Home Birth Advocacy

Bring Birth Home’s Impact on the World & My Heart

5 Comments 31 May 2011

When I began Bring Birth Home almost a year and a half ago, I never imagined its reach would extend so far – literally around the world!

It all started at My Best Birth.

I heard about My Best Birth, Ricki Lake’s social networking community for holistic parents, while nursing my newborn and watching the Today Show. I signed up on the site just hours later.

Becoming a member at My Best Birth was the beginning of my journey as a part of the (natural) birth community.

Within a week I connected with like-minded mothers, sharing my experience with others who had birthed at home. I soon realized there were many more woman out there just like me.

As fate would have it, (this was purely by accident) I wrote a rather controversial blog post about home birth at My Best Birth about an avid anti-home birth crusader online.

To my huge surprise, the article received well over 500 comments, and lead to a private email correspondence between myself and Ricki Lake, as well as her web-administrator (yeah, it was a pretty big deal).

The birth of Bring Birth Home

The experience at My Best Birth gave me theĀ  confidence to create my own website, blog and Facebook page.

BBH began as a collection of home birth stories and general information about birthing at home. My goal was simple: spread the good word about home birth to inspire, motivate and encourage women to consider giving birth at home. Sharing stories seemed the perfect way.

A handful of women from My Best Birth if they would share their home birth stories on the Bring Birth Home website. They contributed happily.

Then I wrote an email newsletter series and created a Facebook page.

To my pleasant surprise, BBH was an overnight success! Fans came pouring in, liking and sharing my articles and sending in their home birth stories to be featured on the website. I was both ecstatic and honored to be the host of such beautiful, positive energy surrounding out of hospital birth.

Home Birth connections around the world!

I never could have imaged the friendships that have blossomed as a result of creating Bring Birth Home.

Those first ladies who donated their home birth stories to BBH are not only still regular contributors to the Bring Birth Home community, I consider them true friends.

In fact, I just received a wonderful
Blessingway Bead from one of them in the mail yesterday!

Over the past year I have made deep and lasting relationships with women from all over the United States and the world including Utah, Oaklahoma, Florida, California, Boston, England, Australia, Costa Rica and many more places.

Bring Birth Home is the host, but the members of the home birth community are the real heart and soul.

Together, we are making an impact.

We are opening eyes, spreading information and providing shoulders, hearts and hands to women who are considering home birth for the first time.

I am so thankful for my community…

At Bring Birth Home and every other website, blog, Facebook page and individual who is involved in the effort of normalizing birth.

Today, I am 35 weeks pregnant with my second child, planning my second home birth.

The difference between planning my first home birth and this one are remarkable in that I have so much more support.

I can feel it – through your sweet notes, gifts, comments and simply through your presence.

During my pregnancy with Ella, I was reluctant to share my plans. But try to get me to stop talking about the beauty and safety of home birth now!

I have all you to thank for that. Thank you for your support and all the work you do. I may be getting all sappy (and hormonal), but I really love all of you so much!

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Feel free to send an email to KaitlinRose@BringBirthHome.com or if you are so inclined, your notes, cards, Blessingway Beads, etc. to Bring Birth Home PO Box 19701, Kalamazoo, MI 49019

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5 Comments so far

  1. Rosie says:

    Thank you for following your hearts leading, first to birth the way your heart and your baby desired (at home) and then to Blog about it! Thank you for not stopping there and not letting anyone or anything muffle the voice of one strong mama! You have been a safe and loving place for many a woman to give her fears, disappointments, joys, and power a voice!

    Sending you a hug and a prayer, that the final days of your pregnancy find you and your baby strong and safe and all of your family members and birth support people rich with health & wisdom! May a heaping running over belching bunch of Peace, Joy & Rest be yours! Happy Birth Day and Beyond.
    -A Doula from San Diego, CA

  2. Crystal says:

    Thanks so much Kaitlin for your amazing work! I wish you all the best!!

  3. Sara says:

    Thank you for all you do! I check to see if you’ve posted anything new at least 5 times a day… ridiculous I know!!! I just love every post because they make me rethink things. Honestly, I may disagree with something at first, but the more I question why I feel the way I feel the more I realize it’s just because that’s what everyone else does!

    Thank you for showing me that I can follow my OWN path and choose my own way. I don’t have to conform to what my family says is the “right” way. Good luck with your new little munchkin :) I will be praying for you and your family! I hope the transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4 is smooth and beautiful. You can do it!

    • bringbirthhome says:

      Thanks so much for your supportive and loving comments! @Sara – I just love what you had to say, and am so glad that what I write about makes you think! Thanks for checking in :) @Crystal – Thanks for your well wishes! @Rosie – So sweet. Thank you.

  4. Malia says:

    Omg…i’m 35 weeks with my second home birth baby too! This is such a great website, wish I had it during my first pregnancy! You are doing a great thing, can’t wait to hear about the second birth!


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