I have received a ton of questions regarding my decision to use cloth diapers and also my choice of birthing method.
Let's talk cloth diapers. Reasons why I want to use cloth diapers:
1. Better for the environment. Did you know that the average child uses between 6 and 8 THOUSAND diapers?!
2. The cost. With the average child using that many diapers the cost is exponential. Cloth diapers have come a long way in the last decade. Most cloth diaper options can be used from birth until they're potty trained. Then, consider the fact that you can even reuse them for the next child!
3. Better for the baby. The toxic chemicals used in diapers cause diaper rash and other problems for the baby.
4. Cloth diapers are super cute! I want these or these.
There are many more reasons why I want to use them, but those cover the big ones. There are numerous articles on the subject - this one gets to the point quickly.
This leads me to why I'm the nutty woman that wants to birth my child naturally (without drugs and little assistance from doctors/nurses). I have decided to do hypnobirthing. The biggest question I get is people wondering if I'm going to be hypnotized. The answer is no - I will not be hypnotized. It's self relaxation. It will basically look like this: when we get to the hospital I will have no drugs, no machine hook-ups, the lights will be dimmed, we'll have soothing music playing and I want the freedom to move around and birth my child as I please. If anyone has been to a yoga class I equate the mindset of hypnobirthing to that of the last segment of a yoga class - when you are coached into a relaxed state through breathing and meditation. Here is more information on hypnobirthing. Now, I know I'm going to get some feedback on this. Some will be positive and I'm expecting negative feedback as well. I've received both. Before you start in on me - please know that I do realize that this is my first baby and I, of course, do not understand fully what giving birth will feel like. I get that! But, this is my plan. I'm prepared for the fact that births don't always go according to plan. I fully intend to keep this plan unless it becomes a medical emergency and I have to alter the birth.