Last summer, a good friend of mine changed my life. She loaned me a copy of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, an amazing manual of stories, encouragement, and preparation for welcoming a child into your life. The book also provides quite a bit of information on different methods and places of birth, which I found to be incredibly eye-opening.
I know that many of our readers live in various countries. I am not familiar with childbirth regulations everywhere, and I also know that these regulations vary widely from state to state in the United States. Having had our first child, Julia Elise, this past May in our student housing apartment, I can speak very highly of the homebirth process. I know it’s not for everyone! I suppose I’m only hoping to accomplish what my good friend did last year for me, in sharing a book that enlightened me more than I can say and gave me ample food for thought.
Here are a few facts, and of course I’d be glad to answer any questions about my own experience!