High Raw Vegan Pregnancy
We chose to not have a Midwife throughout my pregnancy. I never really had a good experience with Doctors. Since I was eating vegan and a high raw diet I could envision the potential frustration I would have with the Doctor/Midwife not understanding my lifestyle choices. The whole thing just stressed me out thinking about it. So after lots of prayer and discussion, my husband and I agreed to to an unassisted pregnancy and birth.
We educated ourselves and read lots of books. We did lots of research about all the medical things we should know about and what things require an ambulance and immediate hospitalization. We spoke monthly (after 6 months) with a friend of ours who is a Doula. She gave us confidence and reassured any concerns we had. She was really supportive and told us that if we needed her help at any time she could come.
As far as nutrition I listened to my body. When I craved broccoli I ate a case of 20 bunches in a month. I ate a head of lettuce or kale every evening, an abundance of fruit and a small amount of cooked food that included rice, potatoes, gluten-free pasta, tortillas, and split peas.
I didn't have the normal pregnancy issues. I only suffered from some back pain, which was helped by the chiropractor. I loved being pregnant and feeling all the kicks and movements. Overall, I was happy that I didn't have the frustration of the medical doctors telling me how to eat or even how to give birth. I totally recommend Midwife-assissted home births for the general population, since you need to be super healthy and confident in birth and emergencies to do an unassisted home birth.