Read part one here.
Nothing we tried persuaded that baby to make her appearance. We tried every “natural” labor-inducing technique in the books! The doctors even “stripped the membranes” three times. I was feeling a lot of stress and pressure because I would only be allowed to use the natural birth center if I was less than 42 weeks. After that, you get booted into the regular maternity ward where you have to be hooked up to an IV, can’t eat, have no labor/birth tub and it’s loud in there! Where are you, baby girl?!
It was Friday night and I was 1 1/2 weeks past the due date. We went to bed at 10:30 with no sign of labor. At 11PM, I woke up with a killer lower back ache. I rubbed my back and repositioned my body pillow. Much better! My back felt fine and I drifted back […]
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 […]
Our second little girl is due in the middle of November… just six weeks away. Yikes! We still need to empty the nursery of all our junk (we currently call it “the pit of despair”), paint it and bring all of the baby stuff up from the basement. I’m already in serious nesting mode, but a lot of it is about things I want to get done that aren’t actually necessary for the baby’s day to day care… like this post!
I am writing this, not to defend our choice, but to encourage other parents who may be considering homebirth and to share what I’ve learned for those who just want to understand homebirth better. When I first heard a rumor about women having their babies at home, I was shocked. Why on earth would they take that risk? The hospitals had doctors, drugs and technology to keep them and […]