No pain medication. 27-hour labor. Doula and midwife assisted labor in a birthing center.
Part 2 - Delivery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSnC8a2xizQ
Part 3 - Reflections: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTRoM-QzL9o
Buckle up everyone, here's my birthing story! It's a big one, so we've divided it into three parts.
Labor began at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept 10 and lasted through the night and into the morning. I was unable to sleep, but managing fairly well. We called our doula over around noon and soon it was time to drive to the alternative birthing center at a nearby hospital. When the midwife checked me out I was 5cm dilated. Yeah for the rookie mom! We were worried I'd be at a 1 or 2.
I continued to labor in the birthing center - mainly in the shower and down on all fours with the birthing ball - till 4 p.m. When my midwife rechecked me I was at a 7! Life was good. I had hope! I labored for 2 more hours... very intense, very painful and thank God for Mike who literally held my back together with every contraction to help offset the pressure. I was rechecked at 6 p.m. and was making progress.
We labored for another half hour and then filled the birthing tub...
Providing new parents and parents to-be with advice on getting to grips with breast feeding with Midwife and baby confidence coach Vicki Scott.
Our third home birth for our third child. Labor was slow in starting and after a day and being stuck at 5 cm, my midwife suggested castor oil. Once the castor oil kicked in, our son Carl Victor was born at 11:33 PM January 10, 2011, weighing 7 lbs 1 oz, and was 20 inches long. The contractions I had for the day were not painful, so I was more worn out emotionally and just ready to have my baby. I really only count my labor 3 1/2 hours long (the labor after taking castor oil). Enjoy. Home birth has been so empowering to me, and hope that this video encourages other women to consider it.
Having trouble getting baby to latch on to your breast? Get advice from mums like you and experts on the best ways to breastfeed your baby.
Although many women find breastfeeding straightforward, there are some who have problems. But don't give up because there are ways of relieving them
Sore, cracked nipples
Your baby's frequent attempts at latching on, especially if she doesn't manage it properly first time at each feed, can make your nipples very sore and sometimes cracked and bleeding. But, uncomfortable as it may be, the best cure is actually to keep on feeding, but making sure your baby is correctly positioned at the breast.
When your milk first comes in, your breasts become very full and engorged. Engorgement can also occur later if you don't alternate breasts when feeding. Feeding your baby relieves the condition. Engorged breasts can flatten out your nipples, making it more difficult for your baby to latch on. If this is the case, express a little milk by hand before you feed her.
A blocked milk duct can sometimes cause a hard, tender red patch to appear on your breast. Make sure your bra is not too tight and feed your baby from the affected breast first, leaning forward slightly as this will help to empty the breast. Putting cold Savoy cabbage leaves from the fridge into your bra to the soothe your breast often helps. Standing in a warm shower and gently stroking a comb down the affected part of your breast may help to ease the blockage. Talk to your midwife, health visitor, GP or breastfeeding counsellor if there is no improvement within a couple of days.
This is usually caused by breastmilk collecting behind a blocked milk duct, although it can also be caused by an infection. Your breast will become hot and tender and you'll develop a high temperature and flu-like symptoms. If you have these symptoms, see your health visitor or midwife as soon as possible so you can start a course of antibiotics.
If you suffer from intense pain inside your breasts during or after breastfeeding, have cracked nipples that won't heal or very sensitive nipples, you may have thrush, which may have been passed on orally by your baby during breastfeeding. Talk to your GP, midwife or health visitor about getting treatment.
Using nipple shields
Nipple shields - flexible silicone protectors with holes at the top, which are placed over the nipple - may help to ease the pain while feeding. They can be difficult to keep in place if your breasts are very full. Use them only to give your nipples a couple of days rest, otherwise your baby may get used to them and find it hard to return to your breast.
Let down - a reflex that starts your milk flowing down your milk ducts - can be felt as a slight tingling sensation, or it can be quite uncomfortable. It can take anything from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on how relaxed you are. If you do find it uncomfortable, make sure you are wearing a well-fitted bra, don't wear tight tops and avoid carrying bags that brush against your breasts and cause discomfort.
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My wife, Sarah, corrected me, she was in labor for 38 hours. It was a long night.
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Here are some excellent articles on midwifery that helped my wife and I choose to use a midwife over conventional birthing methods:
Natural Birthing Options
The Midwife: A Steadily Growing and Natural Childbirth Option
Doulas (Professional Labor Assistants) Can Save Lives of Mothers and Newborns
We used Idaho Balsam Fir applied directly to bring down the swelling in the crown babies have when they're born.
Sarah used Gentle Baby for a few months up to birth to prepare her paranethium for birth. She did not need an epesiotomy.
We used eucalyptus oils on her chest and back and throat for her lungs. Her lungs cleared up in less than two weeks, all naturally.
Jessica had little congestion in her lungs because she came a few days past due. The doctors at the hospital didn't give her any drugs or anything else. We just wanted to stay overnight and make sure she was good.
This is the time lapse of the birthing process at the birthing center in Eugene, Oregon midwife. Personal material happened just off screen as a way of self editing. Thus the empty bed shots interspersed.
Despite being flagged for adult content, there is not a single frame of explicit content. This video falls safely withing the guidelines of conduct from the youtube channel. Furthermore there are videos on this subject posted on youtube that are far more graphic that are have not been penalized.
