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Pregnancy

A photo of our baby at 9 weeks

A photo of our baby at 9 weeks

I am now 18 weeks pregnant. The baby’s due date is September 5th. When I found out I was pregnant, I had no plan, no real information about anything baby/birth related. I immediately ordered a pile of books from Amazon. I’ve also had friends lend me books or recommend some.

After reading and doing some research, I’ve decided a home birth is the best option for me. It’s unbelievable how the statistics and facts are kept from the general population. People think I’m crazy for wanting a home birth, but the drugs and interference at the hospitals are much more scary than the natural delivery process.

Here are some great quotes from books I’ve come across recently:

“On the one hand, some of the most impressive childbirth statistics, with low rates of Caesarean section, come out of Holland – the only developed country where as many as one baby in every three is born at home. On the other hand, pregnant women all over the world are commonly told that home birth is dangerous.” ~Birth and Breastfeeding by Michel Odent

Ina May Gaskin is a world-renowned Midwife who works and lives at The Farm (a community in Tennessee that has a birth center and a group of midwives). When she wrote the book Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth in 2003, she says that she and her partners had attended over 2200 births at homes and at their birth center. Here are some interesting statistics from that book: “Our cesarean rate up to the year 2000 was 1.4 percent; our forceps- and vacuum-extraction rate was 0.05 percent. The U.S. national cesarean rate for 2001 was 24.4 percent, and the instrumental delivery rate was about 10 percent.”

So there are some statistics for you. I am definitely far from an expert on the matter, but I’m learning more every day. It seems to me that one of the most important factors in giving birth is your environment. I need to feel relaxed and comfortable, and I can’t imagine ever feeling relaxed in a hospital.

Week 17

Week 17

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At the end of January, we had an intense ice storm hit Mountain View and other parts of Arkansas and the south. The weight of the ice took down power lines, power poles, and lots and lots of trees. All of Mountain View was powerless for several days. We lost power on a Tuesday afternoon. We waited it out for a couples days. Spending our evenings playing cards and games by oil lamp light. By Thursday, we called the power company and the message said “They were still assessing the damage”. We really needed to bathe, so we decided to bail. We drove to Washington, MO on Thursday night. The trip heading north was pretty intense. The roads were down to one lane because of all the downed trees and we were constantly driving over power lines. The first town we found with electricity was in Missouri.
We’re pretty sure our power came back on Saturday and we returned on Monday. Several of the people I work with didn’t have power for 13 to 15 days. Talk about living the pioneer life! But these people can do it…of anybody in the world, they can do it!
Here are some photos I took the day after the storm on the drive into Mountain View:

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It feels strange to be writing about this now, since last night we had a bonfire and I was wearing flipflops! And I’m sitting on my porch writing this right now in beautiful 70 degree weather. The weather changes so quickly. Last weekend we had snow!

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