We recently welcomed our fourth baby via a delightful planned home birth. It was only three weeks ago, but it feels like it’s been three long months. The newborn’s slow, sleepy routine makes the entire family, especially the mother, slow down and enjoy those still, quiet moments. It’s a great time for self-reflection and recollection of past events, and it’s a perfect opportunity to write my tribute to home birth and to my wonderful midwives.
As a parent and as a business owner, I interact with many professionals from a variety of fields, and I often hear them complain that online information sharing is threatening their professional credibility. For example, many doctors accuse their internet-savvy patients of “letting Google be their doctor” when their patients doubt the doctor’s advice or want to supplement it with online research. Other experts such as scientists and teachers also get offended when they encounter skepticism coming from the average people who are supposed to bow to the professional authority and take the expert’s word as a gospel.