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Since when do we need an expert to tell us where we are comfortable? Since when do we need an expert to tell us with whom we feel relaxed and open and able to poop or make love or birth a baby? Read more…. The Question of Homebirth
Pleased that her midwives were there to support her during two normal, physiological births at home, a mother discovers that, when things turned abnormal, the medical world was also there to care for her.
Read more…. The System That Worked
After three hospital births, a mother discovers homebirth and gets the respectful, no-stress birth she’s been craving.
Read more…. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
A mother uses a mantra she learned while hiking the Inca Trail in Peru to have a peaceful birth.
Read more…. The Perfect Mantra
Ada strode into the office accompanied by her husband, mother and grandmother. She was the picture of health—and education.
Read more…. Ada’s Midwife’s Story
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Five weeks before her due date, a Washington State mother learns from her out-of-hospital midwives that they will be unable to care for her because her baby is breech. A decision to drive to Oregon, where midwives can assist breech births at home is made, but baby has other plans. In the end, the couple’s Oregon midwife assists via phone and Bruno is born butt-first at home, into his mother’s hands.
Read more…. Bruno’s Birth Story
“There are still midwives and mothers who know powerful stories. Who still live powerful birth stories. We must take courage and tell the stories. … We must take courage and believe the stories,” writes Sister MorningStar in this lovely introduction to our special section of homebirth stories.
Read more…. The Power of Story
A newly pregnant woman comes full-circle on her views about homebirth and urges others to share stories of loving, peaceful homebirths with their friends and families. Read more…. What I Wish I Had Seen
When a homebirth is planned, transferring to the hospital can be a nightmare for the parents and the midwife. How can you help create a better experience for your client? In this article, a midwife-turned-L&D-nurse offers practical tips to ensure a smooth transition, and guides midwives through the ins and outs of hospital transfers.
Read more…. Hospital Transfers: Ease the Transition and Optimize the Experience
A doula and midwife-in-training learns valuable lessons assisting at homebirths, and recognizes that being a birth worker is more of a calling than a profession.
Read more…. The Birthing of a Birth Worker
Having a well-thought-out birthkit is crucial to any midwife’s practice. In this detailed article, Certified Midwife (and expert packer) Regina Willette helps you plan, pack and organize your birthkit, so you’ll arrive at your clients’ homes prepared and ready to go.
Read more…. The Well-Organized Birthkit: “How Do I Ever Fit It All In?”
A doula assists at her first homebirth and learns the true meaning of Ina May Gaskin’s saying, “Let your monkey do it.”
Read more…. Let Your Monkey Do It—A Doula’s Take on Homebirth