Do you want a positive and natural birth in a supportive environment? Are you afraid that a hospital will lead you down a slippery slope of unnecessary medical interventions, but don’t want to give birth at home? A birth center – described as a “birthing hotel” in some European countries – might be just what you are…Continue
Added by Olivia Van Buren on July 24, 2010 at 8:33am — No Comments
It all started on a Monday. The date, May 19th, 2008. I was still asleep. The time was 3 am or something close to it. I woke up. I really did not know why but I thought "Huh, that was weird". An hour later I
woke up again this time wondering if it had all started.
Being a first time mommy back then I was a little scared. It wasn't until we got out of bed that I realized labor had started. We took a shower and, since we used to live 4 blocks from his former job, we went
When I became pregnant for the second time, it took visiting my local doctor once for me to decide that home birth was a must for me. And although I’d considered home birth on occasion, when I finally settled into that route for my birth, it became a life-changing endeavor for my husband and I.
Birth can be empowering. Transformative. And such a positive experience. Natural birth. Home birth. It can be all of these things and more. So, for whichever route you choose…Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on July 13, 2010 at 1:36pm — No Comments
Just got off the phone with my health insurance provider. Trying to get them to pay *their share* of the homebirth. You know, the one I discussed with them a year ago. The one they agreed to pay 80% of. Well,
let’s just say I’m having trouble calling them a “provider.” They cut a check for less than 40% of the homebirth.
Can you imagine if your partner “provided” for you like insurance companies manage to?
You give a whole lot of what you have to…Continue
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My oldest child, & only son is celebrating his 12th birthday today. I, on the other hand, am celebrating so much more. For it was he, this incredible, blessed gift, that was my salvation. I had been told I would never have children, after trying everything short of…Continue
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When I had my first homebirth, I lucked out. I found a midwife who quickly became my dream-come-true. (In case you’re planning a homebirth in California’s Bay Area, Judy Luce rocks!) At the time, she’d been a midwife for 30 years, knowledgeable, experienced, and holding high ethics. And she really helped transform my pregnancy into a time of self-awareness, and my birth into an empowering experience.
As we arrived…Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 11, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments
Whether you’re planning a medicated or a ‘natural’ birth, birth plans are important for a few reasons:
1) Birth is a big deal physically–for mother and baby. Birth plans allow you to take charge of your health.
2) Writing a birth plan forces you (and if you’re…
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For those of you who love birth stories, I’ll share my first two at a later date. Until then, here’s a follow-up to Birth
#3: Visualization and Meditation, and how those two techniques ended up working out for me.
Glenn was born early one snowy morning at our home in the mountains. I’d…Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on April 27, 2010 at 6:23pm — No Comments
During pregnancy, I go into survival mode. I function in a focused way, with each feeling and action being amplified and less circuitous.
Hungry seems to instantly become starving–EAT!
Thirsty one moment feels dehydrated the next–DRINK!
Tired quickly becomes exhausted–SLEEP!
And those dirty dishes…well, they always reminded me that I was hungry, thirsty and tired–Yes, and…Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on April 26, 2010 at 11:49pm — No Comments
I read this post today from Bored Mommy who is anything but boring. Someone left a bizarre comment about how being a Mommy (or Mummy) rather than a Parent, is somehow undignified and infantile. It's incredible, really.
I am Mummy, okay…
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