FAQ, Home Birth Advocacy, Home Birth Safety

Bring Birth Home FAQ #2: How Can I Find a Home Birth Midwife? (video)

No Comments 02 June 2011

Welcome to video #2, “How Can I Find a Home Birth Midwife?” in the new BBH video series, Frequently Asked Questions by Kaitlin Rose of Bring Birth Home.

For those looking into or currently planning to birth at home, I am happy to answer this is a very important question: how to find a home birth midwife.

Watch the short video below for my answer to this question. Then be sure to scroll down below the video for more resources!

Find a midwife in your city and state by visiting Mothers Naturally.

This is a fantastic resource for anyone looking for home birth midwives!

For more information about midwives, state laws & regulations and to stay up to date with the changes in midwifery practice, please visit the Midwives Alliance of North America , MANA.org.

You can also visit the BBH page, Find a Midwife for more information, such as a list of questions to ask a midwife during an interview.

And  don’t forget midwives! Please feel free to leave your contact information below!

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Watch the first video in the series, BBH FAQ #1: How Did You Discover Home Birth?

Home Birth Advocacy, Home Birth Safety, Pregnancy

Preparing for Natural Birth in the Hospital vs. Home Birth

5 Comments 14 December 2010

A common comment, (sometimes a broken record) those planning on giving birth at home, or have birthed at home, hear is “you’re so brave!”

We shrug, lay claim to how giving birth really has nothing to do with that, saying, or thinking, women who give birth in hospitals are the brave ones.

Those who have heavily researched giving birth in hospitals today, take into account the massive increase in cesarean sections, inductions and maternal mortality (the United States is currently ranked #41 in the world – should it be better than that?).

When we learn that home birth is as safe as giving birth in a hospital for low-risk women, the answer seems simple. Stay home (and stay the hell out of the hospital).

But this post isn’t supposed to be rah-rah home birth.

I want to talk about the very different strategies women implore when planning to give birth naturally at home and the hospital. Because despite the odds, (1 in 3 women giving birth in hospitals will have a c-section) there are plenty of women giving birth naturally in hospitals. I have proof in several friends.

Increase your odds of giving birth naturally in a hospital.

You can have a positive hospital birth experience!

One major perk of giving birth at home is making the decision who to hire as a midwife. Search the web, pick up the phone and interview as many experienced midwives you can find.

As much as this advantage is touted by the home birth community, main-stream hospital birthers may not know they have the same right.

If you don’t like your doctor or midwife in the hospital where you are getting care, FIRE THEM.

One of the single best things you can do to ensure a better birth experience is to find a care provider who sees eye to eye or at the very least, respects your ideals and personal wishes.

If you’re birthing in a hospital, write a birth plan.

This is important because it can act as your go-to Q&A when nurses you haven’t met before arrive on your birth scene. Be sure to go over your birth plan with your doctor or midwife well ahead of time.

HIRE A BIRTH DOULA. Yes, I meant to write this in all caps, it’s that important.

Mentally and physically prepare for home birth

Giving birth at home takes a different kind of self-advocating responsibility.

The women who would say you’re so brave for giving birth at home might very well be thinking of your nuts for choosing a situation where you’re unable to get an epidural. <wink>

Funny thing is, I’ve heard from plenty of home birthing women who, head just above the water in full transition, thought they were nuts for not taking the drugs either!

Home birth requires planning, stamina, determination and confidence in yourself. There is no falling back on anything but yourself, the work you’ve done to get there and your birth team.

The quiet, uninterrupted space of home is just what many women need to birth peacefully on their own time. But…

Sometimes, for some women, giving birth in a hospital is safer than giving birth at home.

Complications arise. Some women simple aren’t eligible to give birth at home.

Likewise, there are plenty of situations when giving birth at home saves women for completely unnecessary interventions. It happened to me! Had I birthed in a hospital, I would have had a c-section!

Wanting a safe, peaceful and natural birth all comes down to personal preference and the determination to get what you want, (within reason) no matter where you are.

Blessed birthing!

Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Breastfeeding, Co-Sleeping/Bed-Sharing, Home Birth Advocacy, Home Birth Safety, Motherhood, Pregnancy

The Best Advice the BBH Community Can Offer

2 Comments 19 November 2010

Whenever I have a question or need advice, I go straight to the Bring Birth Home community.

On the BBH Facebook page, there are over 4,500 experienced friends and fans, ready and willing to share their experiences.

The only problem with all this great advice being on Facebook is it can easily get lost in the feed, never to be found again!

Which is why I took the time to track down a few of those precious questions so you can read the tremendous advice these women (and men) had to give.

Aren’t a fan of Bring Birth Home on Facebook yet? Become a fan!

(Click on the titles below to be taken to the answers)

Did you get enough help after giving birth?

Did you have older children at your home birth? What did you do to prepare them for the birth? How did that work out?

How did you *know* you wanted to hire your midwife?

What do you wish you would have known or could have been more prepared for before giving birth at home for the first time?

Bring Birth Home on Facebook is a great way to find like-minded mamas to talk to, connect with and gain insights from.

Feel free to ask them your questions. It can be hard to find support for your “off the wall” choices – that is what the BBH community is for!

Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, BBH Dad, Birth Experience, Breastfeeding, Co-Sleeping/Bed-Sharing, Home Birth Advocacy, Home Birth Safety, Motherhood, Pregnancy

Navigating the Bring Birth Home Blog – A Road Map

2 Comments 26 October 2010

When you visit a blog, and you take a look around, one thing looks pretty familiar from site to site – the sidebar.

The sidebar was created to help us navigate a blog or website.

While the categories, popular posts, news feed subscriptions, and archives might do a good service, it can still be rather challenging to navigate the blog, especially if there have been a lot of posts.

I’ve recently noticed that there are some gems of articles hidden within the Bring Birth Home Blog.

I wonder if our readers are finding them…because sometimes they’re hiding behind the “Older Entries” button at the bottom of a section.

Let’s face it, who likes to click and click around a site, spending more time searching for a particular article than reading?

That is why I have created this post - to create a clear and easy to follow road map, (think of it as a list of the Chapters at the beginning of a book!) for you to navigate the Bring Birth Home Blog all the easier. Now you’ll know just what you’re getting under each category.

Bookmark this post to get back to!

Why Birth Experience Matters Series

Description: A ten part series that describe exactly why birth experience matters to both mom and baby. The first half of the series tackles Birth Management and Intervention. The second is all about Creating a Peaceful Birth Experience.

Part One

Part Two

Pregnancy

The BBH Dad

Home Birth Safety

Home Birth Advocacy

Breastfeeding

Babywearing

Bedsharing/Co-sleeping

Motherhood

BBH Video Blog

The Bring Birth Home Store

Have you purchased any BBH logo merchandise? Or maybe you need some supplies for birth or just after birth? We have partnered with Mama Goddess Birth Shop to bring you nursing supplies and home birth kits!

Good Reads & Movies

I will be adding to this post as more articles are added! (and as I organize some of the messiness within this blog!)

Guest Writers, Home Birth Safety

A Respectful Transfer Birth Story – From Home to Hospital, a Guest Post

8 Comments 12 October 2010

a guest post by Corrine Wetherbee

When I became pregnant with my first daughter, it was only natural for me to call up the midwife who had attended the births of my last four sisters.

After 39 weeks and 5 days, I gave birth to my daughter at home.

I labored through the afternoon at work, came home, cooked dinner, took a few baths, continued walking around and cleaning up the house through my labor, and when my midwife arrived I was at 10 cm. It was a peaceful, quiet birth… and then my husband and I laid our newborn between us and wondered how in the world we were supposed to sleep with this little person to watch!

It came as quite a shock, therefore, when I was transported to the hospital with my second birth.

Unlike the last labor, this one was quicker than I could have expected.

I wasn’t even convinced I was in labor until my water broke and I suddenly had the urge to push. When my midwife arrived twenty minutes later, I was once again at 10 cm. and began pushing.

