We went to a home birth information session tonight at the midwives' office. Two couples shared their own experiences going through a home birth with a group of about a dozen couples. It was really quite neat to hear first hand from some recent parents how the home birth experience was. They shared their stories and then answered any questions. They even spent some time mingling with the group informally and answering more questions one on one.
The midwives also had all of their equipment out on a table for everyone to see. They went through what all the items were and what they might be used for during a home birth. It was really quite amazing how much stuff they have (They joked that they don't have any trunk space left for anything else - We believe them). They carry enough oxygen to go to Toronto and back (each). They can basically do anything that a hospital can do short of intubating a baby. It was also nice to see some of the equipment in action (the suction device for example) and understand why it might be used instead of wondering what all this stuff is when you get to delivery time.
They also handed out a very thorough study on home births including how many had issues, what those issues were and how that all compared to non-home births. All in all it was very reassuring to see some concrete numbers showing down to the individual that home births are not really any more risky and hospital births assuming the right basic conditions are met. If you are a good candidate for a home birth it really does seem to make sense as an option due to the less intrusive and stressful environment.
We've been looking into cloth diapers for Elizabeth and today we went to check out the options at a local cloth diaper place.
Cloth diapers are very appealing to us for a number of reasons:
Ottawa Cloth Diapers is a home-based business run out of Rockland (20 minutes outside Ottawa). The owner Vicky has a dizzying number of different kinds of diapers in stock to look at and compare. A mom herself (she's actually due with her second around the same time as I am), Vicky really knows what she is talking about. We spent quite a bit of time going over the differences (it's like a whole new language!) and thinking about what would work for us.
Our options were actually quite limited by my need for natural fabrics - I was very glad we decided to go and look at what was there and checking out what it felt like! In the end we decided to go with prefolds, diaper covers and a disposable liner.
Prefolds are super cheap compared to the pocket diapers or "All in Ones" (equivalent to disposables) and the materials used don't make my skin crawl! We liked the idea of being able to use the prefolds as cloths - they seem more versatile. Plus some of the diaper covers have frogs on them. How could we resist? In addition to the Super Whisper Wraps we also got a few Polar Bummis which are a soft fleece.
The disposable liner idea is something I'd never noticed when researching options online, but the idea of having a flushable liner for poopy diapers was what really sold Brendan on trying out cloth diapers, and it sounds like a good compromise.
Since we're doing cloth diapers, we decided we would try doing the cloth wipes thing as well. A little less in the way of chemicals and garbage seems to make sense. We decided to try Ottawa Cloth Diaper's wipes sampler package since we have no idea which we'll find most useful.