Posts Tagged ‘home birth’

Another Campbell Has Arrived! The Birth Story of Baby Snowflake

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by by

‘Baby Snowflake’ is our little “drama” queen! She really knows how to play tricks on her mommy! After 2 bouts of false labor, she finally decided to come at the last minute before 2011 was over – our New Year’s Eve baby!

Here is the full story of her birth:

On Saturday, Christmas Eve – the day before my due date – I started having contractions about 7 minutes apart around 1pm. The night before, I had been having contractions on and off, which really hindered my ability to get a good night’s rest. Friday morning, I nested like crazy, cleaning the whole house thinking baby would be here soon. Daddy C was feeling sick, like he might have the flu, which made me even more anxious. Between all the cleaning, I tried to feed us all good, nutrient dense foods and supplements to ward off the sickies. By 1pm, the contractions had returned with regularity. I went on a walk, and they got stronger and closer together. I decided to call the midwives and tell them to come at 4:30pm. Daddy C took Peanut to a relative’s house just in case, and the midwives arrived around 5:30pm, by which time the contractions were now coming 5 minutes apart. They were not really painful though, and since I had back labor with Peanut, I wasn’t sure if this was just what regular labor contractions felt like. (more…)


Planning For a Home Birth

Friday, March 25th, 2011 by by

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, you can have more control over your own birth experience than you would in a hospital; and you will not have to endure routine medical interventions.

If you have a home birth, you are able to have as many family members or friends as you want to attend the birth. You will also get to share the experience with them in the privacy of your own home without any interruptions from hospital staff.

Giving birth at home isn’t for everyone, of course. Moms-to-be who are more likely to have complications during childbirth should give birth in a hospital. This includes women with:

  • Medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • A previous c-section or other uterine surgery
  • Pregnancy complications, such as premature labour, preeclampsia, twins (or more), or a baby in the breech position at 37 weeks

If you think you want to have a home birth, it is important to (more…)

I Think We’ll Stay In Tonight

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 by by

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 into the bright, sterile environment of our hospital room. I still wanted to go home.

When we first began looking into our options for giving birth to Evelyn, I wasn’t quite comfortable with giving birth at home. Daryl was extremely comfortable with the idea, and even suggested, several times, that we have an unassisted birth. Yes, and he says that *I’m* the crunchy one! I most definitely wasn’t comfortable giving birth in a hospital, that was something I knew from experience. I found middle ground in the thought of giving birth in a free standing birth center.

As the pregnancy went on, however, I kept finding my thoughts veering back towards the idea of giving birth to this baby at home. The biggest reason that I was uncomfortable with the thought of staying at home to labor and birth was that Daryl and I did not have a home of our own. We were living under the same roof with Daryl’s parents and brother. Mix into that equation my mother coming to visit and Daryl’s other brother coming to visit, and you have one house full of nosy bodies. Not that Daryl’s family members are generally nosy bodies, but a woman giving birth elicits a certain curiosity. (more…)

Everett’s Homebirth Story

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 by by

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. I had mild contractions which are were more uncomfortable with 25 pounds on my lap but I had those often at night. He went to sleep right away and I crawled back in bed. I may have dozed off, or may not have. I remember feeling a contraction with a little pain at 2 am. I laid in bed and waited for more but I had a feeling this was it. I had 2 more that felt around 5-7 minutes apart so I got up to begin timing. I sat on my birth ball, turned on a DVRed soap from over a week ago and used my iPhone App to time. I was getting them every 6 minutes, and they lasted for 1 minute. Some came closer. Then very quickly they went to 4 minutes apart and I was already having to breathe through them. I went back into my bedroom and told my husband I thought this was it! I wanted to take a shower to relieve the pain and also see if they slowed down at all before calling the midwife. A few nights prior I had irregular, but painful contractions, for a few hours. The shower seemed to slow them back down so I wanted to test that.

They kept up through the shower which made “showering” more difficult. I wanted to shave my legs but I gave that up. I did try to do a little personal grooming since I knew there would be an audience seeing my goods soon. That was a joke too since I couldn’t see a thing. I did my best, as I always tried to do.

I called my doula from the bathroom and told her to come over since things were moving quickly. I still kept saying I “think” this is it.

I got dressed, did my makeup, dried my hair, and went back to my birth ball. By then I was really feeling things and told my husband to call the midwife. She asked a few questions. My husband answered as best he could but (more…)


Homebirth: Ready or not, here I come!

Friday, August 27th, 2010 by by

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 excited to do my birth my way with the wonderful support system I am putting in place.  I will have my midwife, the assistant, my doula, and my husband.

My husband, son, and I went to meet my homebirth midwife for the first time on Tuesday.  We came armed with a million questions and stayed for 2 hours.  Even though I have been using a midwife for my prenatal care thus far, the one on one attention we received at this appointment was more than the combined time I have talked with my former midwife.  It felt great to discuss all of my fears, concerns, ambitions, goals, hopes, and expectations.  The room was relaxed, and there was a playroom that kept my son occupied nearly the entire time.  I thought sharing the questions my husband and I came up with would potentially help other couples who are considering homebirth, even if someseem silly!

