My sons were born at home. Their labors were fast, low-risk and love-filled. Without the interference of drugs, we were free to come together in the natural euphoric state of endorphins (and oxytocin!) which greatly enhance the joy and comfort of natural birth. While I delivered both times in a birth tub, my husband and I took our new baby each time to our own bed, where our midwives (Karen and Sue from Blessed Beginnings) gently administered all the newborn screenings, right there on the bed with us, then let us be together quietly as a family. We laid awake all night, gazing at our child in awe, love and amazement in the comfort of our own home.
This might be shocking to some readers. I guess it isn’t if you live in Spain, where this mattress commercialis aired, depicting a young family (Carolina and Nicholas Umpierrez of Barcelona, Spain), delivering their second baby at home, right there on the mattress where they delivered their son, who also attends the birth. I thought it was so beautiful, I cried.
The slogan for the ad campaign reads, “Tu cama, el lugar más importante del mundo,” or “Your bed, the most important place in the world.” Whether bed is the most important place may be debatable, but one thing I know for certain is natural childbirth is just that: natural.
If you are considering a homebirth and have questions, please feel free to contact me. If you have a list of all the complications which may have occurred during my two births, please do not trouble yourself by sending it. A good midwife will help a pregnant woman make responsible decisions to facilitate a low-risk birth, and will advise a hospital delivery if she detects the necessity.