This week I have been pre-occupied with birth, I am not particular worried but I am constantly thinking about it. I am 30wks PG now and I tried to register for Bradley birthing class but non close by that was not full so I gave up, my fault, I was late. I have ordered three birthing books and will be reading a lot in the coming weeks. I feel totally not prepared for birth.
A few months ago I was watching a documentary on TV on traveling midwives in E.thiopia that go to remote areas and teach women prenatal and birthing care. During the documentary they had a midwife interview a woman in her mud hut and asked her where she usually give birth. The hut is pretty small and only one room. So the woman gets up and guides the midwife outside and takes her to another little hut where the chickens and animals are kept and says she labors in the main hut and when it is almost time to have the baby she comes to the hen house and give birth on the mud floor so she doesn't mess up the main hut. Every time I think of birth I think of that woman. Being from E.thiopia it touches me close to my heart, she looks like me and talk the same language but our experience are vastly different. Here I am sitting on my recliner reading on natural birth, hospital birth, pain killer, what baby items to buy and so on and it always brings me back to this woman and I say to myself to relax and to think of how lucky I am to have the privilege of better care and multiple options.