1. Tub rental: do you rent a tub, which tub, and how much?

2. Does the tub come with a pump (for drainage)?

3.What documents do you need (medical history from prev doctor)?

4. What number do we call, back up numbers?

5. Travel time (she is 1.5 hours away):  when do we call?

6. What do you bring (medical supplies like oxygen)?

7. What if there is a transfer, do you have hospital privileges?

8. Should I have a birth plan?

9. Payment: upfront or after billing insurance?

10. Is there a specific birth kit you want me to buy?

11.  Should we have 2 plans (in case of change to a hospital)?

12. If the blood sugar is low for baby, what would you do?

13.  If baby shows signs of jaundice, what to do?

14. When/ how do we follow-up with pediatrician?

15.   Birth Certificate/ etc, how is this done?

16.  Clean-up?!?!  Who does this and how? (my husband’s number one concern.  Answer: they do it all)

17. What do we need in house that isn’t in the birth kit?

18.  What is your record of c sections/ transfers.

19.  If I need stitching?

20.  Tear prevention massage?

21.  Medical waste disposal?

22.  How long do you stay after the birth?

23.  How late can I go?  How will you monitor to make sure it is safe to go over?  Natural induction methods?

24. If I go “too late” would I need to deliver in a hospital?

25. What would warrant a change to a hospital birth?

26.   If in a tub, how do you tell if the cord is wrapped around neck?

27.  If I am Group B positive, what happens then?

28.  What about pushing the tummy to get blood out?  Not needed?

All of these questions were answered for us.  Some answers were surprising (like that nurses don’t need to push on your stomach every hour and wake you up, but you can do it yourself if you want) and some were reassuring (her second time mom rate of C Sections was 1% for 20 years).  I felt very at ease with her and am very confident she can help me have a wonderful birth experience.  I never would have considered homebirth with my first child, and I can tell you if I had my husband would not have budged on it.  Now, we have both learned a lot about being parents and pregnancy, as well as how the “system” isn’t always in the best interest of the mother and child.  I regret my induction with my son, which was not necessary.  If only I had known!  We had a positive outcome and still had a vaginal birth, but so many women are induced for no reason and end up having a C-Section.  I ordered my birth kit already and it is on the way, and there are so many other things to prepare.  It has been a long battle to get this homebirth, but in a way I always knew it would happen. Every time I imagined giving birth to my son it was at home.  Now it is a reality.  Yikes!

Home Birth and Group Strep B

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 by by

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. I wanted to have the test because in the event that we would transfer to the hospital, they would treat the baby as though I was positive simply because they don’t have the test results. This could mean unnecessary antibiotics.

So when the midwife sat down and told me that the test came back positive, I was a little surprised and taken back. Now we have something to consider. In a hospital birth, I would be given antibiotics through an IV during labor to prevent the bacteria from spreading to the infant. This is a choice with some midwives, but isn’t with mine.

Group Strep B is a normal bacteria found in some women’s vaginal or rectal areas. Like all of the other bacteria that humans carry on our bodies, group strep B typically is harmless. However, in labor and birth, it could cause an infection that may cause serious problems for the infant. Not all infants who come in contact with the bacteria get (more…)

Birth Choices and the lack thereof

Friday, May 7th, 2010 by by
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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 allowed to go over 40 weeks no matter what.  I was given pitocin and chained to a bed or glider for something like 22 hours.  Bed to chair, chair to bed.  No wonder I couldn’t manage my pain (or pee for that matter.)

I was slow to progress and stayed at (more…)


The Choice

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 by by

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 complications that send us to the hospital. In a way, the choice is so difficult to make because our options are so incredibly similar. If we give birth at home or at the birthing center, we are the same distance away from the hospital, we need the same supplies, and I feel just as “at home” there as I do here (remember that we are not living in our own house, but in the downstairs area of Daryl’s family’s house).

The biggest differences are (more…)


Sunday, January 10th, 2010 by by

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 are leaving for Arizona at the end of this month. I was anticipating needing to wait until after the trip, and my concern was that they wouldn’t be able to get the measurements needed at that point.

The first number that I called was for the office that my midwife recommended. My fingers were crossed that they would accept our insurance. The office is a stand-alone facility, not related to any hospital or doctor’s practice. I knew they’d be (more…)

Questions to ask the Midwife

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 by by

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, and they set up an appointment. You show up for the appointment and hand them your insurance card and pay a co-pay. When the baby is delivered, you go to the hospital and have the baby, and fill out a form, and they take care of the birth certificate. With Jonah’s hospital birth, the hospital even took care of sending a birth announcement to the local newspaper for us.

With homebirths, it is a little different. There is a lot that was a mystery to me. The whole process from interviewing to making the insurance claims has been a learning experience. When I went in for the first interview, I did not (more…)