This is the birth of my third child, Sage Darian on Christmas morning (the other two were also homebirths, vids in the way!)
My midwife, Susan Lees, delivered all my babies and her presence during my Christmas Eve labour and Christmas Morning birth was awe-inspiring. Thank you, Sue!!!!
No mother would ever put her unborn child at risk.
As a homebirther of 3 myself, it was imperative to me that my pregnancies were monitored very closely by my midwife and my OB. Only once all physical birthing conditions were right and we were all confident that the births would run smoothly, did we finalise our decisions to homebirth.
Once labour commences, the midwife is called and she in turn calls the OB to put him or her on stand by. Initial communication with the midwife is telephonic until such time that you feel you need to have her there. For some people it's in the early stages of labour, for some it's later. That is entirely a personal choice.
Throughout the labour the midwife is doing cervical checks and monitors the heartrate of the baby with a doppler RELIGIOUSLY. If the midwife AT ANY STAGE feels that you are not dilating and that in turn could place stress on the foetus, then she will call the OB and tell him/her that you are on the way to the hospital STILL IN EARLY STAGES OF LABOUR BEFORE THE BABY IS IN DISTRESS. This often ends in a C-section if the mother was not dilating.
Back to homebirths: Once you are 10cm dilated, and the baby is on the way down, there is no turning back. A C-Section (hospital) is no longer an option. The baby is now in the birth canal and it is now you and your primitive instinct that is going to push this baby out. Your body knows EXACTLY what it needs to do (even if your mind doesn't) and once again the baby's heart rate is monitored closely.
The birthing position is also one of personal choice. The body adopts a position it feels most comfortable in.
The midwife at hand (all midwive's are registered nurses and have done many many hours in labour wards)has all the necessary equipment with her should she need to intervene with the birth. Some midwive's at homebirths also have another midwife to assist them.
All instruments etc are sterilised in the same manner in which they would be in a hospital and NOTHING is left to chance. We choose to birth our children at home, not because we are ANTI-DOCTOR, stubborn and stupid, we choose to birth them at home because it is very important to us that our children arrive onto this planet NATURALLY as intended, into an environment that is calm and overflowing with love.
The labour process is also one that requires TREMENDOUS focus and will power, so you should be in an environment where you feel most comfortable and at ease. For some this is a hospital and for some it is at home, surrounded by one's loved ones.
"In a sincere effort to catch complications early and produce healthier babies, medical science has changed the atmosphere surrounding birth from one of a circle of loving support around laboring women to one of space age technology in a laboratory setting.
Though technology can save lives in a crisis, the routine use of technology can interfere with the normal birth process"
Hospitals are for people who are very ill, why would you want to birth your precious child into an environment like that if you don't have to??
A camping trip turns ugly when a group of young teenagers decide to take a swim at a lake and one of them has an asthma attack and dies. Others panic and place the body in an old house. The terror starts when the body mysteriously disappears and they could not find it. But little do they know that the house is haunted and used to be occupied by a midwife who practiced black magic, who was eventually killed by villagers. Now her spirit has return and anyone that comes in contact with the house is never seen again.
No pain medication. 27-hour labor. Doula and midwife assisted labor in a birthing center.
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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****
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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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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.