Monday, October 31, 2011

I Am a Homebirth Advocate and This is Why

This week I received a comment about looking for homebirth blogs, as I seem to be geared towards those planning a hospital birth.  It's true, the last several posts have been geared towards alerting the hospital birthers about certain practices/policies to be aware of.  I certainly don't want to be known as a Bradley birth blogger though!  Statistically, up until this last year, 25% of my students have birthed in the hospital.  Over the last year, it has gradually flip-flopped to 75% are out of the hospital.  This is what happens when a birth center makes your class required for their clients though! 

I have birthed two babies in the hospital and two at home.  I believe that a woman will birth "best" where she is most comfortable -- physically, and more importantly, emotionally.

Over the years, the normal progression for people that take my class has been this:

Baby #1:  Switch from an OB to a CNM, remaining in the hospital (just in case).

Baby #2:  Switch from a CNM to a CPM and birth in a freestanding birth center.

Baby #3:  Birth baby at home with a CPM and wish they had done that from the very beginning!

I decided to go through the homebirth blog posts I have written over the last three years and link to them this week.  Enjoy!

I found so many other posts that were related to homebirth -- dozens when it was mentioned -- but these are probably the ones that homebirth is the main focus.  Still aggravated after all these years that "homebirth" is flagged as not being a word.

Romy's Birth Story from Ceci Jane on Vimeo.

This video of my co-chapter leader for TCBN, Shannon, about sums up the beauty of homebirth. Ceci is another TCBN chapter leader and she did this amazing video. Shannon had an incredible team of women there, all hand-picked. Her husband was incredibly touched by the love and support they received as they welcomed their new baby into their family. It is evident on everyone's face this was a glorious homebirth. I am so lucky to work with such talented people. If you haven't seen this video yet, grab your tissues. Then go read all these homebirth posts I've written over the years!


Shannon B said...

Awww <3 <3 <3
I did the exact progression, only baby #1 was induction/epidural/hospital, then #2 was a birth center with CPM, and #3 at home.

And the videos of the first two (although good births) would NOT have looked like this one!

Jacqueline and Andy said...

Love this. LOVE homebirth. Our first son was born at home, against the advice of most everyone we knew. The experience was the highlight of everything good in my life. Awesome, and empowering. Our second son was born naturally in a hospital, he was a preemie at 33 weeks. Nothing compares to homebirth, I hope I get to do it again!

Emily said...

I just had my first homebirth after having 2 natural unmedicated births at the hospital. Can't even begin to describe how wonderful having a homebirth is and was! Just blogged about my birth story and posted my birth video if you are interested. It was 6 weeks exactly ago today! So glad I have my video, so I can re-live that day just by hitting play!

Ginger said...

Thank you!
I've seen that video before but I don't mind watching it again. :)
When I was pg w/ our first, my MIL called to tell hubby and I that she and FIL didn't support our decision. Hubby said: "Good to know. We're adults now." lol
Our oldest daughter, now 14, cut the cord when her baby sister was born 21 months ago. Second youngest daughter (12) gets to cut the cord this time.
I just love, love, LOVE everything about birthing at home. What a blessing!

Ginger said...

I didn't communicate clearly. I meant: MIL didn't support our decision to homebirth. All our bio kids have been born at home.

Kristi said...

I have a feeling that's what my progression will be. Mainly because it will take that long for hubby to feel comfortable.

Andrea said...

I had two hospital/ induced/ epidural/ with an OB births. And hopefully never again. Then I just had my first natural birth at a birthing center (an amazing one btw!) and I barely made it there before my baby was born, that was two weeks ago. I think and hope that if I have another baby it'll be at home, pretty sure I wouldn't have time to go anywhere anyways once my labor starts. I don't know how it could get much better than this one though! :)