So I have about 3 months left with this pregnancy and I'm starting to get really nervous about having a baby in a foreign country. Spain is really modern but everything I've been reading lately scares me. I was really excited to try a midwife and plan a natural birth this time. No, I'm not totally crazy. I just figure that if this baby comes anywhere near as fast as Stella I better be prepared for no epidural. Stella was born in under an hour after we got to the hospital. And my recovery was amazing with her. So I really wanted to plan on not having an epidural and a few other things. (I won't get graphic. It grosses me out too.)
The problem is Spaniards are very set in their ways. They really want to give you an epidural as soon as you get to the hospital. They don't want you walking around. They don't want to see a birthing plan. They want to schedule induction especially in August and September. The c-section rate is 43%. That's really high! And I can't find an english speaking midwife. And if I google spanish birth stories or anything like that I get horror stories.
Drew is totally fine with me going to the States and having the baby but that's just weird. Leave Drew and have him possibly miss the birth. I don't think so. What was I thinking when we decided to have a baby in Spain. I'm really excited for the baby just scared to death to "dar la luz".
Any suggestions or good birthing books would be helpful.