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    Posted August 10, 2010 by
    Lakewood, Colorado
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    Giving birth at home

    It's ok to take responsibility...


    I believe that in most cases hospitals are for the sick or injured.  So, I decided to give birth to both my boys at home, with my husband as my only caretaker.  And guess what? We fared well, incredibly well in fact, albeit better than in a hospital setting.  Both boys were born extremely happy and healthy.  No abnormal blood loss, prolonged or irregular labor (3 hours max with each), complications, ripping/tearing, hospital personnel breathing down our necks ready to give me a drip line, etc.  It was beautiful and exhilarating, just as labor should be.

    Women don't seem to want to take responsibility for their bodies any longer...and instead are leaving it up to the doctors.  Who exactly made the baby anyway?  And taking responsibility for your body and baby includes not letting others make decision for you, i.e unnecessary ultrasounds, hasty inductions, intake of drugs during labor, unnecessary c-sections, etc.

    Also, nutrition plays a huge role in the health of mother and baby.  I made sure I included a broad range of organic foods in my diet, drank plenty of fresh water, and supplemented with probiotics and omega oils.

    All in all, my home birthing experience was incredible. While I do realize not all situations are similar to mine, I am convinced, however, that healthy women who get to know their bodies and put full faith in their ability to give birth naturally and successfully, are pretty darn good candidates for a home birth.

    One last thing, the birthing industry has become just that, an INDUSTRY...and one that isn't necessarily looking out for all babies and mamas. I chose not be a part of that.

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