Normally I trend a little towards the crunchy end of life. I make bread from scratch. I garden. I breast fed all four of my children, including my youngest who is still nursing. I wore them in slings around town. I homeschool. But there are just some places I won’t go. I don’t own a pair of sweats and only wear comfortable shoes when I’m mowing the lawn. I actually have a hair style and have to replace my lipstick more than once every couple of years. And as much as I’d like to think that I’m the sort of counter-cultural “it’s all natural and good” sort who would be able to give birth at home, that just ain’t ever happened and ain’t ever going to happen. I tried to consider it, I really did. But all I could think was, “what a mess. Why the heck would I want that mess in my house? Don’t they know who has to clean up around here?”
By all appearances, Ricki Lake feels quite differently about it than I do. (Of course she probably has the money to pay someone to clean her house!) She’s just made a movie taking on the “birthing industry”. It follows her through her second pregnancy as she considers and eventually chooses to give birth at home. Apparently, homebirthing is far more common in other developed countries than it is here in the states. According to Wikipedia only .6% of births in America take place at home compared to Denmark where 80% of women give birth at home. That hurts my crunchy little heart – we’re losing! I don’t want to do it, but if Ricki (who looks HOT, BTW) can start a trend, good for her.