My Home Birth Story | a 37 hour beautiful journey

my home birth story | @sweetpotatosoulIn late January I gave
birth to a beautiful, alert, very healthy baby girl! She’s is our
world, and Maxx and I couldn’t be more proud of her. I can’t
believe that she’s already 5 months old now. She’s grown so
much, and her personality is spectacular. Baby J is funny, super
energetic, intelligent, and incredibly happy. Like her mommy,
she’s always smiling 🙂

I read countless positive birth stories when I was pregnant, and
they helped remove the fear I had around birth. So often we hear
negative birth stories from our family members, or see it
negatively portrayed in the media. However, going into it with a
positive mindset and feeling empowered is priceless, and will
greatly color your experience.

I’m excited to finally share the story of my home birth with
you. Watch the video below for the full story, and keep scrolling
for more tidbits and insight. Everyone’s experience with natural
home birth is different, and I hope mine will be inspiring and
empowering whether you’re having a baby or not.



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CAN ANYONE HAVE A HOME BIRTH?

Home birth is not necessarily safe for everyone. Some
pregnancies are considered high risk and home birth is not an
option. Thankfully we have hospitals, hospital midwives, and OBGYNs
to help deliver babies under these circumstances. Women deserve the
best care possible under all circumstances. A good midwife will be
able to help you determine whether or not a home birth is safe for
you. There are options for having a natural birth in a hospital
too.

DID I HAVE A DOULA?

I decided not to hire a doula for the birth. Would one have made
things go faster? We’ll never know. I did however have a backup
doula on call––the midwife’s assistant. She was coming to the
birth to assist our midwife anyway, but if I needed her sooner she
would have been there to give me support. I do recommend that all
women seriously consider having a doula present for their birth. Do
your research and think about what’s right for you and your
family.

WHAT IF YOU ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL?

Plenty of intended home birthing women end up in the hospital.
Apparently the number one reason is because of exhaustion (that’s
according to my midwife). You can change your mind and decide to
transfer to the hospital at any time if you want, even if there is
no emergency reason. Maybe you want an epidural. This is where the
support of a doula can be very useful, because she can help you
find other ways of relieving pain in labor like massage, getting
into a warm bath, showering, etc.

To me hospitals are for emergency which is always a possibility
during childbirth. Have your hospital plan drawn out too in case
you must go. Your midwife and doula will work with you creating
your emergency hospital birth plan. A cesarean section is always a
possibility so I had certain requests written out and printed in
case I needed one. For example, I made sure to make a request in my
birth plan that in the event of an emergency cesarean I wanted to
have my vagina swabbed so that my good bacteria could be rubbed on
the baby to inoculate her.

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WERE DATES, WALKING, AND RASPBERRY TEA (AND ALL THAT OTHER PREP)
HELPFUL?

Who knows! None of these things hurt, that’s for sure. I had a
37 hour labor, and all of those things promised to speed labor.
Actually, the science
on dates
is that they help bring on spontaneous labor.
Walking…well, I walked at least 2 miles every day the entirety of
my 2nd and 3rd trimester. I was hiking and walking up until the day
I went into labor. I still had a crazy long labor (maybe there’s
some mental stuff there too…I believe almost everything is
mental), but what walking certainly gave me was stamina. I needed
all the stamina I could get especially since I couldn’t keep
anything down. Walking is also great for your pregnancy health
overall. It helps with stress, helps keep your heart healthy, helps
with swelling  (I had none), helps with circulation, helps with
digestion, and along with a healthy diet helps lower your risk of
gestational diabetes. So in the end I say it was helpful 🙂

WAS PERINEAL MASSAGE HELPFUL?

I didn’t tear so I think it was helpful. Though it is very
uncomfortable. Yikes! My midwife also recommended daily sitz
baths  to help soften the perineal tissue. You could also do a
full body soak, which is extra relaxing and yummy. Take advantage
of all the baths you can before baby is born!!! My midwife also
recommended having *** often to bring on a timely labor and to help
stretch the vagina. That’s something else you want to enjoy
before baby is born, because afterwards…ha!

WHAT WAS THE MOST HELPFUL THING YOU DID TO PREPARE?

All of my prep was helpful, but the thing I relied on the most
during this very long and uncomfortable labor was my hypnobirthing
and breathing practice. Also the affirmations that I repeated every
single day before going into labor. Mindset is everything. And
breath is everything. Look up a local hypnobirthing course, or do
one online. I did the online Calm Birth School
program, and practiced my breathing, meditation, affirmations, and
visualizations religiously every day for the last 3-4 months of
pregnancy. I needed that.

my home birth story | @sweetpotatosoul

my home birth story | @sweetpotatosoul

FAVORITE BIRTH PREP RESOURCES?

Gentle Birth, Gentle
Mothering
book by Sarah Buckley for science backed information
about birthing and birthing interventions

Free Birth
Podcast
for inspiration from women who birthed their babies at
home without any professional help. I wasn’t going to do that,
but hearing about other women doing it really made me feel like I
could birth at home safely

Ina May’s Guide to
Childbirth
book for birth stories and wisdom

Calm Birth
School
Online Hypnobirthing course

Watching birthing videos on Instagram from accounts like
@badassmotherbirther
and @empoweredbirthproject

Evidence Based
Birth
website for science based information about birthing
practices.

The Business of Being Born
movie by Ricki Lake

Check out my
vegan pregnancy playlist
on YouTube for more videos!

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