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So my water broke or maybe it was bloody show at 3am this morning… Feb 1…   We called the midwife and informed her of our exciting news…

We went back to bed and later realized we needed to dry the sheets I had washed last night and make the bed for birthing… I got hungry and had to pee… We both had our moments of excitement, anxiety, nostalgia,  and intimacy… Lots of cuddling and gentle kisses and caresses…

We were both preparing for a long day and reassuring each other through our actions we could count on each other for support, love, and guidance through this new birth experience…

As the day has progressed, I was able to spend time with our son… play, watch tv, and even eat a wonderful lunch prepared by my mother with lots of love… Whom we decided to keep our little secret that her one and only granddaughter was making her way to our world…

My husband took a nap while I played with our son and then I took a nap while he played with him…

Contractions have gotten stronger and closer together…

Now the trick… wait about 3 more hours for our son’s bedtime and officially let my mother in our little secret… I’ve been in labor since 3am…

I must say one huge difference between my hospital birth and the beginning of my home birth… is that I am calm, relaxed, and enjoying this beautiful adventure…

My husband has made comments about the differences between my behavior in the hospital and home… He’s even asked me several times if I feel pain… yes… I feel pain… but I’d rather like it to be put that I feel uncomfortable surges…

My motto during these surges:  Relaxation breathing with “I Trust My Body”…

To be continued as time progresses…

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Write down 10 things you wish you could do today.  Do not include things you should do… Only include things you want to do…

Do 1 of the 10 things and write down or ponder how it felt to indulge in one of your wishes…

Feel free to comment on the task… 🙂

I just visited a friend’s blog who is living out her passion!!! What a wonderful way to spend your energy… Doing something you love…

www.saralattisstone.com

What’s your passion? What do you love to do? How did you find it?

So I just read the ACOG opinion on Planned Home Birth for 2011… The fact is that I am a little bewildered by the audacity for ACOG’s opinion to not support planned home births…

If ACOG does not want to support planned home births… then why don’t they work with midwives whether CPM or CNM to allow midwives to attend natural births in hospitals with all the birth props, necessities, and support a women who seeks natural birth desires…

Will that make it safer to have babies in a hospital vs the home if everything required for a natural birth is available at a hospital?…

What about the risk of infections in hospitals?  Much higher than in your home due to exposure…

Here’s the other thing… The majority of OBs in the US are not well versed in natural childbirth… They are well versed in childbirth with interventions… so how can natural childbirth be safer in a hospital when midwives whose expertise is natural childbirth are generally not allowed to attend births in a hospital…

In the rare cases midwives are allowed to attend births in a hospital they are working under an OB who is more of a boss than a consultant for the case… Meaning in most cases the midwives hands are tied to her Supervising OB’s views and perspectives even if she is not hundred percent in agreement…  To me that’s not consulting that’s an OB telling a midwive what to do…

I believe there is a difference between a consult for a high risk pregnancy or a low risk pregnancy which has become complicated or high risk… In those cases… wouldn’t the midwife transfer or refer her client to an OB anyways… Isn’t that the point of OB’s… to attend high risk, complicated births…

What’s the difference between a birth center and a home birth really?  I mean most birth centers in my area are in old victorian homes anyway… they basically rent you a bedroom and bathroom and allow you to get there when you are in active labor and birth your baby… You are allowed to stay in the room for approximately 6 hours or so after the baby is born… Unless of course, another mom comes in who is labor and needs the room… Usually there are 2-3 rooms in these birth centers…

Now in your home you get labor and birth your baby and then stay there after the baby is born… No driving anywhere unless a transfer is necessary…

If you are in a birth center and require a transfer then you would be driving as well…

Since when is a VBAC or HBAC a high risk pregnancy?  The risk for uterine rupture is 3% for a c-section and 1% for a VBAC… so to me the risk is about equal… why not give the pregnant mother the option and allow her to decide for herself…

By the way in case you didn’t know… even first time pregnant moms have uterine rupture risks…  What do you think about that?

