Lala invited us to visit her church's birthing facility to meet their midwife, Mama Chato. I went with my breastfriend, Velvet Roxas and her husband, Atan. Velvet had recently been certified as a birth doula and I will write more about her in a future post.
We visited one Sunday after the church's service. We were led to a room within a church which was set-up with the requirements for a natural birth - a bathtub, birthing stool, bed - complete facilities.
Natural birthing advocates have emphasized that lying on your back is the worst position for laboring moms. At this facility, moms are encourage to walk around, use the birthing ball, go in the water, do a dance with their husband to encourage the labor to progress swiftly and naturally.
If you want more details about whether you can give birth at this facility, it is best that you contact the Cathedral of the King by visiting their website.
While I had a natural birth with E, I was still not allowed to labor in my preferred position and I was asked to stay in bed. I found that the better position for me was to labor on my side. You can read about my own learnings from birth here. How was your own birth experience?