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post #81 of 87

About us

Hey all - I'm Shannon, newly liberated from work - today was the second day of my maternity leave. We're hoping I can be a SAHM but I have scheduled my return to the classroom for Dec 1st. We'll decide in September, based on how our finances look. We have a small farm, 6 acres, here in NJ. We raise chickens, are trying to sell eggs through various methods, all of which need tweaking, have two dairy goats and one adorable doeling born 5/14, two hives of bees, and lots and lots of fruit and veggies. My plan is to begin running our farm as a CSA this fall, next spring - a big step, but something we're both really excited about. We've used midwives throughout - got pregnant in two weeks! - but had to switch to MW's who deliver at the loal hospital when our HB midwife had to stop practicing due to illness. Happy with the compromises we've made though - our new MW's are great. Planning a waterbirth. EDD are July 1st, 3rd, and 4th. We shall see. I feel like we're having a boy, but who knows. Oh, I just turned 26.
post #82 of 87
Whoops, just realized I never posted on this thread : .

My name is Shana, I'm 33 (dh is 36) and pg with first babe. Due date is 7/29 ... don't know if knowing the exact date of conception (I tracked my BTT) increases the odds of actually having the baby around that time. :LOL

I got pg 4 months after a m/c last year, and everything seems to be going great this time around! We are supposedly having a girl, although I know they don't always get that right ...

Still arguing about names, although we said we wouldn't make a final choice until we met her.

I'm planning on giving birth in a birth center inside a hospital that is supportive of natural childbirth (has jacuzzis in the rooms, etc.), and has a 3.5% c-sec rate. My OB is very mother-friendly, and supportive of the birth center.

I had back surgery 12 years ago, so even if I want an epidural, I was told it may not work. I hired a doula who spent many years as a direct-entry mw, and once labor starts, she'll come to my home whenever I want her to. Her experience as a mw makes me feel really confident about laboring at home for a while ... she can check my dilation (if I want), she knows tons about labor, birth, etc. She actually calls herself a "monitrice" instead of a doula. I have a hot tub at home that we're getting up and running, and I'm hoping to labor at home as long as I can. My doula (oops, monitrice) said if I can make it to 7 cm at home, that would be great.

For right now, I'm just hoping no complications arise. Babe is currently head down, but probably posterior (will start doing hands & knees stuff in a few weeks). Right now I'm just hoping she stays head down, turns anterior and my water doesn't break prematurely!

Shana
EDD 7/29/05
post #83 of 87

Intro

Hello ladies! I am 34 weeks along, due on July 18th, although my midwife doesn't think I'll make it that long...This is my first baby, and my fiance and I live in Sonoma County, CA. Before we got pregnant, we had decided to have a homebirth. I loathe the treatment of pregnant women by doctors and nurses, and have been following the abuses that occur there for years. The prevailing opinion, as informed women know, is that it's 'best' for mom and baby if mom is induced with pitocin, paralyzed with an epidural, and maybe even genitally mutilated with an episiotomy. How incredibly convenient for the staff! "Just shut up, lady, and let us handle it all!" So, we planned on a homebirth. However, that didn't end up happening, as homebirth midwives are pricey (to us) and not covered by insurance. So, our next step was the incredible birth center in Santa Rosa, that has a stellar reputation. But I didn't feel comfortable there, it felt too assembly-line to me. Plus, they had 4 midwives, and so I saw someone different each time. Yuck! Then I went to another birth center, a small place with one midwife. But, just into my third trimester, I was informed that my midwife could no longer do out of hospital births, because her insurance would no longer cover her. So, in order to stay in her care, which we very much wanted, I would have to have a hospital birth. But, the hospital she delivers at is very progessive, and I have freedom to do what I like, with no interventions, I.V's, etc. Nor will I have nurses pushing drugs on me. I will have my aquadoula, birth room, and dim lights. So one of the worst-case scenarios has already come to pass, and I have been ok with it. Pregnancy is quite the interesting time. I've seen the dreams and plans of women just fly out the window, when their bodies, or life, has other ideas in store for them. Oh well, such is life. And mothering, I suppose.
My pregnancy has been very easy otherwise, with the exception of insomnia, and my huge irritation over being so frequently hungry-and then not wanting whatever it is that I've made to eat. I guesss now it's time to just enjoy the few weeks I have left.

VioletMommy
post #84 of 87
Hello everyone

my name is cathy. i'm 20 ( i will be 21 a month after baby comes ) and me and my kitty milo : just moved to the denver area from south florida a couple months ago. this little one will be my first baby and he/she's EDD is 7/23...we are having a homebirth and are extremely excited to be bringing a new person into this world!

~cathy
:home:
post #85 of 87
Welcome Cathy! There are several home birthin' moms on the July thread....!
post #86 of 87
yeah i guess i could add a little more info,huh?

we chose to have a homebirth as soon as we found out because we both feel that the more medical intervention,the more complications. plus we both feel like most hospitals/doctors are more money-driven and want to have things done their way. his sister has had 2 homebirths with the same midwives we are with and she has 2 beautiful kiddos.

my b/f and i actually haven't been together too incredibly long. we both follow this band, String Cheese Incident, around the country (yes we are nuts ) and we met at their festival at Horning's hideout in north plains,OR....this place is amazing. it's this huge forest area up by portland where wild peacocks run around and everyone loves eachother

after we found out a baby was on the way, i was still stuck down in florida for a couple months so my b/f missed most of the morning sickness stage (lucky him) but i was going through it pretty bad. i moved out to colorado in march and have been feeling pretty good with the pregnancy since then. i guess the baby just feels better when daddy is around

like i said, i'm 34 weeks now and just starting to get a little uncomfortable. i have trouble breathing sometimes (which is odd since the baby has been turned head down for a while now and i can feel his/her head against my pelvis when i walk) and the sleep troubles are underway. i can never get comfortable! and it's starting to hurt my belly when i roll over in bed so i have to get as comfy as i can and stick it out.

we are just about done with our homebirth classes and we've been making lots of birth art. the other day i painted my whole belly ( i made a thread about it). i am so excited and i know this will be the most important thing i will do in my life

~cathy :home2:
post #87 of 87
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Originally Posted by cheeseRjedi

my b/f and i actually haven't been together too incredibly long. we both follow this band, String Cheese Incident, around the country (yes we are nuts ) and we met at their festival at Horning's hideout in north plains,OR....this place is amazing. it's this huge forest area up by portland where wild peacocks run around and everyone loves eachother

~cathy :home2:

Cathy ~ I love SCI! My man and I have toured around with them as well, especially last summer. We haven't done a whole lot this year because we're saving up for babes, but if they're close by we definetly make the trip (they were just in Tahoe at the end of March.) Were you at Horning's last summer? I was there - and I totally agree that it's a beautiful place. Saturday night was the best show - with the Peak Productions show they put on. We had so much fun. I would love to go again this year, but babes will be too little. We're hoping to make it next year.

Nice to meet you ~ and nice to meet a fellow Cheese-head!
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