Isaac’s Birth Story

Posted by Jennifer under Just Life, Parenting (1 Respond)

Two years ago today, I woke up in the wee hours of morning in labor. {With all three children, labour started between 1am and 3am – neat huh?.}. I was beyond excited. Chloe’s labour was 36 hours start to finish but John’s was less than 5! I was expecting Isaac to arrive soon so I […]

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Postnatal Healing Herbal Bath

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting, Recipe Box (3 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond After birth, at minimum your perineum is sore and chances are, you may have some minor tearing. A soothing herbal bath is great for promoting healing and also good for helping baby’s cord stump to heal. The Hamilton Midwives’ website has the recipe but I simply went to the drug store […]

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Prepare for a Home Birth #2 – Set Up

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photo adapted from jessica.diamond Considerations for Setting Up: So you’ve gathered all your supplies. Good job! Before you begin to set up, you’ll want to decide where you will labor. {Note: I’m not a doctor, or any sort of medical professional or birth expert. I’m simply sharing what works for me.} There are three main […]

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Prepare for a Home Birth #1 – Supplies

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (8 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond I’ve had two wonderful home births and am hoping for another one. Part of having your home birth go smoothly is being prepared. You should have a packed hospital bag for labor ready to go.  You never know! The midwife’s office and pager number’s should be in a prominent place. A […]

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Choosing a Home Birth

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photo adapted from jessica.diamond Is it Safe?!? Choosing a home birth is not just for the brave. or the insane. It’s not really even that radical of an idea; though society would have us believe that. Prior to the introduction of hospital births 100+/- years ago, home was where you had your baby. Oh, yes […]

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Packing a Hospital Bag for Labor

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photo adapted from jessica.diamond I’m planning to have our baby at home, just like Chloe and John. That being said, with both of them (and this baby), I packed a hospital bag (about 33 weeks) just in case. Labor, birth and babies are all unpredictable and I find it best to be prepared. I know […]

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Writing a Birth Plan

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (4 Responds)

photo adapted from jessica.diamond There is a ton of information online about birth plans; there are even sites where you can customize your birth plan online. There are samples of birth plans that are vague and then there are others that are planned and written out to the last minute detail. There are also forums […]

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John’s 6 Hour Home Birth Story

Posted by Jennifer under Just Life, Parenting (9 Responds)

 Pregnant with John I woke up on August 7th, 2008 at 3am with contractions. Not the light “hmm, are these contractions?” that I felt with Chloe but real, “oh, I am in labor!” contractions.  About a half hour or so I laid in bed but, if you recall my success with water in labor {pain […]

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My Thoughts & Things to Think About (Chloe’s Birth)

Posted by Jennifer under Just Life, Parenting (13 Responds)

48 hours old My Experience Chloe’s Birth Story (part 1) was the very factual side, largely due to my doula’s notes. This is part 2 and my memories are much briefer. I recall waking up, excited by my contractions, which weren’t really painful. Heading in to the nursery, I spent those hours thinking, dreaming and […]

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Why Share Birth Stories?

Posted by Jennifer under Parenting (6 Responds)

It used to be that when the time came to give birth, a woman had a community of women around her, supporting her and helping her labor. It may have been the closest neighbor, a field away. It may have been the entire village that came. There were older women helping the younger women through […]

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