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Make Midwifery “legal” in Indiana

Indiana's Senate will be voting on HB 1135. This Bill will extend licensure to Certified Professional Midwives so that they can serve home birth families legally in the state of Indiana. If you LIVE IN INDIANA -- we are calling you to action and asking you to contact your Senator and ask them to support HB 1135. Don't know who your Senator is? No problem -- we provide you a search link to click on at the end of the video. We traveled to Tennessee to birth BOTH our girls with "legal" midwives that had the ability to accompany us to the hospital if transfer was necessary. You can read more about the legalities and choices left for Indiana families wanting home birth options here. Lets change the situation here in Indiana for home birth seeking families!...

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Press Release: The Big Push for Midwives Campaign responds to ACOG's Newest Position Statment

Displaying a stunning lack of regard for patient autonomy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement this week declaring that the group will “allow” laboring women to drink “modest amounts” of clear fluids during labor while continuing to prohibit access to solid food...

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Everly is now 5 days old: A look back on the birth experience.

The last week has been a whirlwind! Everly Charlotte was born on June 23rd 2009 at 1:16am. She weighed 8lbs 12oz and was 21 inches long, her head measured 34 1/2 cm. She was way bigger than we expected her to be but as you'll see by the photos she is darn good and healthy! She was even born with hair which makes me so happy (I was born bald), her hair is red too. Her Apgar scores were 9 at 1 min & 10 at 5 min, which is great. She was feeding like a champ right after birth too, they placed her on my chest right after she was out and she found the nipple no problem. I was even feeding her as they wheeled me through the hospital...

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Headed to The Farm Midwifery Center: Will be meeting my new baby soon!

Most of you already know, today is the day I leave for The Farm to have my baby with a midwife. I've got wonderfully peaceful accommodations right next to the home of my trusted midwife there in The Farm community. I am 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Tater could arrive any day now and we wanted to be sure I was there and settled just a tad early, better safe than sorry right? That way Tater can make her entrance either before or after her "due date" and I'll be exactly where I need to be, ready for it. So, given I have some cell phone reception I'll be live blogging via text message. These will be very short and sweet entries to keep everyone in the loop. I recommend you...

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Preparing for my "homebirth" via my dreams.

The clock is ticking, each day that passes brings N and I that much closer to parenthood. We are still working to get everything we'll need together for Tater's arrival. All the physical stuff is important but we've also started to delve in to the emotional stuff that is preparation for Tater's arrival. Unmedicated, natural childbirth in a homebirth setting is our ultimate goal as many of you already know. We will not be at a hospital to deliver Tater, we've opted to hire a trusted and very capable midwife to attend our delivery. Our midwife is knowledgeable in birth complications, remedies, norms and knows when hospital transport is necessary, that is what we hired her for. We aren't delusional and we aren't swearing off modern medicine, we just want a chance...

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My body = my decision: A rant about big medicine

Today the Indiana Midwifery Licensure Bill is being heard and there is so much dirty politics surrounding it right now. Big medicine doesn't want to bill to pass and now The Indiana State Medical Association is playing the abortion card to get the bill killed in the house. The bottom line is we all deserve a right to make our own choices. If I want to see a chiropractor for back pain as opposed to having back surgery that is my right! If I choose to see a nutritionist about diabetes that is my choice. If I choose to decline the RhoGam shot during pregnancy it is my choice! The insurance companies and the law makers are getting way too involved in these choices and today they are fighting to make sure...

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Babys are popping out everywhere! Read some birth stories!

My internet friend Kari just had her baby boy at The Farm in Tennessee and the birth story is live on her blog. I am so happy for her and and loving that they have shared their story and the photos of their special day! Her midwife, Pamela, is also my midwife for our birth there this summer, what? I think it is great! Also, another internet buddy in Australia, Veronica, just had her little one with midwives (in about 90 minutes!). If you haven't already and are interested stop on by their blogs, read their stories and congratulate them on their great natural births! If you have posted a home birth story I would love for you to enter the URL below and share it with us! I love reading them...

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We toured The Farm and are super pleased!

Well, we visited The Farm on Saturday and were super pleased with our midwife Pamela. It was pouring the whole way from Indiana to Tennessee and the drive was long but we made it safely in one piece and were super glad we decided to take the trip. Pamela spent over 2 hours with us discussing policies and options. We talked about my health, the progress of the pregnancy, took my stats and she even did an internal examination of my pelvic structure. All went really well! Shoot I even gained another pound and a half between Thursday and Saturday, I weighed in at almost 112! My blood pressure was normal (100/60) and she agrees that my weight gain of about 12 pounds over the course of 16 weeks of pregnancy is...

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I am 4 months pregnant and trying to eat better, it is hard!

I know you are all probably sick and tired of reading about my desires to birth at The Farm so I just wanted to mention a few things then I am on to discuss other things. I found a study posted here that takes an interesting look at Farm births versus hospital births, also there is quite a bit of good info available here to support home births. I thought some of you might be interested in the info. N and I had a good weekend. We got the Christmas tree taken down, cleaned the house and ran errands. We also played the Wii and had some fun. I am back to drinking my nutritional shakes (you know the generic version on Ensure) because I am pretty sure my body has been trying...

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Taking the next step towards birthing at The Farm

After talking right through the New Years Eve countdown N agreed that we would make the trip down to The Farm in TN and take the next step towards planning our birth there. The financial aspects of our situation really bother me and they are the only reason why we would choose not to birth at The Farm. We still need to come up with the cash to repair our nice Nissan Maxima that is still in Arizona before little Tater Tot comes. We'll need a safe car to transport our little one around in and the Nissan has airbags and all that safety jazz, the Amigo does not...

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In Indiana breathing mold is okay but home birth is not, just an FYI.

Yeah I know the title seems kind of odd huh? I have been tying all sorts of weird things together these days like posts about a ladies hoo-hoo's and mold. This is just the way my brain is working these days...

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Lets take back our birthing rights!

Did you know the United States is ranked 29th (among industrialized countries) with regards to infant mortality rate? "Since ranking a fairly respectable 12th in 1960, the U.S. fell to an all-time low 29th in the world in infant mortality in 2004, according to the report Recent Trends in Infant Mortality in the United States from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The U.S. infant mortality ranking has been falling steadily, from 23rd in 1990, to 27th in 2000." Quote source Maternity care in this country really bothers me because it is so one sided, it is way to medically managed. I think that modern medical advancements are wonderful and that they really do save and help so many. Hospital birth is a fitting option for many women due to medical...

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