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Hi there! My name is Jaci. I'm 26 LO name is Trent, 7, and SO is Gil. Our baby girl is due Oct 23. I was hoping I could learn more about home births... I'm on state assistance right now. I just moved out of state to be with more supportive family members... But I thought maybe I could learn some things from you ladies about home births/natural births. I cant quite afford the Hypnobirthing classes ($350!!!) but I really want to go as natural as possible....
I think that you should start reading all you can about natural childbirth. Ina May's book is a great place to start. The NCB board here on JM also has a lot of great resources to check out. Also, even though you receive state assistance, there may be some midwives who accept it. Your best bet is to google midwives in your area to look for some that may take the type of insurance you have. A midwife may offer a more natural approach to childbirth than an OB can. Its never too late change providers either, so don't feel like you are stuck. My third piece of advice is to try to surround yourself with other women who have succeeded at NCB. You may want to search for Meetup groups in your area that are geared towards Attachment and Natural parenting, as well as contact your La Leche League. They have monthly meetings, and you may find some natural child birthers there.
I agree with reading all you can. Talk to a Midwife and ask her a ton of questions. Maybe you could also find a Doula who works for free or is cheap. You might want to look for independant childbirth educators who offer NCB classes for free or cheaper.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
Read all you can, and try to be as educated as possible in Normal/natural childbirth! Find a support group(even if it's just here on JM Like others have said, the NCB board is great!). Try and find a good NCB friendly midwife (either in a hospital setting or birthing center/home-birth setting! (the latter two being my personal preference), and see about hiring a Doula(many will offer their services for free, or charge a sliding fee, based of your income).
A few books you might look for at your library; InaMay's Guide to Childbirth, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth, and Natural Childbirth the Bradley way. (The first two are my favorites!)