i'm pregnant with third, due november 18. i have a ds just turned four and a ds 19 months. it will be our first homebirth, there will be a professional midwife with her apprentice attending and maybe our children will be there.
the first birth was with cnms in minneapolis, the second was in baton rouge with professional midwife at her birthing center. all births were normal no interference no tearing etc. under six hours incredible and posterior. this is the first birth that i am deciding what i want.....before, decisions were made according to what i didn't want. i can see how much i have changed. motherhood is empowering. i have been nursing for four years.
last time yielded a ten pounder birthed with fist, the nuchial arm, we'll see how this one is i'm a 5'3" asian woman! i plan to birth essentially unassisted, just not technically. i like having the midwife for prenatal and my dh is more comfortable having help standby.
i am going to use the placenta as medicine this time. i will cast my belly the last month. and i guess i need to make some curtains! red raspberry leaf tea has saved me this pregnancy, and again i have reached a higher ground with my diet.
this pregnancy has been strange, as usual. my husband hurt his back three months ago and has been home from work unable to sit stand or walk for long. he has the trump card, for now. and i am healthier than ever while life is harder than ever.
the best parenting books for me are the continuum concept by jean leidloff and easy to love, difficult to discipline by becky bailey.
i believe wearing a sling and nursing the baby on one breast while resuming activities has given me the best form of mothering experience.