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#1 of 8 Old 05-02-2002, 02:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Do you birth your babies or are they delivered?
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mine was birthed!
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Birthed!
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I birthed mine but I know a lot of women who needed them to be delivered. Maybe cuz they were loaded on drugs and couldn't birth properly. *shrug*
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Well I was not loaded up on drugs at my home, but during my homebirth 18 months ago, I needed help *delivering* my baby from my Midwife.

Baby was a shoulder dystocia and the head was out for 4 minutes and the anterior shoulder was stuck on my pubic bone. I was glad to have someone to *help me* deliver my own baby.

When I teach childbirth classes, I play the same semantics game, but ask them during introductions, " who will deliver your baby"? the correct answer being of course, YOU will!
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I birthed AND delivered my babies. (IS this an option? ) I actually was thinking about this cuz I was reading "baby catcher" by peggy vincent and she kept saying she delivered all these babies (she was a homebirth/birth center/hospital nurse and midwife) and it irritated me since Im so used to women saying that they delivered their own babies, not that anyone delivered them!
I think these semantics make a big difference, personally.
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I "birthed" mine. I remember once reading an older account of birth where it was written that the mother "was delivered of an 8 lb baby boy." For some reason that wording made my skin crawl--I think it sounded more like the removal of a tumor or something, yk? (maybe it's just me though)

When I was pregnant with my youngest, my dd who was 5 at the time, referred to the coming delivery as, "When you have birth." This was probably a cross between "give birth" and "have a baby" which she mixed up, but I kind of liked that.

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I birthed my baby, for sure! And it was glorious!

My wonderful midwife caught her for me and set her on my tummy.
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