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home birth Tag

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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Really, 5 min cake in a mug? You becha!

Yeah, so thanks to Witchypoo's talks of birthday cake and wine I was having my own cake craving yesterday. She recommended I search for the 5 min cake in a mug recipe for some instant chocolate goodness and I found it here. Calls for tablespoons of sugar, flour (specifically cake flour), cocoa powder, milk, oil and an egg. Seems simple enough but then you microwave it. Sort of strange if you ask me but what the heck? So I combine my all purpose flour (didn't have cake flour, is there a difference?) , sugar, cocoa and the egg. Then I added the milk and oil and mixed the heck out of it as directed. Popped the mug in to the microwave and stood back. Our microwave makes this strange sound when you nuke stuff,...

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Summertown & Nashville Tennessee weekend recap, fun times!

We had a blast this weekend and even took some photos to share with you. Hopefully you enjoyed the belly shot photos I shared with you over the weekend. If you haven't seen those yet you can by following this link. For those of you who didn't already know we planned to spend my birthday weekend in Tennessee. It was our last appointment with our midwife out at The Farm until we come to stay and deliver Tater in early June. We figured it would also be kind of nice to plan a mini vacation for that weekend since it will be basically the last time we travel for leisure as just the two of us before Tater arrives. N did have a nice dinner planned for me at The Melting Pot in...

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25th week prenatal appointment updates and brain dump.

Yesterday was my 25 week prenatal appointment with the useless OBGYN. Got the all clear on mine and Tater's health. Things are still going normally and are on track. I weighed in at 123.5 lbs which is 4.5 pounds more than last checkup. That is perfectly normal when you remember the recommended weight gain during the 2nd trimester is 1 to 1.5 lbs per week. I got my dreaded Glucola drink for the next appointment in two weeks. They are doing my blood glucose test and will also be running my blood work to check for any antibodies that may have been developed during pregnancy. I hate having blood drawn, remember how I passed out at our first prenatal appointment? I hope there is no repeat of that incident at the...

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Home birthing supply kit and Tater preparations.

I still can't believe I am a pregnant lady! Spending my days at home doesn't provide much opportunity for getting dressed up in much more than PJ's or workout clothes. Naturally I have not been able to see just how pregnant I truly am since I am not getting dressed up and going many places these days. Today was another story though. I had my 2nd followup chiropractor appointment to attend so I was up, dressed and even put on some light makeup today. I looked like my usual self except for the baby bump (that I am still not used to seeing). I've been on the lookout for the inevitable stretch-marks and have been applying lotions and creams often. Then my mom informs me that they don't actually appear until after...

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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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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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Watch Freebirthing on Discovery Health next week!

The Discovery Health channel will be airing "Freebirthing" several more times next week if you are at all interested in alternative birthing practices. Freebirthing is basically unassisted childbirth, women who usually have low risk pregnancies learn about the birth process and carry it out on their own without doctors or midwives. They simply tune in to their own bodies and trust that their body already knows how to birth. A quote on unassisted childbirth from www.unassistedchildbirth.com "A woman in labor needs to be supported emotionally, or simply left alone. All the knowledge she needs to birth her baby is already within her. Her job is simply to relax, trust her body, and allow her baby to enter the world." After reading many birth stories I've become more of believer...

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It is finally friday yay! And tots rock, mmmm

Tater tots have saved my stomach today. I am not sure how or why but salty tots coated in ketchup got me from "ugh, I am going to be sick" to "yay, the tummy is better now I can sleep". Thank goodness! I wanted to find the tots scene from Napoleon Dynamite but couldn't, this was all I found. It is mildly amusing. Also, I am so glad it is Friday! It seems like N has been at work all week so the weekend is going to give us some actual time together. Not that I can stay out and active for all that long but it will be nice to try. Heck we can even spend the weekend in bed thanks to Netflix, I bet he'll be bored out of his...

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Trying to have a home birth in Evansville, Indiana…

I apologize for not posting over the weekend, I know it is the most popular time of the week for this blog. Things have just been a tad bit frustrating and I lacked the energy to do much other than pull my hair out. Here is a little background for you, N and I want a natural child birth with limited interventions. I have done extensive research and am very opposed to hospital birthing because they run the delivery much like an assembly line at a manufacturing plant. Every mother is expected to deliver within a certain time frame, to progress at a certain speed and if that doesn't happen the doctors feel the need to medically intervene and to control the birthing situation with drugs like pitocin, IV's, fetal monitoring and...

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