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I was talking to my dad the other day and he mentioned that I had a passion for homebirth, which got me to thinking. Yes, I had a homebirth and yes, it was a wonderful experience – I hope that every woman can experience in their own way what I did. But it’s not homebirth in and of itself that I’m so passionate about. I’m passionate about the way women and babies are treated, no matter where they are – home, hospital, birthing center. I want birth to be a good experience, the experience it should be, for every mother and baby. Nature works. Our bodies and the birthing process are set up a certain way for a reason and I don’t think we can fully comprehend how important each step of the process really is. Although, we do understand why some things are important and why others harm more than help when they aren’t really necessary.

I feel like it’s all been written about before, but there are some specific interventions and procedures that I would like to talk about in more detail in future posts.

Pitocin use
Inductions
Internal exams
Manual extraction of the placenta
Misuse of suprapubic pressure
Lying on back vs. changing positions
Purple pushing
Episiotomies
IV & no food/drink
Electric Fetal Monitoring (EFM)
Cutting cord immediately
Taking baby away from mother vs. skin-to-skin contact

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Yes, I’m The Brave One

One thing that really annoys me is when someone tells me that I was so brave to have my baby at home. Why, yes, I’m brave…I avoided needles, scalpels, drugs and strange places. Actually, I would have been terrified and so scared in a hospital that my body would probably have sucked that baby up in my throat trying to keep it in my body. So, yes, if that was me being brave, then I’m braver than Superman. I usually respond with a remark about how I think anyone who births their baby in a hospital is brave, not me.

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The Day My Daughter Was Born – Part 2

Part 2 of my birth story:

Finally, around midnight, I got out of the tub and draped myself over the birth ball. Twenty minutes later Layla suggests she check my cervix, and did her first internal exam. And sure enough, she said I was only dilated to 3-5 centimeters (later she told my doula that I had been at a 6, but had gone backwards). Even though it really upset me, I had known that would be the outcome of the exam before she even suggested it. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Day My Daughter Was Born – Part 1

My birth story is pretty long, so I’m going to post it in a couple of entries. I changed some names to protect privacy.

My labor started at 4am on 1-11-2010 – two days passed my supposed due date. I had eaten some take-and-bake pizza the night before, and when I woke up I thought it had upset my stomach. I was nauseous and my stomach felt crampy (kind of like before I get my period). It didn’t take long for me to realize that the cramping was something completely different than indigestion. I tried falling back asleep, but wasn’t able too – mostly because of the excitement I was feeling. I didn’t wake my husband, Steven, yet. I wanted to make sure it was the real thing and didn’t want to jinx myself. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Regrets” From My Homebirth

As much as I loved my homebirth experience and will have any more births at home, I have a couple things I wish I would have done differently. I can’t wait to have another baby so I can improve upon my experience!

*I regret not being able to see my daughter actually come out of my body. Next time I will either be in a better position to watch (I was on my hands and knees the first time around and I can’t imagine being in any other position) or else I will recruit someone to video tape the birth. Actually, I will probably have someone video tape it either way. I want to be able to re-watch the whole thing! My memories are fading too quickly.
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Oops…Did That Make Me Sound Biased?

I think (okay, I KNOW) I sometimes come across to my friends and people I talk to as being anti-hospital, anti-intervention and anti-OB (and I’m working on that, really!). And sometimes I really feel that way. Then I have to remind myself that sometimes interventions CAN be helpful. And that not all OBs are Read the rest of this entry »

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My Journey to Choosing Homebirth

On a forum site, someone asked how we had come to be homebirthers; what had led us to birth our babies at home. This was my response (and it’s pretty long). I wrote it when I was two days shy of being 40 weeks pregnant. I gave birth six days later.

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