A Letter From Bring Birth Home: The Details of My Online Maternity Leave

3 Comments 21 June 2011

Dear friends, fans and family of Bring Birth Home,

I am 38 weeks and 2 days today.

Each day is bringing me closer to birthing and meeting the new addition to our family. I’m so excited to discover the gender of our child and look into his/her eyes for the first time!

If you’ve been keeping up with my pregnancy journey, (there is a list of all my pregnancy updates at the bottom on this post) you’d know I’ve been working hard at crossing off items on my to-do list before baby arrives.

Eric and I have accomplished a lot in this past week, and it has been tremendously relieving/stress reducing. So much so that I joked around with my midwife this afternoon saying, “I swear, every time I cross something off that list this baby drops a little bit more.”

I’ve been putting off this blog post, (and falling asleep at night while nursing Ella to sleep) but the time has come. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to let you all know what’s in store for BBH over the next month.

I have decided to take an online maternity leave for the month of July.

If there is one thing I don’t want after my baby is born, it’s to be distracted the computer.

Heck no! I want to enjoy my baby moon with my family, at home, period.

This is not to say I won’t give the occasional teensy-weensy update now and again.  But I’m talking once in a blue moon.

Do not fear, BBH will not fall silent – I couldn’t let that happen! I have asked two fantastic gals to take over posting and general community “maintenance” while I’m away and they said yes!

Introducing the awesome BBH helpers, Melody & Stephanie

Hi! I’m Melody.

My husband and I have 2 boys, who keep us entertained 24-7. My first son was born in the hospital 3 years ago, and although it wasn’t necessarily a traumatic experience for me, after I watched the documentary “The Business of Being Born” I was able to relate to it in so many ways. So after really doing my homework the 2nd time around, we were blessed to be able to have our 2nd son at home last July.

Becoming a first-time mother was really an incredible experience for me, despite the overmedicated hospital experience I had – but being able to compare the two: hospital vs homebirth, I can honestly say that our homebirth was one of the most perfect, euphoric memories of my life. It was healing for me.

While pregnant last year, I felt lonely much of the time because of not having a “homebirth” support system. Most people looked at me like I was crazy for wanting to have a homebirth “on purpose.” But I always found encouragement through the BBH comunity, and empowered by this group of supportive, loving women.

I am so blessed and honored to know Kaitlin. She has taken a stand for women all across the world, and I wish her all of the strength and love in the world as she welcomes this new life in the world. I am looking forward to getting to hear from all of you over the next several weeks!

I’m Stephanie.

Greetings, friends of Bring Birth Home!

I’m an interior designer, musician, activist, friend, daughter, mother, and wife. I live in New York City with my feisty daughter and musician husband. I love travel, learning, writing, singing, and going for long adventure walks with my little silly goose (yes, she answers to Goose). Oh, and dark chocolate. I really love dark chocolate.

I have a confession to make. I’m a birth junkie.

It started 2 1/2 years ago, when I found out I was pregnant. Watching the videos, reading the books, meeting other moms…I was really excited for birth. But then…December came. I had a homebirth. In my wildest dreams, I never could’ve imagined how amazing that experience was. Since then, I’ve realized just how important a peaceful beginning truly is for the motherbaby. So important, that I am dedicating my free time to becoming a childbirth educator and birth doula. I feel strongly that gentle birth, respect for the newborn following birth, and protection of the new family could be the most powerful –and simple– way to help heal humanity. Peace on earth begins at birth

I am so honored to be a part of this community, and look forward to getting to know you all better. Enjoy your babymoon, Kaitlin Rose. We’ll be here when you emerge from your love nest.

I owe Melody & Stephanie A HUMONGOUS thanks for helping me out during this very special time period of my life!

The two of you have been so supportive for such a long time! I think the world of both of you! Thank you times a million.

And I want also to say thank you to all the friends, fans & family of BBH for all the well wishes and positive, kind thoughts you have shared with me over the months of this pregnancy. All of you mean so much to me and I feel so blessed to be in your thoughts!

Bring Birth Home Pregnancy Updates

Special note to those who follow @BringBirthHome on Twitter: I’m not very consistent on Twitter and am not shy in admitting the our Facebook page is what I consider to be the true heart & soul of the BBH community. For this reason,  I will be linking the updates from Facebook directly to Twitter for the month of July.

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3 Comments so far

  1. What a wonderful decision to take time off the computer and fully enjoy the coming of the new family member, Katie! I am so excited for you, Eric and Ella and can’t wait to meet the baby.

  2. Sara W. says:

    You will be missed. Have a wonderful Babymoon. Our hearts & thoughts will be with you during this beautiful time in your life. Can’t wait to hear all about your birth & your new sweet baby. Love & Light to you!!!!

  3. Kate Nolan says:

    What a great decision–and a great chance for us to get to know Melody and Stephanie better!

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