- Posted August 1, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Giving birth at home
Homebirths Revisited...Yeah, I'd Do It Again.
Warning! Don't look at all these pics if you are squimish. Especially the last pic. It shows my youngest son in his first second of life and boy is he blue. haha
I could wax on and on about the awsomeness of home birth. But all I will say is it's not for everyone, but for me, I would not want to do it any other way. I would hate to see the rights of parents compromised because the baby may be at risk. Hello? Is not a hospital birth risky? Hospitals have sick and diseased people in them. Why would I want to bring a healthy baby into the world in that environment?
My oldest brother died during birth, in a hospital. The doctor left my mom in a room by herself, saying she was having "false" labor, and then he went golfing. My brother was delivered by nurses, he was breech, and he died. Enough said.
My midwife was my friend and was a professional. She charged us $300 for each birth! Granted that was 1988 and 1990, but compared to the hospital, it was a bargain. We did not have health insurance, or unfailing trust in "modern medicine."
I would do it all over again despite the fact that my kids were born on a mountain, an hour from a hospital. And the hospital was in Canada no less! Socialists! oh my!
My first born spent his first night in Canada because I retained my placenta and we had to go to the hospital up there to fix that. We spent the night in a motel because the border was closed after I was treated.
My second, depicted in the birthing pictures above, had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck when he was born. My awesome midwife took care of that. My son is now 19 and entering his second year at Western Washington University. I think his gpa is 3.4, so I figure he wasn't noticibly brain damaged.
photos: the home birth of my youngest son, Jonah, photo of me and my boys shortly after Jonah's birth.