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Just like Raven who posted before me, I had a surprise unassisted homebirth last month. I had my daughter 4/28 after 21 minutes of labor. She came out in one incredible contraction and fell onto my living room carpet! She too had tears in her cord, so we called her the Bungee Jumper. No one ever prepares you for how fast labor CAN be! Ellen
Add us! After a whopping 21 minutes of labor, Lola Marguerite (literally) dropped onto our living room carpet while I stood there. April 28, 12:30pm 7 lbs 10 oz Due date 5/1/05 Our third baby and 1st homebirth was a surreal experience! I woke up at midnight, had my first contraction at 12:09am, and she was born at 12:30am. Never stepped toe in the birth tub!
Woo hoo for 36 weeks! My birth tub was delivered today and is making a horrid screeching sound as it heats up the water. I'm going to have to check about that.... But seeing it here in my bay window of my living room makes me realize how close everything is getting. Wow. Sounds like I am not the only one suffering through hip pain. I was doing well until last weekend, when suddenly it started feeling like I was about to snap in half and become...
We're renting a Spa-in-a-box from a local doula for $250. She comes and sets it up too. Our midwife recommended that one for us over the usual aquadoula she uses for two reasons 1) we have two other kids, and the spa in the box has a locking cover and 2) it has a filter and heater, so can be set up and is ready to go at a moment's notice. Others need the water changed every couple of days if you want to have it filled and ready. Having had two 4 hour labors, I...
My husband and I both have had great success with what they call "nasal douching", similar to the idea of the neti pots two PP mentioned. The idea is to rinse out your nasal passages/sinuses with warm saline water either by "sniffing" it or spraying it. I never could get myself to do the sniffing thing (what you do with neti pots)...it is too anti-intuitive for me. We bought a kit that is a large bottle (kind of like the peri bottles they give you after birth to squirt...
Thanks Jess, and everyone else. What helpful thoughts! I think it will be great, as long as family can be around to make sure their needs are met (i.e. take them out if it gets too intense). It's part of the reason we decided on our first homebirth for our last (#3) birth. While the kids could be at our hospital, I think it would add additonal anxiety for them. White Coat Syndrome is very real for our kids :-) Ciao, Ellen
Have any of you experienced moms had your older children with you at a homebirth? What ages, and how did they do? We are thinking about our 6 and 4 year olds, wondering how it would be for them. Thanks! Ellen
My advice with any vitamins is to keep the in the fridge immediately after they are opened and after that...they do not smell and seem easier to get down. Vitamins change as they age and it slows down the oxidation.
We'll have our 3rd in a hospital w/ midwife. Our second at that hospital w/ midwives. OUr first was with an OB but cost $5 for prenatal, birth and postnatal, couldn't afford to choose midwives. We decided to keep with the hospital this time because we have very short labors (4 hours start to finish) and can't bear to pay $5500-6000 (mid-wifes in San Francisco, yeow!) for two hours with a midwife! Otherwise my hosp. will cost us about $2000 in all with our portion. ...
With this pregnancy (#3) I felt so different about telling people. I told everyone right away with the first 2, but this time I waited until 12 weeks. I felt like we were going to get a bit of the "ANOTHER one?" response, and I didn't feel like dealing with it since I was dealing with hormones and mixed feelings anyway. While this was an intentional pregnancy, I felt very depressed for those first weeks feeling like maybe I had made a mistake. My midwife assured me it...
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