Home Birth Advocacy

Maybe We’re Crazy!

68 Comments 28 February 2012

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of this site.

I’ve been thinking all day about what to write in celebration of this hallmark event.

A list post dedicated to what I have learned thus far?

A whimsical story about what home birth means to me?

Boring!

So here’s what I came up with instead.

I hope you dig it.

“Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe you’re crazy. Maybe we’re crazy. Probably.” – Crazy, by Gnarles Barkley

 
Please click “Play” before reading, and read while listening to achieve the full affect of this blog post.

When this song first hit the scene, I literally went craaaaazy over it on the dance floor.

I’d be sitting across the bar, slowly chipping away at my vodka tonic with a lime, smoking stacks of cigarettes, and BAM. That song came on and I would politely ask my date night partner to hold my drink first (okay it was more like “Here! HERE! It’s my song!”). Hehe…

I couldn’t get to the dance floor fast enough.

I’d edge my way through the crowd like a snake cutting around blades of grass. And when I arrived…everyone on that floor saw me. I’m sure they laughed their butts off (actually, I know they did - it was impossible not to).

I flailed my body around. Arms cascading through the air. Head twirling. Body spinning. Legs bounding, kicking, running in place.

Come to think of it, I think I even literally ran circles around that room…

Crazy was my anthem.

I can see now that this song, and my intense reaction to it, was full of foreshadowing.

See, there are a lot of people out there who think giving birth at home is crazy. Heck, some of them were my friends and family (not anymore, they’ve since changed their minds).

And on the other side of the isle, there are a good number of people out there who think giving birth at the hospital is crazy.

Well that’s just plain crazy! Yeah, a little bit. And I’ll tell ya why.

Because I don’t want to be thought of that way!

Why then, would anyone else want to be considered crazy for giving birth the way they want to? Educated or not?

That’s not fair. Or nice.

When I started Bring Birth Home, it was only about one thing: home birth advocacy.

Who wouldn’t want to give birth at home? I thought.

Turns out, there are a lot of women and families who don’t.

And that’s okay.

As soon as I realized this, and it really sunk in that I couldn’t be a successful advocate for home birth if I thought anyone who didn’t give birth at home was crazy, was the instant Bring Birth Home grew to outstanding proportions.

If there is anything I’ve learned about home birth advocacy in the past two years, it’s this: people want to learn more. 

The most popular blog posts on this blog is routinely are articles I wrote about the pros and cons of induction, epidurals and cesarean sections.

They search for information, and Google sends them here. Huh, what? Home birth? Hmm…

Nuff said.

Living By the Golden Rule.

I won’t treat you like you’re crazy. And I won’t use the word “should.” You do the same. Capiche?

Voila! Haaaaaarmony. Beautiful, sweet, harmony (this is the answer to world peace, I tell ya).

We’re all a nuts. Let’s embrace that, and each other.

Things can only go wrong when we start pointing fingers or throwing stones.

Until then, sing along with me, and dance like an effing crazy person. Because you are. Just like me.

And with that, I’d say it’s time for a giveaway!

One lucky winner will be chosen at random a week from today and mailed this beeeeautiful home birth necklace made by Mountain Girl Silver exclusively for Bring Birth Home.

Simply “like” Mountain Girl Silver, and leave a comment below sharing how you came to discover Bring Birth Home – who introduced you to the site and when? Then, if you’d be so kind, please recommend Bring Birth Home to one of your friends! Thank ya & good luck!

Love!

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68 Comments so far

  1. Eric Walker says:

    Fruckin’ rad dude!

  2. Raelyn says:

    Beautifully put!Happy 2nd HomeBirthDay!

  3. Kate D says:

    Love it xx

  4. Christie says:

    My favorite post you’ve written. Love it.

  5. Meghan D'Angelo says:

    LOVE it!!!

  6. Pascale says:

    Bon anniversaire!! Everything you touch turns to gold ;) Wonderful work!

  7. Patti McNulty says:

    Awesome post!! And reading it while listening to Gnarles belt it…priceless! (you are good)

  8. Megan Johnson says:

    Found BBH through other homebirthing friends. So glad to have a group to turn to of like-minded people! Had my first child, a homebirth, 4 years ago and planning a homebirth for our 2nd child in August! :)

  9. Sarah Davis says:

    Already LOVE MGS. ;)

    And you were the person who told me about BBH – THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  10. Karyn D says:

    I found BBH on Facebook after having my first baby at home. I’m one of those people who chose homebirth out of my own research, and don’t have a lot of family or friends that support it. I wanted a group that knows how amazing birthing at home really is, because IRL, I don’t have many people I can talk to about it.

