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Intro! [Jun. 19th, 2007|12:53 pm]
A birth community for homebirthers etc.


Hello! My name is Kyndra, I'm expecting November 22nd. (17w5d) Hooray for Thanksgiving Day Babies. I'm 31 years old, and living in beautiful Colorado.

This is my first pregnancy and child. Everything so far has been pretty fantastic. I had a little bit of queasiness here and there, but nothing that kept me from functioning. I still can't quite believe I'm actually pregnant and will be having a baby soon. So excited. My partner and I TTC for about 3 months.

So far I've had a little resistance from my Mom on my plans for a natural birth and the way I plan to parent, but she's coming around slowly.

As for the babe:
I already have my hospital, OB and doula lined up.
- My OB is fantastic, very supportive and encouraging and her cesarean rate is below 10%! She helps to educate and to allow ideas of her patients to be heard, too.
- The hospital is touted as very "baby" friendly, and from stories, I hear they are very supportive of all kinds of birthing techniques and welcome doulas and support "staff" in your room.
- My doula is a good friend, who I met about a year ago at a temp job. Even though we only worked together for about 2 weeks, we instantly bonded and I'm so excited that she will be there to help me through. She'll be newly certified in July, and I'm excited to work with her.
- I'm going for all natural. Laboring at home as long as possible, and since the hospital is only 5 minutes away, I feel comfortable doing so and my OB is all for it. 
- I will breastfeed (hopefully with no problems, due to surgery *see below on both breasts 4 years ago, but I have healed greatly and have perfect sensitivity and nipple shape now!)
- We will co-sleep
- We will cloth diaper

A little history about me:
- Grew up in Colorado, living here again after living in Washington state, California and Vancouver BC.
- Previously married, I've been divorced for about 5 years, and my partner and I have been together about as long. We were long time friends previously, and are very happy together! No plans to wed, as we've both "been there, done that" and don't see any real benefit to having a piece of paper.
- I had a gastric bypass in 2001, and lost 180 lbs. Subsequently, I had 2 reconstructive plastic surgeries to remove excess skin due to weight loss. One circumferential body lift, the other a * breast reduction. I'm 100% healthy and have had no complications from my surgery other than anemia, which I now have fully under control.
- We live and eat almost 100% organic/natural/green (whatever you want to call it) thankfully we live near many wonderful places that allow us access to amazing produce and products.

And I think that's about it!
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Introduction [Jun. 19th, 2007|01:42 pm]
A birth community for homebirthers etc.

Hi, I'm Anne. I'm 12 weeks 1 day and due New Year's Eve with my second baby, who I am hoping will reveal herself as a little girl.

This kiddo was a total and complete surprise! We took 18 months to conceive our son and used a lot of medical intervention -- both eastern and western medicine -- after being told I had stage 3 endometriosis, an issue with one of my tubes and that DH had a low sperm count. About 5 months ago, my midwife and I decided to try natural progestrone therapy for the hormonal parts of the endo. It wasn't supposed to effect my fertility at all, but lo and behold I ended up pregnant from a one-night 'whoops'!

We're thrilled, since 2 years is the spacing we'd always hoped for, but totally unprepared -- my husband and I just graduated, we're still looking for jobs, insurance is up in the air, and we have to move to a bigger house. We have faith that things will get sorted out before the baby shows up, but it's a stressful way to start out a pregnancy.

Luckily, I have a really great and supportive midwife who has been really great about helping us cope. She was there for the birth of my son, Elliot, who is 19 months and was born in a waterbirth at the free standing birth center run by my midwife. It was a great, great experience... but we're thinking of birthing at home this time. Mainly, I think, for insurance reasons, since there are pros and cons either way -- but we don't know what insurance we'll have for the birth and with a homebirth we don't have to worry about covering the facility fee for the center. It's irritating because it's something we wouldn't even need to think about if we were okay with a hospital birth, but with the hospitals here that's just not an option!
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and another intro! [Jun. 19th, 2007|10:24 am]
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Hi! My name is Laura (or Judy, I answer to both). I'm married, we each came with one child (now 6 and 7), and we have 2 together (now almost 4 and 1 1/2), so this baby, who is due Jan 30, will make 5 kids in our house (yes, this will be our last!). My first son I had in a hospital. It went as well as could be expected, although I would never give birth in a hospital again unless I had NO choice. Our 2 sons were born in a free standing birth center, it was great! This baby, we are planning for a homebirth. I guess that's all!
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2007|12:54 pm]
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my name's jessicka. i'm 20 years old, and i reside in a small texan bordertown but will be relocating to san antonio in two months. my fiance (the babydaddy) is 20 as well and is completely supportive of my more natural way of life, and is adapting nicely. ;)

my little booger's due on november 5 (i hit 20 weeks yesterday - halfway there!), and this is my first successful (so far *crosses fingers*) pregnancy. i confess that i have been seeing an obstetrician out of fear - previous miscarriage, preexisting health issues, out-of-whack hormone levels, and a scary amount of blood during my mid-late first trimester. my ob is surprisingly supportive of my wishes and knows that i will not be continuing ob "care" after the move.

i don't believe that i'd be comfortable delivering my baby in the modest apartment that will be home, so i've been reading up on local birthing centers for a few weeks now. i'm pretty positive that i've found the midwife of my dreams, but we'll see. :)

anyway, enough about me. does anyone here have experience self-paying for a center experience? it appears that they're far less costly than a hospital delivery, which is great, but i'm still on medicaid and don't have much to my name.

good luck to all :)
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2007|08:15 am]
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Hi all, I am Teresa

I am due with my first the end of october (26th) So i could easily have a november baby. I am 21w4d along. I will be giving birth at home with a midwife and doula (and my family, boyfriend, boyfriends family, friends etc... its gonna be a party in my house i think but maybe not in the actual room im birthing in). The choice for a natural homebirth was an easy one for me. I feel doctors /hospitals are for sick people.. and well.. im pregnant not sick or injured. Ive been in the medical field for 10 years, and know how hospitals work and frankly I am just way too stubborn to be pushed around like that. And if you only knew what kind of (drug resistant)bacteria were in hospitals you wouldnt ever go!!

I am also a WAHM, I make and sell wool soakers/longies for clothdiapers. (mizknits if your interested) I also make my own soap, and nopoo (http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html) I am just about as natural as they get when it comes to this baby... cloth diapers, delayed vax, no circ, breastfeeding etc... I am glad to find other moms interested in the same thing!
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For New Members! [Jun. 19th, 2007|10:25 am]
A birth community for homebirthers etc.

[mood |dorky]

Well that's pretty much everyone!

Please introduce yourselves if you would.
Let us know when your baby is due, what kind of birth you are planning, your previous birth experiences (if any), what made you choose a natural birth, homebirth, or unassisted, a little about yourself and your family and anything else you feel like sharing!

And feel free to post anytime about anything birth/pregnancy related.
Rants are welcome.
Ramblings about birth are welcome.
Random thoughts about pregnancy/babies/birth etc. Anything like that!
You can cross-post if you want when it comes to general updates that you might also want to post in other communities. I do that all the time so I don't mind if anyone else does.

Pictures should be put behind an LJ cut.

I will eventually make all the posts friends-only by default. Does that sound okay? I feel more comfortable posting not-so-publicly in communities.

Input is welcome anytime. I'm not an experienced moderator. Let me know any ideas for the community!

Thanks so much for joining- and welcome!
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