Babykins’ Birth Story

Yes, we’ve chosen “Babykins” as the blog name for our newest addition. If you’re new around here, “Pumpkin” is the blog name for our three-year-old. 🙂

Our second little girl was born here at home on November 27th. It was such an amazing experience– everything we had hoped for! The due date was November 17th, but since my hubby and dad were down with pneumonia, I was quite content to let this little one take as long as she wanted. People were constantly telling me that I must be miserable and sick of being pregnant, but even if I wasn’t wanting the guys to have more time to get well, I would have waited patiently for our baby to take as much time as she needed to develop. Yes, I was uncomfortable, but I honestly think that a “due date” creates such silly expectations for women that it magnifies their […]

Why We’re Planning a Homebirth: Part 2

When I realized that the only reason we had gone to the hospital was to have the doctor there “just in case”, it started to dawn on me that something was really wrong with that way of thinking. Being in my own home would have given me the security to relax and do what I needed to do, not what the nurse’s guide to childbirth says is supposed to work for the “average” woman. I began to research what happens to women with healthy pregnancies when they go to the hospital for birth. This will be a long post, but I don’t feel that any of this important information can be left out.

One of the first things I learned was that obstetricians are trained to manage complicated pregnancies and perform C-sections. They are trained to handle emergencies. They are NOT trained to stand back and allow a normal pregnancy […]