freedom, birth choices, parenting choices

Freedom of Choice


The beauty of living in America is we have options galore. We have the liberty and freedom to choose that which fits best for us. We can choose how and where we birth, we can choose our primary care providers, we can choose how the first few hours postpartum look for ourselves and our babies, we can choose how we parent. We have so many choices.

In many cases, we have the freedom to make those choices. We have the freedom to say, “This is how I want things to go.” and our desires are honored. We also have the freedom to change our minds if we find a choice we made isn’t right for us. We have the freedom to have a Plan B or even a Plan C.

However, there is one thing we are not free from…


With the freedom of choice, comes consequences. Every decision we make, has backlash of some kind. There are good, bad, and neutral consequences. We must consider these prior to settling on a choice. We must know the risks and benefits of our options before making decisions. We must look at both the immediate and long-term effects of those choices. Life as a parent is hard. Making decisions that affect not just our own lives, but also the lives of another human can feel overwhelming at times. However, there is no better person to make those choices than you.

At Sun State Doulas, we are here to support you and your family through every choice. We know that only you are capable of making the choices that are best for you and your family. You were chosen to parent this child. You have the wisdom, knowledge, skills, and resources to make the very best choice. You have one of the most valuable resources available to help guide you…freedom.

About the Author

Christine Santos

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Owner of Sun State Doulas, Christine is passionate about pregnancy, birth, and parenting issues that affect mainstream families. She is mother to 3 girls and is an active member of the roller derby community. Her favorite quote is, “Not my body, not my baby, not my birth, not my choice.”

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