Anyway, all of the online UC communities I've been involved with in the past seem to have vanished, so here I am. Hope to get to know some of you well over the next months.
him-- ds 3/91, me -- ds 5/93
us - dd 2/00, ds 8/02, ds 5/07, dd 2/11 & cautiously expecting baby girl 8/14
Oh wow! I was under the impression the northern europe has a higher number of homebirths. Go you for making your way!
Shakti & Shiva dancing to this song since Beltaine 2011!
Fiona, 1/29/04, Rosie, 7/26/05, and another little expected in late November, 2013!
I've had so much fun reading all the other introductions and getting to know y'all :) Nice to see there are at least 3 others "due" around the time I am, December'ish.
I am pregnant with my 5th. My first was a csection, second was an induced VBAC (I'm sure that OB was trying to sabatoge my birth, he didn't like my plans of a VBAC to begin with), third was a second hospital birth, thankfully finally went into labor on my own at least, but I did get the epidural. I finally came to my senses on my 4th. I was desperate for my home birth but moved to a terribly midwife unfriendly state 8 weeks in. So I researched UC and found that it seemed to be a perfect fit! It turned out to be very successful and the best experience of my life. I am currently deciding whether I want another one or not. Unfortunately my husband is deployed and we're not sure when he is to return. They have said December, January and have even heard rumors of October, so I'm praying he is able to be here. If he was here there would be no doubt I would do another UC but we'll see. I really can't picture having anyone around, just the thought of it bothers me to no end, so I'm leaning more towards UC at the moment.
I hope this group fares to be more active than others I have explored! I am excited to get to researching again ;)
I know Sweden does homebirths-some of my friends there have had them. Which also most likely means Norway is homebirth friendly too, but thats just an assumption:) I was at an ABC's of homebirth evening here about 2 years ago and remember them talking about some difficulties..... I guess they need to bring in some blood for testing (from the cord or placenta?) and because the birth has not taken place in the hospital, they have troubles getting it through with a name not registered....something like that. I didnt really understand. 2 ladies were midwives, took a course taught by Ina May Gaskin. Both have worked many years in the hospital, now one is offering the homebirth option and the other I guess is her helper. (2000 euros to be paid before birth= 2-3 visits before birth, the birth itself and follow up after-We are not a super rich family:)) We are living in southern Finland, near Helsinki, and I have heard a couple times that further up north in the hospitals there they try to have more natural births, meaning less drugs or none at all. Helsinki, seeing its pretty big (LOL!!! nothing compared to ie:Toronto or Minneapolis:)), they are pretty ''hospitalized'', if you know what I mean. I brought a 'wish list' with when I was birthing my third, and they were able to allow almost everything on it, like no belts, monitoring, tho some things REALLY still bother me(fetal scalp monitoring is a must supposedly, which I have come to hate:(). Oh well. I also read recently that they are putting in some extra info in these pregnancy handbooks they give out at the maternity clinic for those who do homebirths- A major step for us ones here going that way!! But yeah, 10 homebirths per year is not much:) I cant find words to descibe how I feel about finding MDC and especially this about birth and UCing! I love reading the birth stories and have read many years back already. I also found one thread where someone put together a LOOONG list of UCers and their birth stories. SO empowering and encouraging! This is a great place to learn so much about woman's natural ability to birth herself. Its great to get to know others for support too!!!