It’s almost quitting time!
And I’m excited. Thank goodness it’s Friday. I could do a Friday dance right here in my office chair. We have a few loose plans, but I’m mostly just looking forward to sitting on the couch and rectifying this sink situation.
It’s truly worse than it looks.
Made a lunch that results in minimal dirty dishes:
Some homemade vegetable soup (I would share the recipe but it’s pretty bland) with chips and hummus.
And later, an apple + sunflower butter. Hence, my green smile.
The highlight of my Friday was, no doubt, touring a local birthing center. We’re trying to decide where I will receive prenatal care and eventually give birth – either with my current OB-GYN at a hospital or with a midwife at a birth center or birthing center wing of a hospital (unfortunately, legal midwife-assisted home birth is not a viable option in North Carolina). So we’re touring a stand-alone, all-natural birthing center, a nearby hospital, and a hospital with a birthing center. I’m trying really hard not to go into it with any preconceived notions and have an open mind.
However, I am definitely leaning towards a more ‘holistic’ birth experience. I watched the Business of Being Born a few years ago and it completely transformed how I thought about birth (it’s on Netflix!).
The feel and language at the Carolina Community Medical Center, an all-natural birthing center, sure seemed to mesh with our values. I liked the midwife we met a lot. Plus, doesn’t this look like a nice place to deliver?
(They remove the sheets and put down a plastic pad, if you’re wondering – which I definitely was!)
The biggest drawback of the birthing center is that it’s out of network for our insurance and most likely entirely out of pocket – ouch. I hate to weigh my values against the bottom line, but I’ve got to be realistic. Oh, and it’s 25 minutes away. I know that’s not too far, but I feel it will take forever when I’m actually in labor. For comparison’s sake, there’s a hospital across the street from our house. Decisions, decisions.
While we were on the tour, I heard the cries of a freshly-born baby in the other birthing suite – and my heart soared! So exciting. It’s still strange to me to think that the end result of this whole process is a real, live baby.
Do whatever you feel is best for you and your future family! The birthing center sounds like a great option, but definitely pricey. Can you deliver with a midwife at your hospital?