Here’s the other thing… ACOG’s recommendation for finding a suitable midwife provider… No one ever tells a pregnant mother to find a suitable OB/Gyn and ask the OB/GYN for references, certifications, etc, etc… Usually they go with whomever is doing their women’s wellness checkups… no questions asked.

ACOG should recommend pregnant mothers to interview their OB/GYN to determine if they are a suitable provider for the birth of their child… What is the difference here between interviewing a suitable midwife vs a suitable OB/GYN?

By the way… In my journey of finding a suitable provider for my planned HBAC… I interviewed several midwives and a OB…

Every single one of the midwives stated they would offer and discuss all the standard components of prenatal care with me… Ultimately it was my decision to waive or authorize every single component based on the pros/cons and risks of each component…

Shouldn’t that be standard with OB practice as well… Why do newborns get Vitamin K shots… Too bad I never knew or thought to ask when I gave birth to my first child…  We just accepted that’s what needs to be done…

As mothers and fathers we need to question every practice regarding our prenatal and postpartum care for mom and baby… just like we question every teacher, recommendation, grandparent, friend, aunt/uncle, family member, etc who tells how we need to raise, parent, feed, clothe, teach, and expose our child to society…

What are your thoughts on this?  I want to know…

Well let me just tell you I am excited… I feel like I had a productive week and well we should all celebrate our wins big or small…

For one thing… if we talk about positive change in our lives then we feel energized… motivated… excited…

So I’ve decided to make Fridays… SHARE YOUR WINS…

Everybody is invited to post a win, achievement, or positive action which they would like to receive acknowledgement for!

I’ll start… 🙂

I’ve nursed my feverish son to health with the least amount of medicine necessary to keep the fever from going too high!

I’ve networked, picked a schedule for social networking sites and well stood my ground by saying no without feeling guilty when I felt like my family was more  important…

Even the little things are WINS… Wins are gains or changes which move us towards happiness…  Everybody has different wins… don’t be afraid to share…

“Love the Life you life…”

And in the words of my colleague…

“Life is a gift, untie the knot”

Buddha: Consider others as yourself.

Jesus: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Hello…

It’s been a little while… I’ve been doing some pretty intense changes in my life and moving towards happiness! It feels great! I feel wonderful, stable, and alive…

So in the past year or so I’ve been reading many many books including spiritual, religious, and self-help books and I’ve come to the realization that I am a practicing Catholic who seems to understand basic Buddhist ideas…
In one of the many books I’ve read by Thich Naht Nahn, Thay (as he is known) states that you shall not abandon your maternal church. He goes on to explain that Christians and Buddhists have many things in common and/or similar beliefs so why not incorporate some of the Buddhist teachings into our spirituality.

It sounded interesting and possible at the time… so then I chose to read “Living Buddha, Living Christ” to understand more about the similarities and differences between Christians and Buddhists.

I was very surprised to see the connection between Christianity and Buddhism.

It actually confirmed my suspicion that many religions have similar ideals or beliefs that are expressed in different ways.

Once again, I felt drawn to Buddhism and felt comfortable with the connections and/or different terminology expressed between Christianity and Buddhism.

In fact I prefer to think of negative energy rather than sin, evil, or the devil… I love the idea of positive energy, the Holy Spirit, enlightenment, Jesus…

After this, we took a family vacation to Thailand… where the majority of the population practice Buddhism. It was fascinating to see how much reverence and honor Buddhist Thais exhibited in their Temples.

I felt at awe and at peace when I encountered Buddhist monks and entered the Buddhist Temples.

It was as if a I felt a positive energy, a love, a newfound peace while paying my respects to Buddha at a Buddhist Temple.

The same positive energy, love, and newfound peace I felt 10 years ago when I visited the Vatican…

The same positive energy, love, and newfound peace I’ve always felt when I’ve entered any Catholic Church to pray for that matter…

I’ve even been able to find it during Savasana after I practice yoga…

So now I am reading a book called “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama himself… I love the book… I am only in Part 2 of the book and still have to finish reading… but as I finished reading Part 1 it occurred to me…

Can a practicing Catholic practice Buddhism at the same time?

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