Tag Archives: Birth


For 284 days, Harvey grew into a strong, healthy little boy inside my belly. For 284 days, Harvey has now been living & breathing & growing on the outside of my belly as the perfect addition to our little family. ***** I had intended to write a big post today reminiscing about our amazing home birth experience, but […]

Waterbirth Safety – The Article is Up!!

As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate of doing your research in order to be your own best advocate in life, be it in regards to infertility treatment, pregnancy & childbirth, or any other aspect of life. When I was pregnant with Harvey, the Evidence Based Birth website was a huge resource for me. […]

Birth Odds & Ends Wrap-Up

Below are a few more details about our home birth that I thought I should take a moment to document. More specifically, I’m trying to think of any miscellaneous pregnancy and/or birth decisions and procedures that we might have approached or done differently than the norm, sometimes because of the home birth scenario, and sometimes just […]

Setting the Bar Higher

After posting yesterday about my birth plans for baby #2, there were a couple of great spin off posts written in the community regarding birth experiences and the different expectations that women have for how they hope their birthing times will unfold. Honestly, it was hard for me to read through the comments without getting […]

The Midwife

mid·wife  /ˈmidˌwīf/ — A person trained to assist women in childbirth My midwife is a man. I’m guessing that most of you have never heard of  a male midwife, but seriously you guys – my midwife rocks. He has been delivering babies in this rural county that I live in since 1983 – that’s 30 years! That’s […]

Stella’s Birth Story – Part 3

Part 1Part 2 After her birth, poor Stella had a pretty oblong skull and a hematoma on the top of her head from where she’d been banging against my pelvis for so long, so we opted to do the Vitamin K shot to help with blood coagulation (which they didn’t do immediately, but waited until […]

Stella’s Birth Story – Part 2

For Part 1, click here! Part one lasted about 2 1/2 – 3 hours, and in that time, I went through the entire first phase of labor…at home!  Part 2 is all about the pushing (not to mention my amazing support system).  ————————————————– 12:15am – When we arrived at the hospital and the midwife told […]

Stella’s Birth Story – Part 1

Wow. It is so surreal to me to realize everything that has transpired in the past few days. On Wednesday morning when I wrote asking for help choosing potential boy names, we had ZERO indication that I was anywhere close to having this child. In fact, I also wrote a post on my family blog […]

Birth Preferences (1st draft!)

I loved Oak’s birth preferences letter here, so I’m going to be stealing much of it, some of it word for word. Thanks! 🙂 I’m not at the point of being ready to write that letter in a cohesive manner, so in the meantime, here are the basic points that I’m trying to organize in […]

The Hospital Experience

As a quick recap, before we started TTC, I had honestly not given much thought to pregnancy and childbirth. I basically assumed that once we tried to get pregnant, it would happen, and then when the kid had to come out, I’d go to a hospital, get an epidural, and bam, we’d have a baby […]