Our Daughter

What an incredible week! Our baby girl came to join us…

Everything went according to “plan”. She was born the very day we hoped to have her (for a variety of reasons), the beginning of the 38th week of pregnancy, the morning after a restful Shabbat. The birth was at home, and went perfectly. Labor was just a few hours, and the delivery was done in the water. It was all quite amazing.

Now I’m dealing with the exhaustion, the emotions, the new challenges that each unique baby brings. Yes, I’ve done this four times before. But I’ve never done it with this baby.

She’s worth every moment.

Head’s Down, Thumbs Up! On My Way To Home Birth

That was what my first grade teacher would call out before we played Seven Up, which was my favorite game at that big-kid school. (Well, not the homebirth part).

This time, I mean something entirely different……THE BABY TURNED! HER HEAD IS DOWN!!!
Thumbs up, as in, “fantastic.” Head’s down, as in: her head is down. Capish?

I am so excited that she’s finally decided to go along with the program.

While she was turned the wrong way, I did some research and found http://www.spinningbabies.com/. It was very helpful and gave me lots of information as well as recommending the exercises/positions I tried, like the inversion I showed as a video example in one of the last posts. Some of the information on baby position I got from this picture that I borrowed from them. The caption above this picture is

Head Down Is Only Half The Story

I didn’t know this. I’ve heard of “posterior”babies that give you lots of back labor. That’s when the baby’s occiput (the back of the skull) is facing your back, so you see the baby’s face as it comes out, instead of the back of the head. It’s a little harder and usually more uncomfortable to push this baby out.

The ideal baby position is LOA, “Left Occiput Anterior”. This means that the baby is lying along the left side, with the occiput facing the mother’s front (not posterior).

I believe that my little princess is in that ideal position, but I am not sure. At least her head is down, though.

If your baby is head down, but in one of the other positions, SpinningBabies has some exercises/positions that are supposed to be helpful for getting the baby to move. I am going to rest and trust that all is well unless I get an indication of something otherwise.

If at all up to us, we would like to have our baby one week from yesterday, on August 16th. Don’t laugh, we’ve chosen a delivery date in the past, and it worked just fine.

I’ll keep you posted!

From a very soon to be mama of 5.

Who Knows How to Deliver a Breech?

“C-sections shouldn’t be ‘automatic’ for breech births, Canadian doctors say”

Duh.

I can’t believe that since the year 2000, every woman with a breech baby gets cut open. They thought it was safer. I am so glad that it’s finally being concluded that it’s not necessarily true.

But there are still 2 main problems.

First, and this is the smaller of the two, not everyone agrees with this yet. But, I think it will come soon.

The bigger problem lies with the short-sightedness of the medical community.

Nobody has regularly delivered breech babies naturally for so long, that nobody knows how. They don’t get trained to do it. So, even those who might be willing have no skill. Some do, and have, but it’s a small group. And depending where you live, there may be laws against it.

Here in Israel, it is illegal to have a breech delivery at home. So the midwives won’t do it; they’d lose their licenses. And they haven’t been trained for it, anyway. The only option for someone like me (if my baby doesn’t turn) is to go to the hospital. At the hospital, they want to automatically cut me open, and not even try to deliver naturally. I can choose a hospital where they have more doctors who do deliver breeches, and refuse a C-section, and pray that they will not automatically cut.

But it’s a crappy position to be in.

If I lived in many other places, especially in Europe, there would be midwives who would be happy and confident to help me birth this baby at home, as I’d like to.

For now, I’ll keep going to the chiropractor and hanging upside down. And pray that she turns.

Here’s the link to the article from Canada: http://bit.ly/6Cb3k

“For Low-Risk Births, Home Is As Safe As Hospital”

I just read a great article, on Quality Health, put out by Reuters Health in New York. It states that for low-risk births, home is as safe as hospital.

“Low-risk women should be encouraged to plan their birth at the place of their preference, provided the maternity care system is well equipped to underpin women’s choice,” Dr. A. de Jonge, from TNO Quality of Life, Leiden, the Netherlands, and co-researchers note in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

I am tired of people looking at me like I have two heads when I say that I am planning to give birth at home, that I have done so for all four of my babies, and that I wouldn’t want it any other way. Even if it is free of charge in the hospital, and I’d have to pay out of my pocket for a midwife at home. (we have socialized medicine here in Israel.)

I think the tide is turning.

“The findings, they conclude, indicate that with proper services in place, home births are just as safe as hospital births for low-risk women.”

This study was done in the Netherlands, a place that has a lower rate of both maternal and fetal deaths than the US. Maybe we should listen to them.

People are getting wise to the motivation (from the hospital’s side) behind most hospital births, and I am so glad to see more people seeking alternatives. The documentary movie The Business of Being Born gives great details about hospital births; watch the trailer here: http://bit.ly/f1Tzi

Cindy Crawford chose to have a home birth and shares her story in 4 parts. Here is the link to watch part 4 of her interview:

http://bit.ly/MwvTp

If you want to watch all of it, you can follow links on that site to the previous webisodes.

You can read the full article from Reuters here: http://bit.ly/KqNXW

More Reasons to Birth at Home

For obvious reasons, I have Birthing On My Mind. I can’t believe our little GIRL might be here in FOUR weeks! Maybe five or six. But either way, it’s soon.

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately on the web, researching things related to a more Natural Lifestyle for this blog. I’ve noticed what seems to be a trend: more people are becoming less satisfied with the “standard” hospital birth. Those same people are helping to publicize Natural Childbirth, which almost always means Home Birth.

This is Good.

In getting closer to my own birthing experience and poking around on the web, I’ve discovered something: I am very passionate about hombirth. I see these interviews and read of people’s experiences and tears stream down my face as I feel sad for those who don’t know how peaceful and wonderful the birth experience could and should be.

Here is an extremely well-done video which further helps convey some reasons we choose to birth at home. For anyone considering this, or just wanting to know more, WATCH THIS.

It’s one video, in two parts.

And here’s an article from the LA Times about Ceseareans in hospital births http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/17/business/fi-cover-birth17

You’re Giving Birth WHERE?!?

Which sounds better to you: Bright lights, strangers walking in and out checking machines that make beeps, being strapped to a table, unable to choose whatever position is most comfortable, being cut open because you’re taking to long…..

OR

Your own comfortable home with a few select friends or family, your favorite relaxing music, the lights low, able to do whatever feels best?

I love homebirth. I completely trust my body to know what to do; it was created to do it. Birth is not an illness, and it has no place among the sick in an atmosphere of fear.I have had all four of my children in a home birth setting with a certified nurse midwife attending. I can’t imagine doing it any other way, and I hope that I never need to.

Below are 2 short related videos.

Watch this trailer to what looks like an amazing documentary: http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/trailer.php

And here are some good websites/communities about natural birth:

http://www.mybestbirth.com/
http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/