Our goal is to offer a comparison and contrast to a clinical hospital birth vs a midwife birth. (see the birth of Luke before it too is flagged.)
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Our second son's welcome into this world.
This is the mommy in this birth video. I'm giving background info for viewers understanding. My husband posted this but I'm glad to share this wonderful exp. This was our 2nd birth (1st was Taylor now 5 born at home in tub too after 12 hours of labor). If mom and baby are healthy and you have all the necessary pre-natal care and are fully educated on labor/birth and what to expect and really want a homebirth exp. (no fear) than this is the way to go man! It was the most empowering exp. of my life.
The reason midwife is not here is my husband told her it would be 1 hr. when she called to check on us at 4am. what does he know---he's just a man and I couldn't really verbalize that is would be sooner. The call you see in the video (where my husband has the head in his hands)at 5am is midwife again, 30 min. away still. Well, she's gonna be late,huh? My sister, best friend & my mom who is tending to our 22 month (Taylor—now 5) were there. He was crying because its 4:45am, he just woke up & wanted Mommy like all kids do at 5am-he also wanted to get in the pool. He was not traumatized by seeing me give birth. I was having a baby--one of the most nautural things in the world.
Baby Born at Baby Love Birth Center in Cape Coral, FL. The "bag of waters" stays intact until the baby is born and baby is born "in caul", which is said to confer special sight to a baby.
Due to the impatience of modern obstetrics, most babies have their sacs "broken" during labor, in the theory that birth will occur faster. We prefer to leave moms and babies undisturbed.
I would like for people to see what is possible when you leave things as nature intended.
Baby was born healthy, 7 pounds 5 ounces.
Samantha McCormick, Nurse Midwife
In the birth of my first child, I decided to have her in the little tub back home, it was a beautiful birth experience and I loved every minute of it, yet I was not able to have her in water...last minute I had to change positions and I ended up in the bed....When it came turn of my second child I decided to go to the hospital in a nice sized tub, the water really does miracles when it comes to birth "pain".
I also have to thanks the Danish open mind when it comes to birth, the wonderful midwifes, Elsie Bittencourt that filmed and help me before, during and after and my wonderful mother that showed me the way to such amazing birth experiences.
was on the phone with my midwife... yea yea i knowww you can see my boy shorts. lalalalalalaaaa
poor benny looked so freaked out haah
This is a story of the homebirth of our son, River Jeremiah... it only took 4 hours for this 9 lbs baby to arrive. Baby credits go to mommy & daddy, Whitney & John Canales- under the care of our Midwife Alisa Voss, LM, CPM -- www.alisavoss.com
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My sister had a water-birth at home on March 24th, 2010 and gave birth to my nephew, Jacob Ransom. I had the privilege of being there to photograph the event.
It was an amazing experience. I recommend home birth to every pregnant woman out there.
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My sister's midwife (who is now also my midwife!), Jen McFarland, was incredible. You can contact her on her website. http://www.mybirthbydesign.com/
The type of birthing pool used is called an "Aquaborn". It worked out really well. You can see these at http://www.waterbirthsolutions.com/Aquaborn_Eco_Pools.html
Music is "Go There With You" by Steven Curtis Chapman.
A water birth can be a comforting, beautiful experience for many women while providing benefits over more conventional birthing techniques. Learn about water birth with advice from a certified nurse-midwife and professor of nursing in this free video on home childbirth.
Expert: Michelle Collins
Bio: Michelle Collins has more than 20 years of experience in the field of maternal-child health, first as a labor, delivery and pediatric nurse, and currently as a certified nurse-midwife.
Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge
The clip abandoned school from Children of Men (2006) with Clive Owen, Pam Ferris
I was 31. Midwife at the John Radcliffe.
I was doing a stint in the antenatal clinic.
Three of my patients miscarried in one week.
Others were in their fifth and sixth month. We managed to save two of the poor babies.
Next week, five more miscarried.
Then the miscarriages started happening earlier.
I remember booking a woman in for her next appointment
and noticing that the page seven months ahead was completely blank.
Not a single name.
I rang a friend who was working at Queen Charlotte's,
and she had no new pregnancies, either.
She then rang her sister in Sydney.
And it was the same thing there.
You can relax. She's finished.
As the sound of the playgrounds faded,
the despair set in.
Home birth of Love Gordon, edited. Midwife: Diane Smith, Doula: Christina Sanders
The clip talking while fixing car from American Graffiti (1973) with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss
Hold that up.
You're right about that.
But why should I leave home to find a home?
Why should I leave friends that I love to find new friends?
Wait a minute, wait a minute! I've heard this already.
Aren't you the one that told me for eight weeks...
that you have to leave the nest sometime?
I realize that.
No "realizing". You've been telling me all summer...
that it's time to stick your head out of the sand...
and take a look at the big, beautiful world out there somewhere.
Gimme this thing. I feel like a midwife.
I may have been wrong, Curt.
Wrong, nothing! You've been telling me for eight weeks.
Yeah, I know.
You're just mentally playing with yourself.
Just relax and we'll talk about it at the airport.
Where're you going?
It's awfully early in the morning.
I have a dental appointment.
Come on, Curt.
Just relax, will ya? I'll see you at the airport.