It started as most days do, slowly waking with the family and doing daily life tasks. To take our minds off being “past the due date” (40 +3), my partner went disc golfing with our two older girls. I stayed home taking time to relax and connect with the babe, working on a sale for my little handmade online shop.
I felt a bit different as the day went on. I just knew it wouldn’t be too long before she would be earthside with us.
Nothing could prepare me for the emotions that would fill my head and heart during my second birth experience. Not one word of advice, homebirth video or birth story would have explained the intensity, healing and pure bliss I would journey.
I have grown a very soft spot in my heart for the Ina May Gaskin thru my pregnancy and my short time as a mother thus far. She is nothing less than remarkable. Her work as well as the rest of the farm midwives for over 40 years now has empowered me to know that our bodies as women are very powerful and somewhat magical in a way.
I have learned in my own birth that I wish more of Americas medical professionals would believe in the womans body and ability to birth more. Did you know that America’s natural birth rate is below 2%? Ina May and her Farm Midwives are at 95%! What have we become? Continue reading →
My pregnancy went very well and I was lucky to have no real issues. It was actually one of the best times of my life thus far. My husband Jeff and I had been anxiously awaiting her arrival as our EDD changed from the 11th to the 1st of August after an ultrasound tech assured us we were farther along than we or our midwives has suspected. It became clear as the days rolled right past the first of August that we should have stuck with our instincts. You are prepared for so many things in pregnancy, but the emotion of that last week or two of waiting I had not prepared myself for. Continue reading →