It was then that my midwife discovered that the baby had turned, and she was breech.

You can imagine the thoughts that go through your head as an entire fire department rush the bedroom while you are wearing nothing but a tank top, and there is a tiny butt trying to emerge!

Was I going to make it to the hospital? Was I going to deliver in the ambulance without my husband? Could my two-year-old see any of this from the neighbor’s where she was with my mom? Was I going to be knocked out and miss the birth of my own baby?!

Most of all…was my baby alright?

Despite the calming reassurance of my midwife, my mind was racing, and all the while I was trying to follow the not-so-simple direction, “don’t push.”

Anyone who has ever had to not push knows that it is a seemingly impossible urge to ignore.

To my absolute surprise and delight (as I had convinced myself that I would be having a c-section once I crossed the line into the hospital), the doctor who walked through the doors had (back in the day) delivered breech babies vaginally for years, and he told me that on the next push, I could push my baby out.

Those words brought more relief and determination than I could have ever imagined.

One minute later, my husband rushed into the room, and with one push, Ada was born, a total of 3 minutes after our arrival in the ER. She was healthy, crying, and hungry. I could not have ever imagined being happier.

Our stay in the hospital that followed was short and surprisingly pleasant compared to what I expected.

It was not what I wanted, but it was what had happened.

My baby never left me side, and when I was told that I was not allowed to sleep with her in my bed, I found that I just didn’t sleep. I stayed up all night, wishing my husband was there, wondering how my two-year-old was handling her first night without Mom, and of course, staring at this new little person.

Of course my daughter and I were the talk of the ward, but not as I expected we would be. We were not the “home birth gone bad.”

Instead, so many of the nurses came in to check on me and to tell me that they wished they were courageous enough to give birth at home.

I was shocked.

I was not hassled as I signed waver after waver of what I did not want done for myself or my baby. At one point, the lactation consultant (who routinely visits everyone) came in to gossip about how she couldn’t believe how many moms were choosing not to nurse their newborns.

I left 24 later on an “early discharge.”

Despite my uneventful hospital stay, I was ready to be home, see my daughter, watch her be a big sister, and get my baby into bed with me where she should have been the night before.

Every birth story is one that someone will never forget, but when I stop to think about this birth, it is as if I am there again.

It was by far the most surreal experience of my life.

Part of me feels ripped off. I feel like the birth I imagined was taken from me. Then I realize that it isn’t fair to have expectations when it comes to an event like childbirth. We are humans no matter how much we plan!

In the end, I walked away from this experience with a new-found respect for hospitals and staff, a validation that home birth is certainly the right choice for my family, a newly-discovered strength in myself, and most importantly, a healthy baby in my arms.

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My name is Corrine, and I live in Rochester, Michigan. I am a part-time teacher, and most importantly, a mom of two beautiful girls. I grew up in a house where four of my younger sisters were born at home, and I now find that I have no doubt that my mother’s natural parenting influences have helped shaped me into the mom that I am today.

Home Birth Advocacy, Home Birth Safety

Top Ten Reasons to Support Midwifery Licensure

2 Comments 19 September 2010

provided by Friends of Michigan Midwives

Licensure will…

1. Make legal the practice of Certified Professional Midwives (CPM)

2. Increase access for consumers to CPMs and safe out-of-hospital births.

3. Make possible Medicaid and insurance coverage for care with a CPM.

4. Create a sustainable, viable career in direct entry midwifery for future generations of midwives.

5. Encourage better, (thus, safer!) hospital collaborations and transfers, when the need arises.

6. Provide a grievance and accountability mechanism for midwives that is not criminal courts only.

7. Protect consumers and midwives from criminal charges for participating in out-of-hospital births.

8. Use the CPM credential, created by midwives, for midwives, and for out-of-hospital birth, as the standard of competency.

9. Provide qualification standards for midwives, helping consumers to determine midwives’ education and experience.

10. Join the trend of more than half the US states who license direct entry midwives and reap it’s benefits.

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