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Old 05-19-2008, 06:55 AM   #1
sarena kopciel
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I just wanted to put it out there based on threads and conversation over the last while, my daughter had a homebirth of her 1st child (my 1st granddaughter) in my house and bed on Saturday!! The experience was both awesome for her, her husband, the baby and especially for me.

Although I am extremely holistic in my approach, I never considered (perhaps ignorance??) homebirth when I had my 4 children. She was a real trooper, had a short labor (lucky her, espec w 1st) and a relatively fast delivery!! The experience was surreal. It was less "noisy" than a hospital. The baby (Deena) was quieter than what I am accustomed to as well. It just jived!!

After the birth, she just held her until the cord stopped pulsing (I got to cut the cord), the placenta came when it was ready, she nursed and was assisted to shower by her midwive, then it was family bonding time

The only difficulty is/was SLEEP!! Acually last night was a bit better for everyone all around. So the bottom line, if you are on the fence about the whole homebirth experience, I would highly recommend it!!

I would also add, Mom (thanks to her midwives) used homeopathics and herbs during labor and now postnatally too. Some were to ease labor, help with after birth discomfort and healing, also for the umbilicus care, for relaxation and much more. The baby had a cranial sacral massage yesterday and my daughter was treated to a moxa healing treatment by me!!
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:27 AM   #2
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Wow what a truly unforgetable experience that must of been Sarena. I could just picture the look at my wife's face as I try to convince her to have a homebirth lol. Maybe I'll show here this post instead

Cheers to your 1st grand child!
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:28 AM   #3
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Congrats to you and your daughter!

We've done it both ways. 1st child, started at home but went to the hospital because of a potential complication. 2nd child born at home.

I'm glad there is a hospital with nurses and doctors trained to deal with abnormaliites, but for an uncomplicated birth, having them at home is really preferrable.

Either way it is an awesome experience. Good luck to everyone on getting enough sleep
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:56 AM   #4
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that's awesome.
My husband's five kids were all born at home, and if I were to have any (assuming lack of dire complications) I wouldn't do it any other way either!
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:06 PM   #5
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That's great Sarena!

September is our big time for the homebirth!
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:00 PM   #6
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Congrats!
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
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hanks everyone! And yeah, I agree its good to know there are options!
And Steve, its my 2nd grandchild--first granddaughter though
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:01 PM   #8
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Sarena, That's amazing. It reminds me exactly of the book I just read, The Birth House by Ami Mackay. Everything you described (natural herbs etc) are talked about in the book. Definitely worth a read.

Congrats again.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:34 PM   #9
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Default Congrats to you all!

I'll try to hide my profound jealousy.

That's so wonderful and the fact that Grandmother was part of the process too will only strengthen the family bond as well. What a lucky baby and mother to get to have that experience!

Perhaps I'll get to have any idea what you celebrated with the children I wish for after this first baby...
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"Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" is a great book. It's powerful enough that I can only read a small bit at a time...
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