  11. Shelli says:

    happy 2 years! i didn’t realize i had found you so soon after your start. that’s awesome. i found you by googling home birth advocacy, by the way. (3 of my 5 have been at home!)

  12. Mary Karl-Gruswitz says:

    I honestly don’t remember where I heard about BBH….but I’m so glad I did! Happy Anniversary – you done some great birthing work. mama!

  13. Lora O says:

    I just found BHH through the Facebook page of At Home in Maine. Beautiful blog today. I had my homebirth 15 months ago – so happy I did :)

  14. Joanny Llapur says:

    I found BBH from the Birth Without Fear page on Facebook. I think someone mentioned you on there :)

  15. I was not going to be pressured into a medicated or cutting birth so we did our research and found the most perfect midwife. Had a beautiful home birth and plan on doing it all over again in June – http://beamommydandelion.blogspot.com/2010/03/atlas-tiber-hazen-born-thursday-march.html

  16. Fabulous post!! It’s amazing to think of all the families BBH has helped. I love sending my home birth clients this way. So much great information!

  17. Maranda King says:

    Beautiful! Look forward to reading more and more. I was just begining to research at home births (as a friend of mine just had one in Jan) and came across this wonderful website. I am hooked now. Happy 2 year birthday!

  18. Sarah says:

    I found BBH because a friend “liked” the Facebook page, and because I love all things natural birth related and want a homebirth myself, I started following this blog. I don’t remember when I joined, but I know it’s been a while! Thanks for such a wonderful resource!

  19. Carrie says:

    Awesome!!

  20. Mary Grove says:

    Happy Birthday! I found you through a friend on Facebook, while ttc, but I knew I wanted a homebirth when the time came. Now I am planning my first birth to take place at my home in July! I am super excited!

  21. Evie says:

    Hi Kaitlin! I found BBH when you were “brand new”. I had just had my homebirth on Christmas Day 2009 and was hungry to connect to other like-minded mamas since I didn’t really know any (or at least many) at the time – I found you and am SO happy I did! You and I have gone through a lot of the same thoughts about homebirth and birth in general, and this post expresses that process perfectly – I love it!

    • bringbirthhome says:

      Awesome Evie. I was looking for the same thing – a community of like minded mamas. First I found them at My Best Birth, and then it was created at BBH. I feel so blessed. Much love to you!

  22. Sydney says:

    Happy two year anniversary! I found your blog 1 week before I gave birth to my 3rd precious baby and had my first home birth! Remembering that you told me “you were made to do this” and “you are strong” really helped during my labor and helped me push through to the end! Thank you so much! Love your page! :)

  23. Jennie says:

    I don’t remember when I found your site, but it was about a year ago as I was pregnant and preparing for my first Homebirth. Zachary Justice was born at home on March 10, and it was awesome!

  24. Rose Woods says:

    I found the site through an online friend while I was researching home birth. Such a great place to get information and meet like-minded people. You’ve done good, mama!

  25. Adrienne says:

    I remember when I remember I remember when
    I met Bring Birth Hoooooome.
    there was something on Facebook…
    from a friend

    Ever your posts did resonate
    Not just a trend

    ooooo oooooo

    And when you give birth
    in your power,
    Yeah, I was in my home
    But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
    I just knew too much

    Does that make me crazy?
    Does that make me crazy?
    Does that make me crazy?

    Possibly…

  26. Tiffany M in MS says:

    Happy anniversary!! I found you on FB!! We are in the final weeks of preparation for our 6th home birth of our 6th child!!! We love home birth!!!

  27. Erica Lea says:

    I’m never quite sure what to say when I enter your amazing giveaways! I feel like saying something clever has something to do with being a shoo-in ; )

    However, I love being a part of your community and always keep my fingers crossed that one day the universe will allow me to win one of these amazing pieces of jewelry you giveaway!!

    Thank you KR, your truly a wonderful person!

  28. Anna M. says:

    I came to BBH when I was trying to conceive my 2nd child (who is now 4 weeks old!) and I was researching HBAC. My good friend, Gena Kirby (of Progressive Parenting) had “liked” BBH and I thought it looked interesting so I did, too. The information I received was invaluable and I am proud to say I had my HBAC on January 29th this year. I’ll never be the same! Thanks for everything. <3

    • bringbirthhome says:

      I’ll personally thank Gena for sending you my way. Congratulations on your HBAC! Awesome! You are so welcome. <3

  29. Dawn says:

    I found BBH a month or so ago from about 10 friends in a “natural parenting” group. I delivered my first child in a hospital naturally and am looking forward to our second being born at home in May!!!!

