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natural childbirth Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
natural childbirth Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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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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23 weeks pregnant: baby kicks and stormy warm nights…

Yesterday was the beginning of my 23rd week of pregnancy. I must say this whole thing is just kind of flying right by, it is kind of scary how fast it's going! I thought it would be cool to try recording some of Tater's movements so I can show her once she is older. I captured a few short/ good videos of her. You can see them here and here. Last night we had thunderstorms, which N and I both love very much. We had windows open enjoying the fresh cool breeze and we loved hearing the rain/ thunder. Unfortunately the pets decided the weather was their cue to act completely insane all night. Once N and I finished watching our recorded episode of American Idol at around 2am we went to bed...

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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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Some insect ate my face and we had fun sightseeing in Tennessee!

I got to attend my prenatal visit at The Farm with a giant swollen bump on my face from a spider or something! It was swelling and itching and I even had itchy red eyes for part of the day. Add that to the giant cold sore on my lip and I was a walking face full of nasty! Other than the prenatal visit and the face of nasty we did have the pleasure of sightseeing throughout Nashville and neighboring areas of Tennessee. We stayed at a cheap Red Roof Inn Saturday night and had linner at Whole Foods that day (linner is a combo of lunch and dinner. A un-word N uses for fun). We were both really beat by about 5pm-6pm that day. After all we did wake up at...

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16 week prenatal exam was today!

We were up and off to the OBGYN early this morning for the usual listen to the baby's heartbeat and ask questions appointment which is almost completely pointless by the way. If we had the little heartbeat machine at home the doctors appointments wouldn't even be necessary. That is how helpful the doc is! My blood pressure was 100% normal despite my worries about the heart racing and pounding I've experienced. We asked the doc about said heart pounding and were told it is completely normal for pregnant ladies due to increase in blood volume, just like we already read. Interestingly enough my diet modifications (spinach and generic ensure drinks) have decreased the frequency of the heart pounding. I told the doctor this. I know many of you will be able to...

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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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