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It's my body, simple as that.

I was diagnosed in 2004 with Crohn's disease. The journey I went on with various doctors gave me some great insight to the medical world. I soon realized that I knew my body better than anyone else. Many of these doctors ordered tests, analyzed results and wrote prescriptions without uttering more than a few sentences to me. No one cared to ask me about my feelings, physically and emotionally. When I found out I was pregnant in 2009 I knew I had to stay in control of my body, for both my and my baby's sake. It didn't take long to realize that the care of a midwife would provide that for us. We had a beautiful hospital birth with no interventions. I felt in control and most importantly, Respected. I appreciate the knowledge and technology that doctors bring to the table. But I don't believe it should be our first resort. My body, my decisions, Simple as that.

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