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June 21st, 2007, 12:44 PM
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It would be great if everyone who is active on this board could post a little intro and about you to this thread. I'm having a hard time keeping everyone straight!!

I'm Charlotte, a homebirth midwife and co-host of the board. I have two boys, one born in the hospital and one born in a freestanding birth center with a midwife. We've been TTC #3 for TWO YEARS now and I'm thinking I'm never gonna get my homebirth!!! I'm also coordinating a local BOLD event (see www.boldshreveport.com) in my area and working to change the laws so that midwifery is more available to Louisiana mothers and families. Sometimes I wonder if this is the season of life I'm in and a baby just isn't in the cards? We're pretty laid back about #3, but both Jason and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have 4 children.
Charlotte, midwife mama to Samuel and Atley, mourning the loss of our "March Baby"
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June 21st, 2007, 05:51 PM
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I am Jen, momma to Isaac 12, Aarron 10, Elijaah 8, Naathaniel 6, Laliyaah 4, Nazaaria 1 and Isaiaah edd 8/20. I had my first four in the hospital, including an "unnecessary c-section" which resulted in me choosing to have home VBAC's with my daughters and this baby. The best choice I ever made!! I LOVE homebirthing and would love to become a midwife somewhere down the road if I could stop having babies of my own. I am not sure where that would fit in with my current plans of starting school this fall to get my Associates degree in auto repair tech though...LOL.
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June 21st, 2007, 06:25 PM
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I'm Emma, mom to born-at-home Trinity and I'm very new here! We JUST found out we are expecting #2 in February and I couldn't be more excited! I introduced myself a little earlier, and I believe it's still on this page. I'm insanely excited to find a good home birth message board because I absolutely couldn't imagine doing it any other way!

I'm looking at all these really neat pictures in the siggy's and wondering how in the world you guys did that!! Care to share, anyone??

Everyone have a GREAT day!!!

"We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents, or the country of our birth. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live." Joseph Epstein
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June 21st, 2007, 06:55 PM
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I am Heather. I have three kids. Ani was born in a hospital, Cameron was born in a freestanding birthing center, and Fritz was born at home. Future kids (we want 3 more) will be born at home.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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June 21st, 2007, 11:22 PM
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Hi I'm Gina. With my son Eli I had an unmedicated hospital birth. We are currently planning our first homebirth for this coming October.

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June 22nd, 2007, 07:43 AM
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I'm Robin. I have 4 kids with my 5th due in about 2 months! My first two were hospital births (no epi), my 3rd was a home waterbirth, and my 4th was intended to be a home waterbirth, but ended with a hospital transfer. This, my 5th baby, will be another home waterbirth. I'm also a part-time student and a homeschooling Mom.
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SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3

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June 22nd, 2007, 07:44 AM
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I'm Beth, You can see my kids below. All were born in the hospital, the first two with OB's and the third with a CNM. Loved the CNM and am trying to convince DH that home is the way to go with #4 due in Dec. I live in NC, which is not the most Home birth friendly state. If we go with the home birth it will have to be with a CPM that is technically illeagal here. Not for me, but for her. I hate that, but wish my state would get on board with ALL the states that surround us, who all license midwives!

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June 22nd, 2007, 07:59 AM
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Im Jeni, mama to Grace, Lily, and Felicity. Grace was born in a hospital with an OB, unmedicated. Lily was a midwife (CPM) attended home waterbirth, and Felicity was an unplanned unassisted home waterbirth. We are planning our third home waterbirth, and planning for our midwife to be here for it, this October. I live in the same state as Beth, and she may be using the same midwife I do

( Beth: having the CPM talk to your husband and answer questions would help in his being on board. If he would also like to talk to a homebirth dad, my husband would be glad to talk to him. )

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June 22nd, 2007, 09:09 AM
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My name is Jennifer. My first four were born at the hospital. Fifth baby was a mid-wife assisted homebirth. Sixth baby was an unassisted stillbirth at 36 weeks. I am due in September and planning to deliver at home, but still not certain if I'll call the mw or not.
~Jennifer, wife of one, mother of many

Robert: 20 Raechel: 18 Daniel: 15 Joseph: 13 Thomas: 10 Mary Mae: 7 Lucy Marie: 5 John Anthony: 2 AND Baby due Dec. 2015

Always Missing our Angels: Hope (7-8-06 @36w); Francis (7-4-12 @12w); Charlie (1-19-15 @ 6w)

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June 22nd, 2007, 06:45 PM
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I hate that, but wish my state would get on board with ALL the states that surround us, who all license midwives![/b]
It takes work but you guys can make it happen down there, too! VA just started licensing midwives almost 2 years ago. My midwife was still an illegal midwife when she delivered Fritz. She had taken the practical part of the testing but not the written part. She took, and passed, that a month and a half after Fritz was born. I had always said I wouldn't use an illegal midwife, but it turned out to be no big deal.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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June 22nd, 2007, 10:08 PM
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I am Michelle. My son, Tyler, was a hospital birth. I had planned to go natural but gave into pit after 19 hours (after being threatened with a C/S - my water broke at the beginning of labor so I was "on the clock").

I am planning an assisted homebirth for this baby, due any day!!!

I am very excited and feel SO at peace with my homebirth decision - I have the best midwife and doula ever!!

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June 24th, 2007, 02:59 PM
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I'm Shawna, mom to 4. The first two were born in hospital unmedicated, the second two at home in water with a midwife. Future births will be at home.
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June 25th, 2007, 05:37 PM
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I'm Stephanie, I'm one of the boards very few (and very outspoken) UCers. I'm in and out around here, as I've been very busy with Mariska who was born at home unassisted in January.
"I trust birth—not birth attendants—for if you only trust birth that is attended then you really don't trust birth at all. You trust the attendant. And then you start over. Who? Doctor, surgeon, CNM, CPM, SIM? And it goes on and on...." - Carla Hartley
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June 26th, 2007, 11:37 PM
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I am Alison, mom to Chris (7), Lucas (5) and Evelyn who is a year and a half. All three were induced births with epidurals. I really didn't start researching natural chidbirth until I was pregnant with my daughter and while my birth experience with her was not bad, I really felt that I wanted a natural birth with our next child. We went back and forth about home birth vs. birth center and eventually decided that a homebirth just seem right for us and our family. My husband is very supportive as is my Mom and I am looking forward to a different birth experience this time!
Alison - Mom to: Emmeline (7/14), Augustus (2) Maximus (4) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (13) Christopher (14)

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June 29th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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I'm Stephanie. 27 year old wife to Matt and mother to Sierra (9) and Will (6). They were both born in the hospital I am currently TTC #3 for me, but #1 for DH, and also trying to convince him that home birth is a great option for us. Hopefully he'll come around.

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