In this chapter the Mom has the first 5 (I think) babies at home and then for number 6 she decides to try the hospital. She stays at the hospital for a few hours and then walks home with her suitcase because the nurses wouldn't let her do anything and she was bored and lonely! That was so cool, I thought. Two of the children arrived just as the doctor arrived. Number 12 she again decided to go to the hospital and this time she enjoyed it because the nurses waited on her hand-and-foot for 10 days.
A few things I thought interesting:
1) That she walked home from the hospital because the nurses wouldn't let her do anything.
2) That she stayed in bed for a day or two and then rested for another two weeks, or something like that after the birth of each child.
3) That the baby's bassinet was in the room with Mom and Dad because Dad thought it was sad and inappropriate for the baby to be bundled off to a crib in his/her own room.
I think I'll be reading this chapter again sometime when dh is around, although I'll skip the part where she has number 12 in the hospital and enjoys it .
Does anyone have any other good stories with homebirths? Not birth books, but books about other things that happen to have a good homebirth in them (even if it is before the time of birth belongs in the hospital).
I don't think I have ready any books and been suprised by a homebirth. Maybe a Danielle Steele novel. But I have seen a few shows I was surprised about. Like Malcom in the Middle - even though it wasn't planned. THere was an episode of ER where the woman refused to leave her apartment because she wanted to give birth while watching the snow fall out the window, that was cute. Sounds like something I would do, lol.
Originally Posted by pamamidwife
The book "Into the Forest" by Jean Hegland has homebirth, homeschooling and breastfeeding all in it. HIGHLY recommend, though maybe not for kids.
-Alice, SAHM to dd (2001) and ds (2004) each of whom was a , who each self-weaned at 4.5 years , who both 'd, who were both, and both: . Also, , and !
Here as mama to W (2/04), R (5/06), D (7/09), and J (12/9/12!), co-parenting with my DH
I WOH part-time, am a doula & childbirth educator, home/unschool, and hope we are nearing the center of chaos
I assume the "Anne" books are part of the "Anne of Green Gables" series? I think I only ever read the first two, but I know that the whole series is sitting in my childhood bedroom. I'll definitely have to go back to it.
I loved the Jean Auel series and wouldn't mind going back to read it again!
I'm going to check out the library for "A Midwife's Tale" and "Dr. Frau" and "Into the Forest".
Originally Posted by Sustainer
Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel -- takes place WAY before the time of "birth belongs in a hospital"
I those books too.
Originally Posted by paquerette
I liked Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, but some of the bf'ing stuff annoyed me. There was something about how, if a mother had another baby too soon, she'd have to leave one to die in the woods because there wouldn't be enough milk for two. : And also, when one mother lost her milk, the other women in the community were upset and confused that Ayla wanted them to each take on an occasional feeding of the baby, dividing it up so no one would have to do much, and they all thought their own babies would starve. She seemed to be under the impression that there was no way anyone could nurse more than one child. I guess I missed the part about how prehistoric women only had one breast.
I've gotta go read those again.
Originally Posted by theelfqueen
I love Anne's House of Dreams, lovely.
I love how GD for their times Anne and Gilbert are!
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