Some would say the simple act of birthing at home is “hardcore.”
And that is true. While the percentage of women who give birth at home has risen in the past few years, those of us who choose out-of-hospital birth still only make up 1% of the birthing population in the United States.
However, I will venture to say, there are women who birth at home, and then there are “hardcore home birthers.”
Hardcore home birthers show no hesitation nor present an ounce of shame when they ingest their own placentas. Yes, I mean eat, drink or swallow their placentas. (!!)
They are the women who free birth. Who spend more time fantasizing about birth positions than sex positions. They look at the size of a home’s bathtub before making the purchase. Hmm, could I submerge my entire body in that tub?
It turns out, I am one of these women.
Who woulda’ thunk? <wink>
In all seriousness, I never thought of myself this way. I suppose because home birth has always seemed right and natural to me. Heck, so much so that I gave birth to my first child at home. That qualifies me for “hardcore” home birthing status right there!
Right after my water broke. Two hours before I gave birth to my son. I could only handle about 3 contractions before she needed to be taken by Grandma. But yeah, looking back, that was pretty hardcore of me.
The biggest reason why I think I rocked my home birth was laboring and birthing my son practically unassisted.
I provided my own perineal support and pushed out his head. Then with the next contraction, Eric, with the support of our midwife, reached down and grabbed our newborn, placing him on my chest.
Speaking of Eric, he called me hardcore too.
Right as I was taking my first big gulp of a freshly blended placenta smoothie. “That’s a pink smoothie but it doesn’t have any strawberries in it!” Hahahaha…
So, what makes you a hardcore home birther?
Do you have frozen placenta in your freezer? Do you daydream about the day you gave birth as you gaze at the stain on the carpet in the living room?
The BBH fans at Facebook had quite a few answers to this question. Read their hilarious and inspiring answers here: You Know You’re a Hardcore Home Birther When…
p.s. The sake of this post is for shock, awe, humor and pride. Please don’t be offended if you don’t feel you qualify to be “hardcore.” The fact that you gave birth at all makes you incredibly awesome. Peace.