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post #21 of 51
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Originally Posted by elspethshimon View Post
Gentle Birth Choices (I don't know who wrote that).
Barbara Harper wrote it - and there is a video to match.

If you are interested in homebirth, I recommend finding a homebirth midwife (or 3) in your area and going to talk with them. They all do free consultations and will answer your questions. In the meantime, watch Business of Being Born and read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.

You could also ask questions of local doulas. Many of them will know some or all area midwives.
post #22 of 51
1. Who are you?

I'm Christine. I'm 32. I'm mama to 2, with #3 on the way! I'm a birth doula and childbirth educator. I'm hoping to do some 3rd-wheel midwife assisting this summer at some homebirths. I also just finished my PhD (conceived 2 weeks after I finished) and will continue doing some research and teaching part-time until #3 is born. Oh, and my babies come early, so there is a very good chance this baby will arrive in January.

2. Who are the most significant people in your life?

DH and kids. The end.

3. How do you spend your time?

Time is spent at school (used to be a student, now a faculty-type), at births, teaching classes, and with the kids. And online.

4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?

I feel pretty awesome about this pregnancy and birth. I've had 2 home waterbirths, so anticipate this will be the same. I've asked a friend to be my midwife this time. She's just an apprentice (and will be supervised by my old midwife), but I'm really excited to give her this opportunity. Plus, I could have babies in my sleep. Only thing I'm the slightest bit concerned about is diabetes. As of the last year, I'm pre-diabetic and so am not sure what my blood sugar will do this time.

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?

contemplative, resourceful, loyal
post #23 of 51
Who are you?
Merridith, 33 y/o mother of a delicious 2 year old, Holden, who keeps me thinking and working all day long. I live on a hill in Port Moody, BC with only one car, so I spend a lot of time making up stories about leaves and bugs and walking around with Holden in his ergo.
Who are the most significant people in your life?
My crazy-ass husband, my mother and my gamut of friends from all walks of life....
How do you spend your time?
Freelance Writing, trying to proctrastinate my way into writing a novel, saving newspapers for my eventual paper mache exhibit and looking at what's going on around me...
What are your present thoughts/feelings/dreams/ideas/fears about this pregnancy?
For the last two years my son has had my entire heart and I'm having a great deal of difficulty imagining sharing it with another baby. Some times I'm pretty damn excited and other times I wake in the middle of the night thinking, " MY GOD! WHAT HAVE WE DONE!!" I'm afraid to wean my son or kick him out of my bed because we have an intimacy that I'm clinging to, knowing that he's male and will one day no doubt be repulsed by cuddling with his mom in general...
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Eccentric, grumpy, loving
post #24 of 51
1. Who are you?I'm Miranda, 33 til July, live in Northern Ky
2. Who are the most significant people in your life? DH-Clinton, daughters-Rhiannon(6) & Arielle(4), my parents, my sister, my MIL
3. How do you spend your time?mainly staying home with the girls &/or running them everywhere. I also spend a couple hours a few times a week sitting with a friends mom who has altzheimers.
4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?I'm scared to death that this will end in MC like the last one. I'm terrified that my girls will be jealous & not deal well with the new baby, especialy Arielle because she's always been the baby & I've babied her way too much.
5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?scatterbrained, loud, fun
post #25 of 51
1. Who are you?
Emily, 31, pregnant with #2, part time waitress
2. Who are the most significant people in your life?
my 2.5yo son, my husband and my parents
3. How do you spend your time?
waiting some tables, doing fun stuff with my boy, surfing on the internet, reading tons of books (just read "Protecting the Gift", and currently reading "Pushed"), sewing sometimes
4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?
I have almost no symptoms yet, so I am in denial still. Maybe sore boobs, but otherwise? Well, no period! I keep saying to my husband..."if I am pregnant, then...". I am excited/nervous. Young babyhood was not an easy time for me with my first, and I remember occasional middle of the night promises to myself that I would not do this again, but here we are! I really do want another child, though. Dreaming of a home birth this time!! Yay! My husband didn't even flinch when I told him what I was thinking. SWEET! I am planning to see a local nurse midwife practice for prenatals and back up if needed. But, this is all new to me. Last time I used the local nurse-midwife practice, and ended up with many interventions, although still acheived a vaginal birth, thankfully. Not so satisfied with that birth experience.
post #26 of 51
Who are you? I'm Sue, 31, live on a big island in a small town in Alaska, having my first baby!

