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Hi everyone! I'll introduce myself. I'm a 29 yo mama of 2, 1, 7 yo. and 1, 9 mo.. I grew up in Indiana until the age of 19. My boyfriend and I traveled around the midwest for awhile. While visiting family in Indiana, we became pregnant with my first son. I knew I wanted a homebirth, yet we had no money. I began looking into assistance programs, and was not able to find any that would help to assist paying for a midwife, let alone a homebirth. All I did find were a bunch of negative comments about homebirth and a lot of inaccurate facts. I was told I was going to die! Well, I knew my body could do it and I didn't let them get to me. My boyfriend and I decided it would be a good time to travel, since I had never been west of the Mississippi River, and once the baby was born we would probably want to settle down. So, we packed up our '79 Chevy Wagon we named Lucy and headed west, with no destination.<br>
Along our travels we were lead to Arcata, California to see the redwoods and joined an organization called Earth First to learn about non-violent activism and participated in some actions to help save what's left of the beautiful ancient redwoods. We met a wonderful woman, who took us in as her own, and let us live with her and give birth in her home. If you'd like to read my birth stories I'll try to post them sometime during Thanksgiving week. They're quite interesting. I'm still here in Northern California, and only plan to leave if I'm visiting family or vacationing. I love it here!<br>
I enjoy ceramics, and am hoping to one day have my own ceramic studio. So far, I have a kiln and am looking for an electric wheel. I also enjoy, knitting, crocheting, bicycling, walking, hiking, mothering, and posting.<br>
Through the years of becoming a mother and homebirthing, I've felt a strong pull to become a midwife. It's now stronger than ever, and am hoping to pursue my dream as soon as my youngest ds is at an age that I feel comfortable leaving him with a sitter. Until then I'm learning as much as I can from reading the Mothering Forums and through Midwifery Today.<br>
I'm looking forward to meeting you and growing with you. Does anyone know when I become a full-fledged member? Is it an amount of time, or number of posts?<br><br>
Peace out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace"> ,<br><br>
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Hi mama! I'm in N. CA too. Have you heard of a program called Birthworks? My sister was trained by them. Here's link to check it out.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><a href="http://www.birthworks.org/cecert.html" target="_blank">http://www.birthworks.org/cecert.html</a>
 

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Thanks for the wonderful welcome! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better.<br>
Velcromom, I have heard of Birthworks, but haven't looked into it much. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rocks.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="mdc rocks">
 

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Welcome and enjoy!
 

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Hi, Nor Cal Mama!<br>
I'm a CA girl, living in IN. I'm from Long Beach, but I lived in Arcata when I was in college. Ohhh, I miss the Redwoods!<br>
I ended up in IN after I met dh, 7 years ago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> He's from IN. Fortunately, I found wonderful midwives and friends in IN...but it'll never have the same feel as Nor Cal.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace">
 

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Welcome to MDC and welcome to North California! I live in San Fran Bay area <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Welcome to MDC. DH and I both grew up in Indiana. He grew up in Ft Wayne and I in a little town called Hagerstown. This is a wonderful place to be to get a lot of info about midwifery and homebirthing along with meeting a lot of wonderful people who share a lot of the same views and can support one another.
 

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