Our birth story… on hold

Hi everyone! Most of you know that baby Rebecca has arrived (YAY!) and we are all healthy and safe and happy. I appreciate all the love, well wishes, and support over the past few days–it really means a lot.

I wish so very much that I could share more with you. If you’ve been following this online the past few days, you know what’s been going on.

Our lawyer and organizations have advised us to remove current posts about the birth and baby and to not post new information at this time…. the reason

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Our cost of having a homebirth

Last August I posted about costs of a homebirth, but it was still pretty early on in our pregnancy so I used estimates. Now that we’re ready to go any day now (baby, where are you?!), I thought I’d update the prices for those of you curious about paying for a homebirth with a midwife.

photo from cafepress.com

Please keep in mind that costs will vary greatly. It can depend on your location–some midwives charge much more, some charge much less. It can depend on what

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Homebirth guest post

**Jennifer is a lovely woman I met online. She was reading my blog and saw my lists of things we still needed for our homebirth… she had some items leftover from her own homebirths and she very kindly and generously sent them to me. I appreciate it SO MUCH! I asked her if she’d type up a guest post about her homebirth so I could share it with all of you. Please say hi and show Jennifer some love! If you have ANY questions for her, feel free to leave them in the comments

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the baby bucket list

I’ve got 5 weeks left. Just over a month. That’s 5 weekends to get things done with my husband, since weekdays are spent with Ryan while the hubby is at work. FIVE. I need to plan well. Lately, it’s all I think about. I might drive myself crazy first…. I make list after list, losing every one or changing the order or adding more things.

Well, I’m writing this blog post for me–to keep track of what I want to do or need to do–a list I won’t lose and a list

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Homebirth supplies???

I just got a list from my midwife for supplies we need to buy for our upcoming homebirth. She does have a “birth kit” set up through a website so I can easily just order everything together for about $30.

~1-2 dozen large “chux” pads (basically like flat, adult diapers… puppy pads work just as well, yea???) ~1 box sterile gauze sponges (4×4’s) ~1-2 boxes of large overnight sanitary napkins or a box of adult diapers (AWESOME) ~1 peri-bottle (small squeeze bottle) ~1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide ~1 sterile bulb syringe ~1 unopened

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hot trend: water births?!

One of my guilty pleasures: celebrity gossip magazines. I rarely get to read them (what is this thing you call free time?), so this is from an old magazine that came out months ago, but in case you didn’t notice it….

Water births are a hot trend! Someone tell Posh Spice and her scheduled c-sections that she’s losing. She’s out. Gisele, Jennifer and Selma are in.

Since this image says that Selma is planning a water birth, due this summer… and it’s now winter…

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the decision to VBAC

Heard of “VBAC,” but don’t really know what it is? Interested in having a VBAC, but need more information to make your decision? There’s too much fear around VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean) circulating out there and slight risks (serious, but slight) are blown out of proportion. Want a repeat c-section? That’s okay, too, I just want to be sure women are making an informed decision, not one based on scare tactics.

1. About 75% of women that labor naturally for a VBAC are successful.

2. When discussing VBAC with

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