Who are the most significant people in your life? My husband, my family, and my close friends

How do you spend your time? I work as an environmental educator, currently directing a summer science camp. I love gardening, knitting, hiking with my dogs, and raising my chickens!

What are your present thoughts/feelings/dreams/ideas/fears about this pregnancy? I'm thrilled. We've been TTC for 2 1/2 years and have been fighting infertility. I'm still amazed we're pregnant! I just can't wait to have a happy healthy baby in my arms.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? tired, nauseous, thrilled
post #27 of 51
1. Who are you? Ally, 27

2. Who are the most significant people in your life? DH Dave (30), DS Brandon (4 1/2), DS Ryland (9/7/05-9/7/05), DD Jocelyn (1 1/2)

3. How do you spend your time? Taking care of my kids, doing work for school and my job, and reading on the internet.

4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?
Losing this pregnancy is my biggest fear--I've already lost a baby at 41 weeks during labor (likely due to medical error), and then twins at 5 weeks likely due to a clot from my essential thrombocythemia. I'm seeing a hematologist at Ohio State University and a perinatologist at Ohio State University to hopefully help catch problems, but a clot can happen so quickly--it's scary.

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?

Motivated, Busy, Dedicated
post #28 of 51

1. Who are you?

Tasha 27, excited about our first little one on the way
2. Who are the most significant people in your life? My husband, my sweet best friend Mica and my family.
3. How do you spend your time? reading, shopping, used to drink lots of coffee, hang out here @ mdc.
4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy? I am excited, yet I am terrifed that something will be wrong with my child. I just want a healthy baby.
5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?
Dork, Geek, Sarcastic
post #29 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by firefly mama View Post
Barbara Harper wrote it - and there is a video to match.

If you are interested in homebirth, I recommend finding a homebirth midwife (or 3) in your area and going to talk with them. They all do free consultations and will answer your questions. In the meantime, watch Business of Being Born and read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.

You could also ask questions of local doulas. Many of them will know some or all area midwives.
Wow thank you both for helping. I didn't know where to begin which is why I didn't even know what questions to ask for. I'd like to know all my options and things I can do. So thanks again, I'll definetely be buying those books and watch that movie. Actually when I was in the TTC thread all of the mammas there recommended the BBB movie
post #30 of 51
Hi, I'm Amanda. I'm 29 and this is my first pregnancy. Most of my time these days is spent: 1.working on my online degree 2.learning everything i can about natural pregnancy and natural childbirth 3.working at my job. (I'm a nurse whose hates the way we do healthcare in this country...kind of strange.) Anyway, the most important people in my life are my husband, friends and family. My husband and I are both thrilled and excited about this pregnancy, but also a little scared. I'm 5 1/2 weeks and I've been bleeding lightly almost since the beginning, and I'm not sure what that's all about. So I wake up every morning preparing myself for the worst, but still picking out baby names and comparing cloth diapers. I think a little optimism probably goes a long way.
post #31 of 51
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post #32 of 51
1. Who are you?

I am Courtney. SAHM of two girls. I am 26 years old. I am hopelessly in love with my dh still, after soon to be 6 years of marriage. "Um, what else. I'd like to go back to school eventually, I miss school.My favorite color is orange, but i don't usually like to wear it, unless it is a burnt orange.


