for me. While I buried my head in our recliner (see above picture) she put pressure on my back. This job was taken over by Will during Natalie's birth. Alison is a licensed midwife now.
Giving birth was hard. I won't lie and say it didn't hurt. During Natalie's birth there were times when I wondered what in the world I was doing and wished I was at the hospital with an epidural. But I am glad we had them at home. I am thankful that I had the support to birth the way I felt was best for the baby, my family and most of all for me.
I am thankful to have the option to birth at home, in a birth center or hospital, to have the option of midwife or doctor. I feel blessed to have those choices, though a little sad that many insurance companies do not cover homebirth midwives. (Many cover midwives in the hospital or freestanding birth center.)
Thank you, Pam. Thank you, Alison and Alicia (her student for Natalie's birth). You will always be tops in my book.