Contrary to popular belief hospitals are not the safest place for
babies to be born. The mortality rate of babies born at home is half that
of hospital born babies.
95% of births can be done outside the hospital, intervention does cause
problems. Society is bombarded with scare tactics making these mom's
believe that hospitals are safe. Actually these hospitals and their
interventions may cause the problems in the first place.
Baby will not be born before he is ready, baby knows when it is time to
come into this world.
Birth is safe and shouldn't be treated as a medical procedure.
Hospitals carry many germs that your home does not.
Hospitals and technology have been known to slow a laboring women down,
which in turn may cause medication to be administered to quicken the
You will push when you feel the urge, not when told.
The placenta will not be pushed out of you, when you feel the sensation
you will do so on your own.
You will be able to experiment through labor with different positions
in order to make yourself more comfortable. most women find that lying on
your back is the worst, as in most hospitals)
You will also be able to birth your baby in any position you feel is
You are in control.
Your baby will not be separated from you at any time, you will have the
chance to bond without interference.
Your baby will be born in an environment filled with love, sensitivity.
There will be no scrubbing, poking, probing, suctioning, drops in the eyes
or any other types of violations.
Baby will feel secure.
This is our birth, the event will have profound effects upon us, we
will be able to enjoy this in peace!
was due the first week of July. My Mother and sister were coming
to join us for the birth and help out with my three year old
during the birth (they live 1800 miles away). My mom and sister
arrived just before my due date and were to stay about 2 weeks. I
was hoping I would go into labor while they were here because I
knew that I could use there help, but I also didn't pressure
myself because I knew that whenever this baby was coming this
would be the right time and everything would be fine.
went to bed fairly early on July 1st and awoke with light pains
around 1 am. I got up out of bed and went to take a shower and be
with myself for awhile. I wanted to have a few hours to be with my
baby myself, meditate, just feel this moment. I had gone on to
take a few more showers and in between I would lay back down on
the bed and relax. I would speak to my baby and let him/her know
that this process was normal and soon we would be together loving
each other. Around 6 or 7am I wanted someone to be with me, my
mother was up and I went on to wake my husband up. We had rented a
birthing tub (pool) and they started to get it ready for me, it
would take a few hours to fill because it was so large. I wasn't
sure if I wanted to birth in the pool, but I was sure that I
wanted to be in the water while I had my pains because I
thought it would help relax me. In the meantime the midwife was
called and I told her I didn't feel I needed her now but sometime
after lunch would be fine. I was walking around the house moaning
through my pains, leaning over things seemed to help, being on my
back was terrible. My daughter was an angel through all of this,
she played outside most of the day with my sister and periodically
checked on me through the day. We had watched videos, read books
and talked about what was going to happen on this day, she was
very prepared. Maybe a little to prepared because when things
started progress throughout the day she knew exactly what would
happen next, her lightheartedness about this experience was
amazing, this just reiterates to me that birth is as safe as life
was around noon or so when the midwife had gotten to our home.
Things really started to get a lot harder then, I went into
the water a few times and it did relax me. My husband was right
beside me the whole time, he was such a tremendous help. I was
feeling pretty tired around 2 or 3pm and I was feeling like I was
going through the transition stage. My husband reminded me of how
much I wanted this experience and how I had envisioned this day. I
needed this. I had gotten back in the water around 4pm and about a
half hour later my water broke, that felt great, all the pressure
was gone. My pains were very intense now. I had felt almost
immediately the need to push, so I did. Just as I was starting to
push the birthing pool collapsed with me in it, the water went
everywhere, all over our bedroom and all over the birthing
equipment. I wasn't very happy because I was feeling relaxed in
the tub. Although I reminded myself that everything happens for a
reason, and I needed to stay focused. My husband helped me out
into the living room and I had gotten into the hands and knees
position, I was pushing when I felt the need but wasn't feeling
like I was doing much good in that position. Feeling very tired I
had wanted to stay in that position but about an hour went by and
I knew something had to change. I had gotten up and was making my
way to the bathroom when I felt an incredible urge to knell down
and push, I had pushed what my husband thought was the head almost
through. I was excited. I pushed and out came the head, or so we
thought! The midwife felt me then and discovered that his butt was
coming out first, breech. This was a surprise, the midwife
gently informed me of this. This did not affect me, my intuition
led me to believe it wasn't an issue. He came out crying and
beautiful, I walked with him still attached to me to the floor so
we could lie down. Everything went beautifully and perfect, just
as I knew it would. I am also proud and thankful that he was not
taken from me at all, at any time. We lied down still naked and we
remained this way for almost three days. He was not scrubbed clean
while he lay screaming, he was not violated in any way. Such a
peaceful end to an empowering journey.
delivered the placenta about an hour later. The midwives checked
me for any tears, I did have a few tears on the outside which
would heal fairly quick. I took a warm bath with my new baby with
some comfrey added to speed the healing process.
then settled down into our family bed for the night, it was a
yourself about the benefits and complications of home birth is
do not circumcise our son, we leave him intact and perfect, the
way he came into this world. Circumcision is so very routine in
most hospitals, please inform yourself so another innocent baby is
not strapped to a table while he lies screaming for comfort and
screaming of tremendous pain. His trust in you starts here. Circumcision
is NOT medically necessary!!
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