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Inspiring article "It’s awkward is what I’m trying to say and I’m not sure why. I’m not a hippie. I’m not Amish. I didn’t forget to go to the hospital in time. I’m merely an educated woman who examined her options and decided home birth was the best choice for me and my baby. I don’t feel that there is anything extreme or crazy about my choice."
Having had three home waterbirths, I loved this piece on setting up a birth tub for a homebirth - including one important tip for apartment dwellers!
A Birth Plan. One of my top reasons for birthing at home: A woman in labor should NOT have to worry about anyone but herself. Should not have to tell "caregivers" to back off. Should not have to "enforce" her birth plan. She should be able to be consumed by her labor of love and anticipation of meeting her child! Nothing and no one should hinder that.
Kaya Birthing Stools. this looks like the best thing so far. Oh well - I guess the staircase balastrating and good old squatting will do for me until they bring the price down! at least good to know there is such an option. maybe ask at hospital/ midwife if they have them or hire them? there r also many other such stools much cheaper.
Colleen and Kristi have ten births between them including eight homebirths (6 UCs and two midwife-assisted), a (mostly) natural hospital birth, and a C-section. Here are the top 13 things they would share with anyone preparing for their own birth.