Lauren Bialystok is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto
I used to think of home birth as something vaguely counter-cultural. That’s not me. When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought that giving birth in a hospital under the care of midwives would strike the perfect balance between medical security and holistic support.
Like most women who are accustomed to a certain measure of autonomy, I had a birth plan. I wanted to labour at home as long as possible and go to the hospital once active labour was underway. I wanted to move around freely during labour. I wanted my midwife to deliver my baby. I wanted an epidural to be available, but hoped to use natural pain reduction methods instead.
The birth did not go as planned ...continue reading