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For the past week or two, my pregnant wife has been noticing the first signs of baby movement, and tonight, for the first time, I felt it for myself. Really quite an amazing experience! I rested my head and hands on her slightly swollen belly and within a few minutes I felt the baby move several times, each time confirmed by my wifes smiling face and nodding head.
This simple event makes the pregnancy become that much more real, for both of us.
There REALLY IS a little LifeMage in there!
Anyways, this brings us to seek answers to some of the questions that arise with a due date that slowly approaches.
A few years ago I dated a doula, studying midwifery at the time, and who is now a midwife. I learned a lot about natural birth, hospital birth and birth in general.
I will do everything I can to find alternatives to the impersonal, cold, technology dependent birth that most hospitals provide (here or at home). I personally know atleast 5 practicing midwives back home (in Canada) but it seems finding any here would be another story.
Does home birth exist here?
Are there any midwives in Shanghai?
I just read an article about a hospital here that has a water birthing pool, that seems like a step in the right direction. Ideally, we’d want to have a water-birth, at home, with an experienced midwife present.
Am I dreaming? could that happen here?
I’m not sure if flying back home to have the child is an option…but it’s something we would consider.
I’ve also day-dreamed of flying one of my midwife friends over to assist in the birth, but it’s not likely something I could afford.
So, does anyone know of any natural birth options in Shanghai?