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I’ll be the first to say I’ve been very passionate in my support of home birth. I can’t help it–it completely changed my life as a woman and as a mother. I wanted everyone to “see the light” and have a truly woman-centered birth. But now that I’m older and wiser (so this is the reason for all these greys sprouting on my head), I understand that home birth is not for everyone.
And rather than force an ideology down a birthing woman’s throat, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should be supporting a woman’s right to birth where she wants to. And really, that is what I’ve been advocating for all along. My right, and the rights of other pregnant women, to give birth where we want to–at home or in a hospital. I happen to choose giving birth at home.
It’s not an easy decision to make. Not when society at large is vehemently against it and they tell you that you’re being reckless and irresponsible with your unborn child’s well-being.
This is when images speak so much louder than words. Kaitlin Rose, creator of Bring Birth Home, gave birth to her second child at home in June of last year. She’s allowing us an intimate look into her water birth. Oftentimes, we don’t get a chance to see what a normal, peaceful birth looks like. Unfortunately, we only hear of accidents and tragedies, which makes us condemn the whole philosophy. But natural home births happen every day and healthy babies are born to low risk mothers who’ve prepared for this event from the moment they discovered they were pregnant.
Setting the peaceful mood with candles.
The midwife helping through a contraction.
Kaitlin\’s daughter Ella nurses during labor while her partner Eric looks on.
Time to get in the warm water of the birth tub.
The midwife sits nearby, lending her support.
Baby is crowning. Kaitlin is free to support and guide her child out into the water.
Resting in between contractions.
Both Kaitlin\’s partner and the midwife catch the baby.
Mom\’s arms are the first place baby settles into.
First moments together. Mom looks relieved and baby is quiet and alert.
Mother and son, named Lucan, getting acquainted with one another.
Big sister wants to see her new sibling.
Breakfast in bed. The first meals after a birth are the best! Birthing women are ravenously hungry women.
Midwife holding the new little one.
Dad looks on as the newborn exam takes place and baby gets weighed.
Father and son spend quality time.
Lucan meets his grandmother.
A placenta smoothie made from…the placenta. It is very nourishing and it is said to keep the baby blues at bay.
One week old Lucan, looking very content with his homebirth experience.
Have you ever witnessed someone give birth? Have you ever considered having a home birth?
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Image source: Kaitlin Rose / Bring Birth Home also offers a great resource to women interested in having a homebirth, called the Home Birth Prep eBook.
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