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I am finally getting settled at home after almost five weeks at the Farm in Tennessee. We were there for the birth of our second child and it was there that Asher Gunnar DeHart was born. We had an amazing and memorable experience there. There were so many moments while planning our birth there that we really questioned why we were traveling so far and complicating our lives in order to have a homebirth but of course it was all so worth it. I was put on partial bed rest by our midwives in Buffalo at 30 weeks due to early contractions and dilating. We also were advised to arrive at the Farm a month before my due date in case I went early. In the end we had 3 1/2 weeks at the Farm of blissful vacation that focused around swimming at their amazing beach. Asher, like my two year old Emmit, had his hand up on his head preventing him from dropping. Thus I was having lots of contractions but not dilating beyond 2 1/2 centimeters. On July 12th, Carol- our Farm midwife, swept my membrane twice and the contractions then got much stronger. I awoke on July 13th at 2:30 in the morning to labor like contractions and my water breaking. My husband started filling up the birthing tub in the little birthing cabin we had rented for the month. We called Carol at 2:45 a.m. and Asher was born two hours later after only ten minutes of pushing. Emmit was born after 3 1/2 hours of labor and 20 min. of pushing so I am lucky to have short but quite intense labors. This time though I actually had a break between the contractions whereas with Emmit it felt like a 3 1/2 hour solid contraction. Carol and Jeanne (the back up midwife) were amazing and it was wonderful to be able to have pauses between contractions to listen to their suggestions. I did horse lips (see Ina May's books) during my contractions and that made all the difference in the world. Asher was 8 lbs. and 20" and is now close to 10 lbs. and a couple inches longer at 3 1/2 weeks. Our experience at the Farm is of course a much longer story but I can't reccomend the place enough for either a birth or just a family vacation. Having a homebirth in Buffalo has become such a legally complicated and tricky thing that we just didn't want to take the risk not to mention all of the really experienced and certified midwives there are no longer practicing because of the challenges that face them. It is wonderful to know that there is a place anyone can go if they really want to have a homebirth and Tennessee turned out to be a beautiful and welcoming place we knew nothing about before. Jesica
 

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sounds wonderful!! I too did the "horse lips" with my 3rd...works amazingly!!!...(I wish I had known how much it helped, with my first 2)
 

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Congratulations! Sounds like such a wonderful experience!<br><br>
We had our ds at the Farm and Carol was one of our midwives, along with Ina May -- it was amazing. We will definitely consider going back if we are blessed with a #2.<br><br>
Happy babymoon!
 

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What a great story! Thanks for sharing it! I would definitely have to consider doing as you did and going to the Farm if I did not have the option of homebirth where I lived. How great that things went so well for you and the baby! I'm sure a lot of that had to do with how peaceful you felt on your 'vacation'! I didn't know you could just take a vacation there- I would love to do that sometime!
 

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Congratulations! Your baby is carrying on a legacy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> How neat to be FARM BIRTHED BABY! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Awesome birth.<br><br>
What is horse lips?<br><br>
I keep picturing my horse as she flops her bottom lip against her top lip when she is deep in thought...
 

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horse lips is a term that Ina May uses in her books as a way of relaxing your lips by blowing air out through loose lips. There is a direct corelation between your lips and your cervix so if your lips are relaxed so is your cervix. You can do this during labor by kissing, breath work, horse lips, etc....<br><br>
Yes, you can take a vacation at the Farm and there are lots of options for places to stay. Quite a few families there have guest houses or quarters in their home that rent for $600/month or $200/week. The only downfall were the ticks but otherwise it makes for an amazing summer time vacation destination and the people that live there are so warm and welcoming. It isn't the hippie farm it once was and has matured quite nicely. It is still very laid back and alternative. There are pictures from our time there on our blog but you will have to look back at July: "<a href="http://www.emmitsworld.blogspot.com" target="_blank">http://www.emmitsworld.blogspot.com</a>"<br><br>
Jesica
 
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