"That they (the older women) admonish the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:4-5

Monday, April 26, 2010

Here's part three of the Home Birth posts written by Holly. You can read part one or part two first if you missed them!

here is a great recipe for laboraid. This is a drink used to keep myself energized, hydrated, and my electrolytes up. And it is sooo delicious. I usually double it to make enough to last a day or so after birth to keep my body in balance.1/2 cup apricot nectar
1 cup apple juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
a splash of liquid chlorophyll to help with iron levels and postpartum bleeding (optional...but adds a great minty taste!)

And that's about it! Ready, set, here comes baby!
In the end, some of you might be asking the question.
"Why a homebirth?"

My answer is simple.
It is a beautiful thing.
So peaceful, so energizing, so euphoric it can't be matched, so perfect.
It is YOUR birth.
It gives control of your baby's birth back to you - as it naturally should be.
Homebirth allows your baby to come into the world surrounded by those you want there - in peace, in reverence, in joy, in laughter, with tears of elation - however you want.
You make the choices, not some doctor, hospital, or nurse.
No arguing about what you want or don't want.

Study after study has proven that homebirth is just as safe...technically safer...than a hospital birth for women.
At home, a women does not have to deal with routine interventions that might compromise her and her baby.

If you are in labor at home, you have no restrictions on eating or drinking, so of course you don't need an IV. You can get up and walk around as you please and be in any position, anywhere you want...not stuck lying on your back in a bed which compromises the oxygen to your baby and the ability to push your baby out. Your midwife and team are focused solely on you. There are no nurses rushing back and forth trying to monitor a whole floor. Your midwife will be there for you as much as you need her - and she will be as hands off as you want her to be. There is no clock to go by at home. You can let your labor and your baby take the time that they need. At home, you don't have the option of an epidural or other pain killers... though many say that these drugs have no effect on the baby, the evidence certainly shows that they do (and at home you won't need them...there are so many ways to deal with the pain, and in fact, the pain is much less when you are comfortable in your own environment). At home you will push your baby out when your body tells you to...not when some nurse yells PUSH! Once your baby is born he will be put right on your chest. Your midwife will wait for your baby's cord to stop pulsing before cutting so it can get all of it's blood. You and your baby will have your first magical moments together uninterrupted. Nursing can start right away or soon after. Your midwife won't yank the cord as might happen in the hospital, which can cause postpartum hemorrhage. You can rest assured that there are no strange hospital germs wandering around your home. Your body and your baby are used to your environment.

A home birth is safe.

It can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. It gives you and your baby a wonderful, wonderful start.

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