2. Who are the most significant people in your life?

Jewely who is 5 and just finished her 2nd year of school. Jewely is funny, intelligent, creative and loves to sing and perform. (she makes up her own songs, which her little sister is now doing). She can be quite trying and favors her Dad over me, blatantly so. I don't let her know it makes me a little sad. Oh and the reason she is trying is b/c she has all those qualities that will serve her so well as an adult, but make it difficult for a child's parents. There for I try to appreciate them and not squash them.
Josephine is my two year old. She also likes to sing and make up songs, but by far she likes dancing better. It is hilarious to let her watch people dancing b/c she copies them. I especially enjoyed when she watched a pop locker (you know that new robot dance). Josephine is a numbers girl where Jewely is a words girl. She is the cuddly one and prefers me to Chris (my DH) He tries not to mind. She likes Princess, Bugs and pirates. Both girls are dare devils. Once she told me she was going to run away and become a pirate, she would run away to a boat on the sea. Her favorite animals are the giraffe, the penguin, the owl, and the rhino beetle.
My DH is Chris we have been married almost 6 years and as I said above I am still soo crazy about him, although he can be annoying. (kind of like me). He is a plumber for now but hoping to start his own business, plumbing and doing solar water heating, and then in two years branching out into solar electricity. Politically we are opposites, but mostly we try not to argue about it.
The other really important people to me are my sisters. My mom is mostly an alcoholic and not so dependable. But i depend on my sisters. They are my best friends and are so helpful. They don't have kids yet and therefore adore and lavish my kids with attention. Take me out when I need a break and are always there (well mostly) when I need to talk to someone. They are not so crunchy and sometimes get on me for parenting practices, but like I said they don't have kids yet. Someday they'll figure it out.




3. How do you spend your time?
Way to much time on the computer. Trying to limit it. I like reading, doing crafts, cooking, and projects with the kids. Being outside (but i hate the Florida heat, uggh!), hiking especially, I wish i had mountains. we like music, conerts (outside free ones mostly) and dancing to music in the house. I also enjoy sewing, but have a mental block against it if my house is messy, like it is right now.



4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?
Hungry. I am excited and nervous. I love how excited my girls are and how they talk to the baby and hug and kiss it.



5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?

distracted, friendly, passionate
post #33 of 51
1. Who are you? Rachael. 27 year old Mom to 13.5 month son and wife to Chef/Student DH. I work full time outside the home, but my husband will graduate before baby #2 arrives and hopefully I will be able to stay home and work on my own business (freelance writing).

2. Who are the most significant people in your life? My family and a few close friends. It is amazing what a supportive community can do for you. They lift me up when I am down and cheer me on when things are great. I really appreciate my DH and all the wonderful things he does for me and our family even when he is in school full time and working part time, his energy and love for us are amazing.

3. How do you spend your time? Work, Church and Home. I work in financial services and freelance write on the side, takes about 50 hours a week right now but will be worth it in a year. We volunteer on the welcoming team at our church and we serve once a month by helping greet others, we love being with those people and helping them enjoy such a great community. When I am home I love sitting on the floor in my sons room and playing and reading. My husband and I both enjoy food! We spend our date nights trying all kinds of food from the local hole in the wall to the five star place downtown!


4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy? I am excited to be pregnant, last time I was terrified. I am sad for my son, I feel like we should have more time together. I love him SO MUCH it is hard to think of sharing him. Despite my sad feelings I am REALLY EXCITED to be having another baby. My husband and I have been praying for "both kids" and it seems so exciting. I am also excited that this will mark a new chapter in our lives. I plan on working on my own business (I have to work because we are in a high cost of living area) and can't wait to be spending time at home with the kids instead of dressing up for the commute downtown every day. It will also be the first time in our married lives that my DH will not be in school


5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?
Driven, People Person/Networker, Passionate
post #34 of 51
1. Who are you?

I am B, I am 24 and a WAHM to a spectacular 27 month old! I am a seamstress so when she is sleeping I am sewing. I am VERY excited for the arrival of #2!!!! We were planning to TTC this fall but I am more than happy to start early

2. Who are the most significant people in your life?My family! My Ru, DH, parents and brother. I love them immensely



3. How do you spend your time?Playing with a 2 year old and sewing! I also like to sneak in some reading here and there and I love cooking and baking, oh.....and once in awhile I clean



4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?

I am beyond excited. Our fist was an opps (of course the best oops EVER) so I get to see this time around how good it feels to KNOW you want this and not have to be so stressed!
I really want to have another natural birth but this time a water home-birth. i am really excited to meet with my midwives and pick one. Other than that all I want is a h&h 9 months! Though......I am already antsy to find out the sex which I am debating this time because of the creepy ultrasound. I believe its a boy because of these crazy reoccurring dreams I was having before I took the test about a bison talking to me....
I am also excited for DD to become a big sister!