  30. Serena Butler says:

    I found your page on Facebook when I had just given birth to my baby #6, my first home birth. Since then I have had baby #7 who is now 4 months old, and born at home too!

    Happy 2nd “birthday”!

  31. Mommagina says:

    So glad that your blog exists. I loved reading it in preparation for the home birth I had in December. <3

  32. I’ve probably been following BBH since the beginning, or nearly so. I’m an independent childbirth educator and have had 4 of my 5 children at home (first baby was born at a hospital). I can’t remember how I first heard of BBH, but my news feed is almost all birth-related news and links. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous homebirth advocacy necklace.

  33. Aly says:

    Love the post and love your blog! Happy 2nd birthday BBH!

  34. Shannon J says:

    I found BBH on FB after my own home birth. It is so wonderful to have a place to go when I cant seem to find people who think I’m normal for my views on natural birth.

  35. Renee says:

    I’m not sure how I found BBH. I’m an OB RN and a CNM student, I love homebirth and tend to trek circles in the homebirth community. I guess I just stumbled across it one day. I stayed b/c I somehow figured out that you live super close to me, and we had the same homebirth midwife! (small small world) I really just couldn’t believe that a random stumbling across a site on the internet could land me so close to home. I figured there must be a reason I keep you in my sights… and I will.

  36. Jenny Kuehnle says:

    Hello! I also love to dance to that song! :)
    I found your blog through your facebook page, I believe it was through either Birth Without Fear or Mamas and Babies. I was pregnant with my now 8 month old at the time and I was due the same week as you were!

  37. Keri M says:

    Found BBH on fb through some of my fellow homebirth mamas! Congrats on 2 years! Love the necklace :)

  38. Stephanie says:

    Your blog has been a huge inspiration and education to me. I love keeping up with you on FB. I heard about you through a friend Meredith Lovell-Thayer :) I love this post by the way!

    It all began 3 years ago when I had an unnecessary c-section. I knew for my second child, I wanted a homebirth for sure. I was a bit scared but educated myself to the fullest and had a successful, beautiful, inspiring birth at home only 20 months after my surgical birth. During my pregnancy with my second, I had a calling to midwifery. I just graduated from a midwifery school in rural WV and Im apprenticing with a great team of midwives and serving my community in homebirth!

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you for having this blog, I know you help and inspire so many woman to trust birth and their bodies :)

  39. Nicole Harris says:

    HA!I LOVE it! I came across BBH, I believe on Facebook! I submitted my round pregnant belly pic. for your home birth Mamma gallery! :) I think I’m crazy, because my husband got “fixed” (hee hee) after our 2nd. born 10/15/10 and NOW I want another, but only to experience another home birth, not REALLY wanting another baby! lol I have yet to tell him!

    Happy Anniversary! :) xo

  40. Natalie says:

    I found you when I was looking into a vbac at home. I love your page! I just had my home vbac January 25th, thanks for all the great info!

  41. Cindy B says:

    I honestly can’t say exactly how I found your site; only that it was through facebook and most likely that it was either Mamas and Babies or Birthwithoutfear that posted one of your articles that linked me up over here. Thanks for a great giveaway, congrats on two years, and I hope I win ~ we’ll be having our first homebirth, Lord willing, this summer.

  42. Jacy says:

    I found your site as I was planning my birth and volunteering to maintain and expand Colorado’s midwifery law.

  43. Destiny says:

    I found BBH looking for home birth pages after my own home birth. I was paging through my midwife’s “likes” and BBH caught my eye :)

  44. Bethany B. says:

    I think I found BBH from someone mentioning it on Birth Without Fear FB page!

  45. Kellie M says:

    I love your site and found it through some other home birthing friends and midwives.

  46. kristina says:

    I found BBH through Facebook and through my midwife. I had my first homebirth 15months ago after having a hospital birth with my first. This journey has brought me to becoming a Doula. What an amazing journey this has been.

  47. Katara says:

    Not sure how I found you, I think through facebook. Glad I did!

  48. joy holdorf says:

    I came arcoss this site on facebook when looking in to having a home birth. There are a lot of my friends that like ur site. I really love it. I would recommend it to anybody. It’s been almost a yr since I have jointed.

  49. Jessica Pace says:

    I found you when pregnant with my son and researching for home birth support as I was going for a HBAC. Well I did it and now I am such a passionate follower and homebirth supported. I love the site and vokle shows. So glad your doing this Kaitlin!

  50. I don’t remember when I first found BBH, but I’ve loved it for over a year now. Fabulous articles, photos, tidbits! I scroll to it right away if there’s a post to see! Keep up the great stuff!


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