I thought of two parts of the birth story that I left out...
1) Real conversation I had with a young medical student.
Young man - Enters the room, greets me, and sees my birthing ball. He says, "You are the one with the ball. I had never seen one of these before."
Young man - "Yeah. I saw the nurse in the hallway with the ball, and I asked her if they were going to do Pilates in the break room."
I had to work very hard to keep my composure! I did tell him a little about the virtues of the birthing ball... hopefully that young doctor-to-be learned something that day!
2) State law in MO mandates that Baby has to receive antibiotic on his eyes after birth! We asked to speak with the pediatrician, because our desire was that Baby not receive un-needed antibiotics. (The cream is to be used to protect the newborn's eyes from any STDs the mother has.) We told the pediatrician that he could see on my chart that I am free from disease, but he said that is does not matter. He told me that it is a misdemeanor for the attending pediatrician, if the Baby is not treated with the cream. He told me that he could lose his license. So, Baby Josiah had to get antibiotic cream.
I will say this to mothers in MO... if you do not want your baby to have the eye cream, have a home birth! And, whatever state you live in, ask in advance what your state law is... I mistakenly assumed that it would be my choice. I was wrong.
I will try to get to the after-birth stories soon...