Tuesday, April 19, 2011

our decision

As you know we are planning to have a home water birth for Mason. Lots of people question why we would do this.

Austin and I spent some time talking about what we liked to have happen when we got pregnant and how we would like to deliver. We both were all for the idea of having a natural birth. At first I was thinking we would do this in a hospital and honestly kind of weary of the idea of having a home birth. His sister had done it once before and and was planning her second one. Her and her husband talked greatly of the experience and wanted to help inform us about it in any way they could. Honestly I wasn't too hone on the idea.

Was it safe?
Who does home births in 2011?
What happens if something goes wrong?

We watched a very informative video, The business of Being Born, and instantly I knew this is what I wanted to do.

I want to make my own decisions without pressure from nurses or doctors.

I want to labor and deliver naturally

I want to have a personal experience with my husband and not 25 staff members

I want to hold my baby immediately after birth for how ever long I want before he is rushed away to be clean, measured and weighed.

I want to be in my house, where I can shower, clean, feed and rest in my bed the night I deliver.

Austin and I both strongly believe this is what is right for us and we have a very knowledgeable midwife we put our trust in. We know the baby and I will be safe and proper care will be given to us. We understand some situations may occur where this birth will not be able to be preformed at home and in that case we trust our midwife to make the necessary decisions and take proper actions in time to get us safely to a hospital.

Although some believe this is still a crazy idea we are more than certain this will be a wonderful experience we will remember and charish.

and to Mason

This is not only your room but where you will be born

this is not only our kitchen sink but where you will take your first bath

this is not only your mommy and daddy's bed but where you will sleep your first night

this is not only where you will be born but it is your home

We are already so in love with you and can't wait to meet you!


  1. I think it's great that you are doing a home/water birth. I felt most comfortable delivering Rylin at the hospital but I so wish we could have gone home that night! There were so many interruptions during the two days we were there and I was so stressed out!

  2. I think it's amazing you will be delivering your son at your own home!!

  3. That is awesome that you know what you want and are sticking to it! I bet you are getting so excited for the big day!


  4. This is great, and honestly? Good for you! I wanted to deliver at home, but I was scared something would go wrong, and my fiance wasn't into the idea.

    I can't wait to read about your experience!

  5. Hi, I'm a new follower! So excited for you.
    I had a natural birth (in the hospital, with a doula) and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I'm so happy for you!



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