Tag Archives: Natural Childbirth

The Birth Interview Project | Kelly’s (almost unassisted) Homebirth

16 Jun

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 always reflect the values of the blog author.

Kelly’s son trying to listen to the baby’s heartbeat during her last prenatal check-up. Most of her prenatal check-ups were at home.


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

I’m Kelly, 30 years old.  Mom to Ravi and Maya, wife to Shashi.  I’m interested in women’s health issues and minored in women’s studies in college.  Since the birth of my son three years ago, I have become passionate about breastfeeding and became a leader for La Leche League.  I’m writing about the birth of my second child, Maya.

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

My due date was October 17, 2011, and Maya was born October 17, 2011!  I was shocked to have a baby born on her due date!

What was Maya’s weight and length?

Maya Kumari weighed 7lbs 4oz and was 21 inches long at birth.

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The Birth Interview Project | Jody’s Homebirth

25 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 always reflect the values of the blog author.

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

My name is Jody and I’m a 31-year-old vegetarian who lives with my long-term boyfriend. We worked from home as artists and designers doing screen printing and selling handmade goods on Etsy, but when our son was born my boyfriend started working at a factory so I could stay home and devote my time to our son. This is our first baby.

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

My baby’s due date was December 12th and my baby was born on December 3rd.

What was Henry’s weight and length?

6lbs 6oz and  20 inches long.

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The Birth Interview Project | Simone’s Surprise Unassisted Homebirth

15 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 always reflect the values of the blog author.

37 week bump

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

Hi there, I’m Simone,I’m 22 and I’m from the UK. This is the story of my second baby and first home birth.

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

Olivia was due on the 1st September and arrived the 5th September.

What was Olivia’s weight and length?

Olivia was 8lb 11oz; they didn’t do her length for some reason.

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The Birth Interview Project | Alison’s Birth Center Birth

25 Feb

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 always reflect the values of the blog author.

Alison and her son, Henry

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

I became pregnant after having struggled with PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome) for over three years. My husband of 8 years and I were in no way trying to have a baby at that time. I was just trying to get my PCOS under control so that when we did decide to start a family we would have an easier time. In September of 2009, I had surgery to have dozens of ovarian cysts removed which were, in essence, suffocating my reproductive system. I was then put on birth control to help regulate my hormone production. Six months to the day after I had my surgery I found out I was pregnant. Hence why we call Henry “our little Jurassic Park baby” — nature found a way! Though we were not yet trying to get pregnant, we were none-the-less thrilled. I knew I would seek a natural childbirth well before I ever became pregnant. I have a minor in Women’s Studies and personally feel that the medical system in America has hijacked women’s ability to birth in a physically “normal” manner. I am incredibly happy to live in a nation with wonderful Ob/GYN surgeons should a mom and baby need them. For me though, I wanted to birth the way my mother, grandmother and ancestors birthed. 

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

My due date was November 22nd but throughout my whole pregnancy my Midwife, Jean, reminded me that most first time moms deliver around 41 weeks and 3 days. Henry was born December 2nd, 2010 at exactly 41 weeks and 3 days. 

What was Henry’s weight and length?

Henry was a perfect 8 pounds, 7 ounces and a little tall at 21 ¾ inches.

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