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The story before the VBAC

“…I made my birth plan after a lot of thought, prayer, research, and many talks with Sterling and our midwife, Rebekah. I decided to labor at home and give my baby and body a chance. We were hopeful, but we also knew the risks, and I prepped a hospital bag. After 30 hours of labor,…

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Plan C

“When I became pregnant with my first child, I had no doubt that homebirth was the path for us.  We hired an incredible midwife, went to homebirth prep classes, ordered our tub and figured out how to get our wonky sink faucet to connect to a lead-free hose and how to then siphon out the…

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HBC Birth Poem: feeling she does not feel

  Thoughts on my experience of my recent birth. This was a planned homebirth that was transferred to the hospital in the 43rd week after a four-day home induction failed to progress past 4 centimeters. The hospital staff would not induce me due to supposedly life-threatening conditions, and although I disagreed with their findings my…

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The Story of Geneva’s Birth – an HBC Journey

I have told this story incompletely many times. I can describe it quickly in a simple sentence when I have to: It was a home birth that ended in cesarean. We planned a home birth with a CPM and were a low risk pregnancy the whole way. At 37 weeks the Braxton hicks contractions suddenly picked up. They…

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Kristen’s Homebirth Cesarean Story: It’s Not About Me

We planned for a natural homebirth. Around 4am I woke up with cramping. I think it had been going on for a while and I had slept through it. By 4:30 I realized that the cramps were mild contractions and that they were coming regularly, about 10 minutes apart. I got up to pee and…

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Erin’s Story: My HBC

This is hard to write. It is not the story I thought I would be telling. I thought I would be writing about how wonderful it was to be the first one to hold my baby, to have him snuggled up on my chest within seconds of his birth, to be at home, surrounded by…

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Coral’s HBC Story: I Gave Birth to Our Daughter

I did something important. I gave birth to our daughter. I always imagined birth had finite boundaries. When someone would say they gave birth I believed it to have a clear beginning and a clear ending. I thought of birth as a singular event that held space in time, as well as a great deal…

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Elizabeth’s Story: HBC and NICU

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, I woke up around 6:30 with a back ache. Since I still wasn’t “due” for another couple days and I historically have my babies after 40 weeks, I figured I had slept awkwardly. I got up and started getting the boys ready for school, taking passive notice of a few contractions. They…

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Jaime’s Story: My HBC

Madeleine was born on a Friday morning in February of 2011, under the bright lights of an operating room. We were surrounded by strangers in sterile gowns. It was a far cry from the birth her parents had planned – at home in a birthing tub with candles, soft music, and serenity. 41 week testing…

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Sheetal’s Story: My CBAC & the Practice of Acceptance

Seeing the phrase “MY CBAC” in print can occasionally have the power to be painfully debilitating. I so strongly yearned for a VBAC. Yet, when I search deeply into my own psyche, I am confronted with the fact that I got everything I wanted for my baby out of my CBAC. I did not get…

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