Last-minute maintenance before I go to bed: load the dishwasher, brush my teeth, wash my face ... it’s nearing 11 o'clock when my cell rings. I know who it is even before I look. Oh, WHY didn’t I take a nap this afternoon? Unable to keep from smiling, I answer the phone,"Are we ready to have a baby?"
The mom-to-be on the other end questions her feelings. Contractions? Gas pains? Wishful thinking?
1. In our state, having a home birth is difficult to come by. LPMs/CPMs are not allowed to legally practice. (Here's where you can check the laws in your state.)2. Following my body in pregnancy and birth is paramount to have the most natural/normal birth I can.3. We believe in the right to choose and not be pushed or fear-mongered into interventions or unnecessary testing/procedures. I also don't have much patience in "defending" or "explaining" our choices and decisions with doubtful health care providers....more
At 12:29pm I received a text from my friend Eric. It went a little something like this…would you be interested and available to be here with us? Brit said she wants you here and I agree. If you’d like to come to the house for emotional support, Brittany is asking for it. If you’re not able to, that’s 100% fine....more
Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a fun and relaxing weekend! We had to say goodbye to Kyle's mom yesterday which officially means we are on our own! We have been so fortunate to have both mine and Kyle's mom staying with us over the past few months to help me finish out my pregnancy and transition into life with two kids. Now, I apparently have to do my own laundry and cook my family meals...weird. ;)
I think some doulas would say, for their own sake, that every mother should have a doula - that every family needs one. I will be the first to say that I don't believe this to be true. And there are a few other things I'd want to hear from a doula if I were pregnant and looking for one. So I'll say some things - some things I say when I'm talking to other doula ladies and you can listen in... ...more