5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?

positive, crafty, fun -I am sure these change daily though
post #35 of 51
1. Who are you?

A petite 25yo holistic, AP, homeschooling SAHM to two little boys in New England.

2. Who are the most significant people in your life?

My amazing husband and my two sweet boys, who are almost-four, and 19 months old.

3. How do you spend your time?

At home with my sons, running errands, visiting with family and friends, and volunteering at church on the social committee.

4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?

I am so excited about this pregnancy! Looking forward to a truly amazing birth this time. Last time was fantsastic, easy and only 2 hours of real "work" to it, but there was still room for improvement. So this time will be EVEN better! As far as fears, I am not giving them energy right now. I'm just reveling in my excitement.

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?

sensitive, devoted, goal-oriented
post #36 of 51
1. Who are you?

I'm Eden, PT graduate school teacher and PT 4 yr old teacher and PT SAHM.

2. Who are the most significant people in your life?

My Dh and my three kids

3. How do you spend your time?

I drive...to the park, to lessons, to school, etc! In my spare tim eI like to knit and sew. I teach two day per week in a small private school and I teach graduate school online...and I am MDC moderator...so I am also online a lot

4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?

I am so suprised!!! I knwo we are fertile with BFP on both firts month tries with ds and dd but this was an oops! I'm sure it will be fine though!

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?

complicated, funny, sarcastic
post #37 of 51
1. Who are you?
~Alison... work at home Mom (I own my own business selling baby carriers), student midwife, bride to be (in a month!) and Mama

2. Who are the most significant people in your life?
~My DP (who I will be marrying on July 10th), our 21 month old DS, and my close girlfriends and their families

3. How do you spend your time?
~Enjoying life with my boys, spending time with our friends and familiy, reading (especially about birth and babies) and being on MDC

4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?
~After many losses there are still lingering fears about miscarrying again. I am praying for a healthy long pregnancy and a beautiful empowering homebirth of a healthy happy baby.


5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?
~Loving, friendly, hot (as in temperature ... between pregnancy hormones and the humidex here I'm dying )
post #38 of 51
Hi, all

1. Who are you? Renee, I'm 39 (will be 40 when this bean arrives), a SAHM to 26 month old Guinevere.

2. Who are the most significant people in your life?
My husband, my daughter, my mother, and my friends.

3. How do you spend your time?
Playing/interacting with Guinevere, keeping the house cleanish, dealing with our four pets, and surfing the net.

4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy? Fears: That it won't stick. That I'll not have the energy required for it (since Winnie doesn't nap at all anymore). That Guinevere will want to continue nursing throughout the whole pregnancy. That my age will end up a factor and the baby could have issues. That I won't have a positive birth experience. Hopes: That the fears are silly and won't be realized. Feelings: Cautious excitement. Stunned, really.

It took us about two years to get pregnant the first time. It took two months of not NOT trying, so we were very shocked that it happened so fast.

I got the positive result today. My EDD is Feb 17.

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?

I can't use just three words. I suck at being concise. But I'd say obsessively research oriented would be a good start.
post #39 of 51
1. Who are you?
I'm Christi, 28 yr old SAHM expat on an adventure in France.

2. Who are the most significant people in your life?
Hubby, Daughter Kacey, my parents and family

3. How do you spend your time?
Making sure Kacey doesnt pull on dog tails or fall down stairs. Since hubby works all day I try to make sure home is warm and inviting for him at the end of the day. Psudo travel planner as we're trying to get the most out of our last year in Paris.

4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this
pregnancy?
I just got my + five min ago so it really hasn't sunk in yet but im excited for sure

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?
Diametrically opposed personalities
post #40 of 51
1. Who are you?
Kelli 29 yr old, SAHM to one DS
2. Who are the most significant people in your life?
My husband, and my son
3. How do you spend your time?
Being a wife and mom- I absolutely love it
4. What are your present thoughts/feelings/ideas/dreams/fears about this pregnancy?
I'm excited, but also totally nervous to have DS lose his "only child" status. I was an only child and have no idea how to handle more than one.
5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would they be?
Loving, Relaxed, Organized
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