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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
8:25 am
Red Raspberry Leaf
How do you feel about red raspberry leaf tea?
Does it really help with anything?
I've heard that it tones the uterus and can help strengthen it to make contractions more productive, but I haven't been able to find actual facts about this, just what people say.

I have some but for whatever reason have been drinking other teas (and coffee) instead. I decided that since I am so close to my due date I would try some last night. Yuck! It was awful. It tasted like black tea that was wayyyy stale. I put honey in it, and that actually made it worse.

I don't think I will be drinking anymore of it, unless there are true benefits and not just assumed ones. Does anyone know?
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
3:13 pm
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
11:06 pm
My little one arrived!
I wanted to post that my son Dane Valentine arrived at home November 28th, at 1:47pm. I had a successful HBAC. I went into labor at 11:30pm Thanksgiving night and had him the next day. I believe I pushed for 2 hours, I'm not sure honestly haha. I haven't read over my midwifes papers yet.

He was 7lbs 14oz and 22 inches long. My first born was 7lbs 5oz and 21 inches long. Dane came at exactly 41 weeks!

I'm so proud of myself to have the birth I wanted so badly. It meant so much to me to have a great midwife and a wonderfully supporting husband (who wasnt so supportive at the start). With out them, I couldn't have gone completely natural and have him at home.

Some pictures for youCollapse )
4:56 pm
Callum Patrick
My little guy was born 12-1-2008 at exactly 1 pm (here in VA).
A tiny little fellow at 6lbs, 9oz and 19 in long. He was 39wx3days (according to LMP, but I think he is probably a bit younger). EDD 12/5/08

Yay, I'm finally typing with two hands!

We planned a homebirth. We ended up in the hospital after I experienced some rather heavy bleeding and became worried, since we hadnt had any ultrasounds to determine where the placenta was. Everything was a-okay but there I was in the hospital, where they notified me I was 5cms dilated (I had no clue) and they considered me in "active labor." We decided to go ahead and stay, my water began to trickle shortly afterwards, from the exams I suspect.
Things started off kind of rough, but I had a doula show up and ended up having THE MOST AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL BIRTH I COULD HAVE IMAGINED right there in the hospital. He was born about 5 hours after contractions started-- maybe two hours of really serious intense labor and about 20 minutes of pushing, if that.

He's getting the hang of breastfeeding after some trouble in the beginning and he sure does take up a lot of time

I will share the longer birth story later. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and enjoy absolutely every moment of this wonderful experience.

(PS- The sex worked!!)

x-posted in other places
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
10:47 pm
So if you knew that you were having a baby tomorrow, what would you want to do today?
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
3:05 pm
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
2:45 pm
I know we were talking in comments in a post yesterday about things people say and do as first time parents.

I have to bite my tongue a lot. I wasn't very educated my first time, but I did know some things. I was also 19, scared and pressured very easily by my doctors. Which lead to an unnecessary c-section. Here I am at 22 planning an HBAC.

I belong to a board my friend owns, I rarely post there. I am the only one there with the views I have towards birthing and parenting.

One comment was made to another girl who is pregnant and due 2 weeks after me. She may have to be induced because of pregnancy induced hypertension. It wasn't her who bothered me, but another poster.

Her comment that got to me was "look at it this way, the baby will be a few pounds smaller then she would be in a few weeks!"

Why on earth would you say that and be excited about it?! I don't get it, honestly, i don't! I don't get some peoples stupidity and their lack of thoughts for a healthy baby.

Sorry, it really got to me and I don't really have anywhere but here to post about it. I'm seen as the crazy home birther on there with the off the wall beliefs.
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
12:17 pm
This was posted on a forum I belong to on another website, I thought I'd pass it on.


It premiers on Oct 21st on Discovery Health for anyone interested. I'm going to check it out.
Thursday, September 11th, 2008
9:28 pm
Birth Plan Thoughts
I want to sit down with my husband and figure out our birth preferences before my 28 week appointment so that I can discuss them with the midwife and find out what their standard practices are.

My thoughts so far are under hereCollapse )...do you guys have any suggestions of things I am forgetting that we need to know our preferences on?
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
6:23 pm
Does anyone know where I could get some home birth icons? I'd like some, but can't seem to find any :)
Friday, August 15th, 2008
2:19 pm
A refreshingly different weekly pregnancy email
I know most of us are about half way through our pregnancies (or more) but I'm just finally getting around to sharing a resource I found a couple months ago.

Lamaze offers a weekly pregnancy email for each week of pregnancy that is themed "Building Confidence, Week by Week. I've been getting it for about 6 weeks now and its really nice and uplifting. Topics in my latest weekly one included "Adding meaning to baby showers", recipes for a lavender milk bath or a honey facial, and a question about whether a half day hospital birth class was good preparation for birth.

Most of this is stuff that I think people in this group already are in tune with or know about. But it is nice to have a friendly, uplifting, natural birth and breastfeeding based resource to point share with other pregnant friends. (the contrast to those Babycenter emails is pretty stark)

If you don't know what modern Lamaze is all about (it's not just breathing funny), take a look at their blog

Hope everyone is doing well!
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
8:36 am
Get the Ball rolling!
What are you ladies planning to do to keep the discomfort of labor at a minimum?
I have always wondered what other home birthers plan!

