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homebirth Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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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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Small victories and insurance battles…

I have a few moments before we have to head out and just wanted to share a few things. First, Everly TOOK A BOTTLE from N this morning, we are super pleased! She ended up taking the Adiri BPA Free Natural Nurser Bottles I won via a blog/ twitter contest back in May. Unfortunately I hadn't pumped that much milk the night before so the bottle didn't fill her up, she did drink all the milk that was in it though and I breastfed her afterward to be sure her tummy was full. It took N about an hour of her fussing and refusing before she was tired enough to doze off in his arms. Once she was dozing he could get her to drink the bottle. It's a good thing she's getting the...

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Everly's first visit with a doctor, an integrated medicine physician.

Everly had her first doctors appointment this week, her 2 month checkup. We saw an integrated medicine physician who seems to be right up our alley in her care philosophy. She's not pushy about vaccinations and didn't freak out when we mentioned E was a homebirth baby. Integrated medicine is a mix between alternative medicine and traditional medicine. When there is a health issue things like nutrition, life style and various alternative therapies are often explored first before prescription medications or other more dramatic solutions are used. We prefer to take the natural route with our health care when possible, I am sure this is no surprise to you considering how Everly was born. Anyway, back to the updates. Everly weighed in at a whopping 11.8 lbs and had a great checkup with...

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People just don't get it sometimes…

Today I saw a news report about a woman who was homebirthing here in Indiana whose baby didn't make it. The story portrayed all homebirths as unsafe and crazy. It even incorrectly referred to the birth as unassisted (midwives were present) and did nothing but scare people. While the story did have a tragic outcome it's not a accurate representative of most homebirths and that is why they story upsets me. Homebirth is not for every woman and every pregnancy which is why there needs to be adequate laws and regulations in place to protect women and midwives (like there are in Tennessee). Homebirth should be an acceptable and viable option for most but thanks to one sided stories, scare tactics and profit driven laws it is not. This is sad...

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Parenthood brings new perspective on bodily functions.

Before having a baby I never peed in front of N. Always made him leave the room when I needed to use the bathroom. I also never farted in front of him. Been fairly ladylike over the last 8 years with him. When I was on knees and elbows pushing out Everly and tearing wide open while N and 4 other women watched all my sense of privacy, bashfulness and desire to be ladylike went out the window. After delivery many unexpected farts were heard coming from me. They were shocking to me because I couldn't feel them coming and I certainly couldn't hold them back after a rectal sphincter tear. By the way Krystal, I didn't poop during delivery (LOL). It took several days following labor for the poop to come. Following...

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My water broke, baby is coming. A Twitter live blog

June 22nd 2009 7:45:15 AM: My water broke at 7:30 am! 39 weeks 5 days pregnant. Here we go! 9:40:53 AM: I'll do my best to keep sharing labor updates. Woot! Baby time! 9:49:13 AM: http://twitpic.com/83ov0 - Just finished the lettering. 10:46:21 AM: Blogged: My water broke at 7:30 am! 39 weeks 5 days pregnant. Here we go! http://tinyurl.com/koqacu 10:48:36 AM: Just had a big breakfast and am now laying dow 10:55:03 AM: Tried to say i am laying down for a nap now...

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Still not in labor.

6:16:46 PM: Well i am 39 weeks pregnant now and still waiting. All kinds of stuff is happening with us.6:19:24 PM: My mom made it here and is going 100 miles a min, thinks that is good for getting labor started. N is finishing his work day6:21:21 PM: He cant wait too get back here. He also got in a parking lot accident yesterday on the job.6:23:57 PM: He has whiplash now. I am uncomfortable and am even more ready for Tater to come. Tired of hearing about what I6:25:07 PM: should or shouldnt be doing to start labor.6:29:59 PM: It is a hot one here today. I am tired too but gotta have dinner and a shower before sleep.6:35:52 PM: Tater's due date is 6 days away...

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Tuesday update from The Farm

2:03:36 PM: Went in to Columbia to meet the back up doc today. Still gaining weight.2:20:27 PM: Pamela says we look to be on track for a short delivery. Not so short that N wont make here though.2:24:59 PM: I am almost 100% effaced, baby's station is about -1 and I am now 1.5 cm dilated.2:33:35 PM: Well, i am off to make crotchsicles and to read about breastfeeding now....

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Bags are packed, I'm ready to go!

Tomorrow I'll be at The Farm staying in my midwife's birthing cabin right next door to her. I'll be 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and at that point, Tater can basically choose her perfect birthday and come whenever she is ready. I wont be stressing about whether or not we'll make it to The Farm in time, my stress will shift to "will N get back to us in time when labor starts?" but I'll be much better off as far as anxiety goes (I think). Pretty much everything on my to-do list is done, I am ready to go and am slightly excited to arrive at The Farm. On the other hand I am sort of sad to leave the house, pets and N behind. It is going to be...

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LiveBlog: Tornado Watches give me contractions!

4:42 PM Sitting out the tornado warning, lights are flickering. Me and the cats are hanging out in the down stairs bathroom. Fun times! 5:00 PM: RT @Jeff_Lyons: "Tornado Watch for most of the tri-state now in effect until midnight cdt" That means me! What about the Evansville Birth Network meeting tonight? 5:11 PM http://twitpic.com/75cxo - I wanna go eat my brownies but not sure if I am clear to leave the bathroom shelter yet. 5:39:51 PM: Heading out for my birth network meeting, tornado warning is past, we are still under a tornado watch though. 8:15:17 PM: Home from the birth network meeting. Bad weather has passed and now I am ready to have a snack and a rest in bed. Whew, crazy day....

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36 Weeks and 6 days pregnancy TMI update

12:05:17 PM: Just lost some of my mucus plug, 1 cm dilated as of yesterday.12:14:27 PM: Sitting down for pancakes and bacon with N now.1:07:57 PM: It is so exciting to know that progress is being made as far as having the baby goes.1:09:08 PM: N and I were talking about how Tater seems to be on board for an early arrival, about right when we get to The Farm I bet.1:10:05 PM: Having her when both N and I are at The Farm would be ideal. No stress of him trying to get to the birth in time, you know?1:14:46 PM: LOL, Heidi just said: "Wow! You should take a picture of it and post it on the Internet! TMI for the Internet!!!"1:15:05 PM: Glad I am not the...

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In 12 days I am outta here to wait for Tater's birth…

N and I enjoyed our second-to-last-weekend before the baby madness begins, we stayed in and relaxed. I also tried to stay off the computer and away from technology since I am about to be cut off from it for an extended amount of time while out at The Farm. It was a warm and dry weekend here so N was able to grill dinner, which is his new favorite weekend thing and he also did yard work outside. I am not handling the heat all that well over extended periods of time so I didn't hang out with him too much for the yard work fun but we did enjoy a nice moonlit dinner of burgers and grilled corn Saturday. We listened to the frogs and watched the lightening in the distance....

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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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