My name is Cindy and I'm expecting my 3rd child. I have 2 boys, Reed will be 5yrs next month and Jac is 2.5yrs! My "guessdate" is March 31st.
I am a doula, new childbirth educator, breastfeeding counselor, and herbalist in training. I do belly casting, maternity and birth photography and placenta encapsulation.
I'm an advocate of babywearing, child-lead weaning, cloth diapering, using natural/holistic remedies, homemade baby food, attachment parenting, etc.
My first son was a planned birth center birth turned hospital birth. I was a "normal" uncomplicated hospital birth but it was NOT at all I wanted. I was induced for reasons I thought were medically necessary at the time (low AFI's) but later learned induction for low AFI's does not improve maternal and fetal outcomes. I had a slew of interventions, it was awful. But that birth was the catalyst to learning my calling was to become a doula and soon-to-be
My second son was a planned birth center birth, a very fast precipitous birth making it to the birth center 5mins before he was born. The birth center was an hour away. It was a wonderfully empowering and virtually painless birth, minus being in the car during transition.
This time I'm FINALLY getting my homebirth!!! I'm elated. I have to pay out of pocket for her services but I pray I get reimbursed.
But $3200 is super inexpensive for comprehensive prenatal, birth and postpartum care when the birth at hospital without complications or meds cost $8,000, thats not including the prenatal care. So its worth it to get the birth I want and to avoid the birth I dont want :O)
My favorite books are:
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Thinking Womans Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
My favorite birth documentaries are:
The Business of Being Born
Pregnant in America.
You can see a clip of them here on my website
My favorite herbal teas are Red Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Dandelion and Oatstraw
"If you don't know your options, you don't have any." -
Diana Korte, A Good Birth, A Safe Birth