Natural childbirth is something that I am very, very passionate about. My "fun" reading for the past few years has been things like clinical studies, Ina May Gaskin, Henci Goer, and natural birth/home birth blogs.
Jerad and I have talked a lot over the 4+ years we've been together about pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I would share with him things that I was learning and studying and he's always been receptive. He's done a lot of reading and documentary watching. I knew he was on board with the way I felt, but honestly I thought he wasn't that opinionated. Sort of like how he is with the way we eat; he knows the reasons, has read the research, knows its important to me, supports it and even likes making most things from scratch so that we avoid chemicals and additives in our diet. BUT he is also more than fine when we eat at someone else's house or a restaurant and they are serving white bread/pasta, high fructose corn syrup, processed foods and a big hunk of hormone-laden meat.
Last night Jerad was talking on the phone to one of his best friends that lives up north. I was watching Project Runway (is Heidi Klum ever NOT pregnant on this show?) and not paying very much attention. It started getting harder to focus on the TV because he was talking louder and sounding all excited. I thought he must be talking about one of his solar projects because that's usually when he gets all worked up on the phone. After a few minutes, I realized that he was talking about birth choices.
Listening to him talk on the phone and be so PASSIONATE about our choices and beliefs was amazing. He was bringing up statistics, and studies, and examples... using words like pitocin and dilation and sounding so excited about it at the same time.
He seriously had a 45 minute conversation (with another man) about labor and delivery. On purpose. I guess my only point of this post is that my husband is awesome and its amazing to be having a baby with someone who is not only so excited, but so supportive.