Rachel Heath

Intentional Living: learning to be fully present

Were You Born in a Gym?

For three months we’ve been debating about whether to do a home birth or go to a birthing center, since I’m not considering a hospital birth.  Much of this decision hinges on what kind of home we’ll be living in in January.

You see, I’d love to do a home birth.  I’ve heard great things about the individualized level of care you get from a midwife.  They visit you in your home, take as much time with you as you need, and get personally involved in your life.  However, the thought of having a baby in our (not large) apartment isn’t my favorite thought.  There’s probably plenty of room, but I’m honestly concerned with bothering our neighbors.  Never had a baby before, but I’m under the impression that it’s not exactly a quiet affair.  And as we don’t know if we’ll be in a house or an apartment, it’s tough to decide right now.
That’s why I’ve been leaning toward a birthing center, but I’m a little disappointed about this.
Then, I had a thought.  It happened this morning while Stephen and I were working out.  One great thing about our apartment complex is the full-service gym in the clubhouse.  There were some meat heads doing free weights when we came in, and I suddenly remembered why I never, ever, ever go to the gym without my iPod.  While I was listening to the three of them grunt and moan and breathe heavily and generally make unnecessary noises for twenty minutes, this brilliant idea occurred to me.
Why don’t I just give birth in the gym?  No one would notice… because it almost always sounds like someone is pushing out a baby in our gym, anyway.
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4 thoughts on “Were You Born in a Gym?

  1. In addition, it is not rare for one guy to be spotting another guy going "push-push-push." We'd totally fit right in 🙂

  2. hahaha! That's a great idea. Though I'm not sure that the other occupants of the gym would appreciate it.

  3. I don't appreciate the other occupants of our gym… so it's an even deal.

  4. That would be awesome! If you feel you need to walk during labor, you have the treadmill there, you could use the stationary cycle, etc. I think it is a great idea.

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