Pumpkin’s Birth Story: Part 1

I wrote Babykin’s homebirth story right after she was born (8 months ago), and now I’ve decided it’s time to tell you about my first daughter’s birth.

This story really needs to start with the two years it took us to get pregnant with our first baby. We were living down in Dallas, Texas when we decided to start “trying”. Like most naive young couples, we believed that within a few months we would have some good news to share, so we made the mistake of telling some of our friends that we hoped to be pregnant, soon. Nearly every week, at least one of them would ask, “Any news yet?” Eventually they asked less often, but it was very frustrating and depressing to be constantly reminded that we “still” weren’t pregnant.

Almost two years later, we moved from Texas to New Hampshire, with a long stop in Ohio to […]

Having a Homebirth Atmosphere at the Hospital or Birth Center

My first baby was born in a natural birth center inside of a hospital. It was a very good experience, though there were some things I would do differently. Most of you already know that I had a beautiful homebirth for my second baby in November. I hope to be able to have any future children in the comfort of our home. I highly recommend homebirth to most women, though not all. But what about the mama-to-be who loves the idea of a homebirth, but isn’t able to do it for some reason (no midwife, medical complications, hubby says “no”, etc.)? There are some women who truly need the medical expertise of an obstetrician. Are those ladies stuck with an unfamiliar, noisy, uncomfortable hospital room to bring their precious little ones into this world? Not at all! The trick is to be informed, get creative and be prepared.

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