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Planning For a Home Birth

Can I Have a Home Birth? Many expectant mothers who are experiencing a normal pregnancy and do not have any medical or obstetrical risk factors might be able to give birth at home. Being able to have a home birth will allow an expectant mother to labour and deliver in familiar, comfortable surroundings. At home,…
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I Think We’ll Stay In Tonight

On August 15th, 2008, right around 2:20am, I looked at Daryl and pleaded, “I just want to go home; please can we just go home? I want my mom.” Daryl’s response was that once I start saying that, it means we’re almost done; I can do this. Five minutes later, our son Jonah was born…
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Everett’s Homebirth Story

Everett made his way into the world on October 20, 2010 at 6:44 am. This is how it went down. At around 1:30 in the morning my son, Fletcher, who is 23 months old, was yelling for “Mama” from his bed. I went in to give him a cuddle and get him back to sleep….
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Homebirth: Ready or not, here I come!

To say I am not terrified of giving birth naturally would be lying. Labor is painful (unless you are an amazing hypobirther or you have that rare disease where you don’t feel pain) and I am afraid I will suck at it.  But then again, I am ready to go for it!  And I am…
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Home Birth and Group Strep B

This week, my midwife came to the home appointment with some news that was a little shocking to me. My group strep B test came back positive. I had taken the test believing that the results would be negative. I was negative with Jonah, and I eat a lot of pro-biotic rich foods like yogurt….
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Birth Choices and the lack thereof

Image: Free Our Midwives The past few weeks I have been feeling a need to really own my birth experience this time around.  My son’s birth was a very medical one.  I was induced at 39 weeks because his abdomen was measuring small and because I had gestational diabetes.  I was not going to be…
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The Choice

This week, I have an appointment with my midwife. At this appointment, she is expecting me to let her know what Daryl and I have chosen. It was a difficult choice, and one that I’m still not so sure that we’ve made. The choice of where we will be giving birth to Evie, barring any…
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Peek-a-baby!

On Monday, my midwife wrote the orders for me to have a twenty week ultrasound. I was a little nervous about the timeline, because Thursday would be my 20 week mark. I wasn’t sure how long in advance these need to be scheduled, but I was imagining at least a week or two, and we…
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Questions to ask the Midwife

Going to see a midwife was very intimidating for me. Not because the midwife herself is intimidating- really, all three of the midwives that I have interviewed have been very warm and sweet. It was the process that is intimidating. Everyone knows how an OB works. You call the office, tell them you are pregnant,…
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