Monday, July 28th, 2008
9:05 am
Been awhile...
 I barely made an introduction last time and its been awhile since I've even glanced at LJ.  I just flew to VA with my daughter so I could visit some friends before the next lil peanut comes along :)  The day I come back though the sh** hit the fan on our all ready insane lives.  We got a call at 4 am from my husbands mom saying that his dad isnt waking up.  We rushed over, the ambulance was there and the paramedics were working on him.  They did take him to the hospital where they worked on him more because they were able to get a heartbeat, but there was nothing they could have done :(  It's almost been a month since it happened and I can't ever imagine life getting back to normal.  His dad was only 59!  We moved all the way down from NY partially because it freaked my hubby out that he was turning 60 this year.  I'm so happy we were able to be down here for a few months and enjoy his company but my poor husband and all his family.  I don't know how to comfort him and I've been neglecting myself and my daughter trying to help out in any way possible.  This is the first time in my life that I have been this close to death and my heart just aches for anyone who has lost someone that close to them, or a spouse, and especially a child.  I cant imagine.  

 Anyways, thats what has been happening lately and time flew by.  I'm already 20 weeks, halfway there give or take a few days.  I have another midwife appointment tomorrow.  I had my last visit when everything had just happened with my father-in-law and it was nice to go there for something normal and happy.  She said the baby is doing great, 160 heartrate and since I couldnt sleep for a couple weeks without seeing my father-in-laws face and then some unhappy scenes from that horrible night she suggested this stuff called Bach Remedies.  I have the rescue remedy and that did definately help to have a couple drops.  Anyone else try some of their products? I'm going to check out others at some point.  We have a natrual food store full of homeopathic goodies.  With my daughter I took some evening primrose oil and drank the yummy red raspberry leaf tea after 36 weeks.  I didnt want to rush labor on if she wasnt ready but I definately wanted to ripen my cervix and have effective contractions if I could and I have to say it seemed to help.  I delievered her at 39 weeks and had easy labor.  Pushing wasnt great but looking back I never had that urge to push and I think my last midwife was anxious to get me going since she had been there for 30 some hours.  So I dont think I was ready to push when I did.  

 So, the baby is MAD active!  I feel like its just constantly moving.  It reacts to hot and cold drinks, sweets, even just eating anything really...everything it seems to react to.  I dont know if thats good or not haha.  I'm happy that its so active but my daughter who has been so active since she was born never acted this crazy in the womb!  Maybe he/she will get some energy out now because I have to say I dont know how I am going to do if I have 2 highly active children.  Dont get me wrong, my daughter is so enjoyable but I wouldnt mind a snuggle here and there or if she would like to slow down for even 3 mins.  Another quick note about this baby, I finally had my first dream about the sex of the baby.  In the dream I was in some african village and the witch doctor put her hand on my lower hips near my butt and then just looked at my face and tummy and stated matter of facty that I was having a girl.   

 Okay if anyone read this, thanx :) I'm all done rambling.  


P.S. I have been thinking about how much I miss breastfeeding, can't wait to do it again!  I still havent dried up from my daughter, its been 6 months now but I think thats about normal?  Anyone know for sure?  

x-posted at naturalbirth

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, June 20th, 2008
10:59 am
My name is Christine and I now live in FL.  We just moved here from the north and had been living with in-laws till this past weekend, its been slightly stressful and overwhelming! Thank goodness we have some good things to look forward to now.  I am expecting our second child and am due December 16.  My husband and I have been married for 4 years and had our sweet little girl October of 2006.  I want to do a homebirth this time due to a combination of my options here, knowledge and previous experience.  

I still plan on having my midwife present for the birth since I tend to get slightly anemic.  I have introduced the idea to my family and so far its about half and half.  My husband was a little hesitant at first but then basically left it in my hands to have the experience I want to have, my in-laws are trying to be open-minded, and surprizenly to me my parents are the ones freaking out a little bit.  It doesnt seem to matter yet how many times I tell them the statistics or remind them that we have a handful of hopitals less than 15 miles away, one being known for their bloodless surgeries and research (something needed in my beliefs). I'm hoping with the more knowledge I can give them the more they will let go of their insecurities and believe in me.  So I guess that is enough about us for now.  :)

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, June 16th, 2008
5:04 pm
Please introduce yourselves if you would.
Let us know when your baby is due, what kind of birth you are planning, your previous birth experiences (if any), what made you choose a natural birth, homebirth, or unassisted, a little about yourself and your family and anything else you feel like sharing!

And feel free to post anytime about anything birth/pregnancy related.
Rants are welcome.
Ramblings about birth are welcome.
Random thoughts about pregnancy/babies/birth etc. Anything like that!
You can cross-post if you want when it comes to general updates that you might also want to post in other communities. I do that all the time so I don't mind if anyone else does.

Pictures should be put behind an LJ cut.

I will eventually make all the posts friends-only by default. Does that sound okay? I feel more comfortable posting not-so-publicly in communities.

Input is welcome anytime. Let me know any ideas for the community!

Thanks so much for joining- and welcome!

Current Mood: anxious
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