I thought it would be nice if there was a place for us homebirthers to chat! Our road is a little bit different from those planning to birth in hospitals or birthing centers so let's use this space to share our feelings or unique experiences about our journeys to giving birth at home. As our time draws closer and we all start gathering what we need, we could also use this thread as a resource for supplies.
This will be our first homebirth and we couldn't be more excited! There are no freestanding birth centers in my state so I birthed DD in the birthing center at a local hospital. I had a midwife and a doula and was able to have the natural birth I wanted, but could still feel the hospital presence during my time there. We are very much looking forward to welcoming this baby into the world in the comfort of our own home with the freedom to do whatever we need to do whenever we need to do it!
We are also planning on having our DD, who will be one month shy of 3-years-old when bub arrives, to be present at the birth (as long as she is comfortable at the time) so we are really interested in preparing as a family. Right now I'm looking for some good books about homebirth for her, so please share your recommendations! I would also love some suggestions for homebirth videos, either youtube or DVDs. I'm working towards my labor doula and CBE certifications so she has seen a few already and asks to watch "the push out" movies a lot ;)
Feel free to share whatever you like here. Looking forward to getting to know you!