Tag Archives: Home birth

Because I Love Her | The Need for Change in Homebirth Care

27 Apr

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Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time researching  homebirth and the midwifery model of care in the United States. I’ve discovered we’ve got some maturing to do. I feel that the natural childbirth movement is having some major growing pains.  We have been failing our mothers, and the excellent midwives who give homebirth a good name, because we’re allowing negligent midwives to practice (and teach us)!

Did you know that we don’t have a national and or reliable way of weeding out bad midwives?  Did you know that there are midwives who have lost babies at birth due to their own negligence and these midwives are still practicing? Did you know that there are loss mothers who have raised their voice at the injustice of their newborns’ death, and the mothers are the ones being shunned, not the midwives – whose negligent care caused the death of their babies?

I could cry, in fact I have cried.  I feel so deeply grieved by this. I love homebirth. I love the midwifery model of care, but I’m beginning to feel that we’re valuing the message and the look of homebirth more than the desire and effort it will take to see it blossom and grow into something strong, healthy, and stable.

We cannot ignore our need to change. As any healthy relationship moves forward in growth, there are times when we have to acknowledge our failings to each other – with love and care, so that the fruit of the relationship stays sweet. It’s time, birth lovers, it is imperatively… time.

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The Birth Interview Project | Rachel’s Homebirth

2 Apr

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not reflect the values of the blog author.

*Editor’s Note: This is Rachel’s second birth interview that she has shared with us. To read her first interview, an unmedicated birth center birth please click here.

37 weeks and 4 days, the day Rachel gave birth.

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

My name is Rachel I’m married to my high school sweetheart & we have two lovely daughters who I stay at home with.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?

Due date was October 16th, our daughter arrived on September 29th

What was your baby’s weight and length?

Sophelia August was 8 pounds 20 3/4 inches long.

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