✨I just read that less than 1 in 80,000 babies are born in the amniotic sack: En Caul Birth✨ what a magical little being!!
When I started pushing there was a little green balloon coming out of my yoni that gradually kept getting bigger and bigger. None of us knew what it was, at first we thought it was the head… Then realized it felt like a water balloon. I got on the ground in squat position and in a few big pushes Pueo came out fully in the sack all at ONCE!
((Will share the full birth story soon!!!))
So excited to empower women and couples to feel confident in home birthing!! Trusting our bodies and divine orchestration. Choosing love over fear always! Rebirthing the planet. Creating Heaven on Earth with Sacred Birthing.
One thing that really gets to me is the depiction of childbirth in the media and therefore the general idea of what it’s like to give birth - this idea tends to involve screaming and swearing women with scared partners, doctors yelling “PUSH!” while mom is on her back and then babies being whisked away by nurses. But birth does not have to be a traumatizing event.
This birth video is so beautiful and the woman is so relaxed that I would never have guessed her to be in the final phase of birth, ready to push. The process was left entirely up to her body, she knew when to push, she was not lying on her back, and no doctors or nurses were hovering because she knew exactly what to do. And dad was right there involved like a pro, even having skin-to-skin and sharing an herbal bath with babe. All measurements were done right there with mom, baby was never whisked away, breastfeeding was initiated almost immediately. This. This is birth.
@sdupreebemis on IG: This is a really personal photo to share but in honor of Coraline turning 2 weeks today I wanted to share this super gorgeous photo @karsyndupree got of my husband @maxbemis holding me while laboring. Birth is physically and mentally exhausting for everyone involved not just the Mama and I couldn’t of done it without my family support team staying up all night with me to help me and be with me as we all worked together to bring Coraline into the world! #CoralineMaeBemis #HomeBirth
This photo is pretty dang beautiful so I wanted to share it. I love them
These aren’t trolled from deep down in a google search, but are rather images that show up in the first few rows of the first page during a really broad search. I tried to find parallel images at different stages of the birth process to highlight the differences without digging too deeply through the search.
I want to discuss few certain differences between hospital and home births for those who are on the fence about the care and procedures in one setting versus the other.
I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THIS ISN’T AN ANTI-HOSPITAL POSITION. I aim to be clear and direct about the differences and though there is inherent bias in my position, I am not aiming to scare you. I am just hoping to talk about certain areas that clients and friends ask me about all the time and to help prepare expectant parents for the realities of each scenario so they don’t feel blind sided by what happens at certain points along the way.
1) YOUR CARE PROVIDER IN A HOSPITAL WILL MOST LIKELY BE DRESSED LIKE THEY’RE CLEANING UP AT THREE MILE ISLAND. Birth is pretty messy, but it’s not an outtake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The plastic eye mask they wear for the 15 minutes they’re present at the base of the bed is slightly offensive to me. I attended a birth once where the doctor was annoyed she had to lower her mask in order for the mother to hear what she was saying. I hope you don’t hate the color blue if you’re delivering in a hospital because just before your baby is born, the whole room and half your person will be draped in sterile sheets and your OB (and maybe CNM) will be covered head to toe in blue coverings.
Some women will not mind this or even notice this at all. For me, it seems to be another area where we are stripping humanity and the sexuality of birth away to reveal an operative mode of birth. When a care provider is dismantling a bed and shining a bright medical light on your vagina, exposed only enough to catch and cut while stirrups, legs, the rest of the bed, and floor are covered entirely in “protective” sheets, it removes the doctor from the patient as well as mother from baby and ancient bodily wisdom from the process of birth. It becomes a theater with vagina as star instead of mother as a powerful actor in her own birth.
In most home births, midwives will wear gloves and that is all the protective barrier they will put up. They are wearing their normal clothes, their faces will be near yours, you will be naked or wearing your own clothing, and there are mostly towels and a few absorbent chuck pads down to catch blood, but not a full hazmat conversion of your home. You are also encouraged to “catch” your own baby, thus brining power back to you as the sole participant and care provider for yourself and your baby. You are then often the first person to touch your baby with your own naked hands as it enters the world.
What can you do about that if you are delivering in a hospital? You can try asking your care provider to not cover herself in delivery. You can ask if you can push in other positions so you are not made to throw your vagina in the air with your legs in stirrups. You can deliver with a Certified Nurse Midwife who does not follow standard medical protocol with drapery and such, if one exists in your hospital. You can ask to catch your own baby with hospital staff present for unforeseen circumstances.
2) NO MATTER HOW NATURAL BIRTH FRIENDLY YOUR HOSPITAL MAY BE, WHEN IT COMES TO PUSHING, YOU’RE GOING TO BE GIVEN FEW OPTIONS FOR POSITIONS. The second photo on the left is the most common positioning for crowning and delivery in a hospital birth. If you have an epidural, this will be your only option, since you will not have the capability of safely holding yourself in another position. If you have an unmedicated birth, requesting the ability to push in the position that is most comfortable to you will be an uphill battle. In my experience supporting women in natural birth in the hospital, regardless of their care provider, it’s almost always a loosing battle. “I just can’t assist you like that.” “I don’t do that.” “You have to deliver on your back, that’s how we do it.” “I’ve never delivered a baby like that, I’d rather you be on your back.” “I won’t deliver your baby unless you’re on your back.” “We can try collapsing the bed, but it works best if you put your legs up and hold your breath.” and so on.
I’ve heard all of those and more. I’ve had clients who’s doctors have “allowed” them to push for the first hour or so in another position, but once baby crowned, made them deliver on their backs or on their sides with one leg up. If mom was laboring really well in one place or one position, the nurses had her move to the bed in preparation for the doctor’s or nurse midwife’s late arrival to the scene and she was made to do the final bit of pushing on the bed in stirrups.
At home, you are pretty free to deliver where you feel best. There are a few exceptions—a bathtub that is very small, on the toilet (you’d be grateful for that later anyhow), in a room that is too cold, or outside if it is too cold. Most positions are fair game in homebirth, unless there is some indication that baby is not doing well in that position (likely the cord being compressed by pelvic bones).
What can you do about this if you’re delivering in the hospital? Make sure you talk to your care provider about what positions they feel comfortable “allowing” you to deliver in. If you are hoping for options, make this very very clear to them. Remember “we don’t allow that’ is not a valid statement. If your provider is insistent on lithotomy delivery even in unmedicated births, tell them you’d like to be their first catch in another position. There is no real medical necessity for delivering on your back with your legs up in the air and holding your breath, in fact the evidence suggests that it is a rather inappropriate position for delivery. If you are wanting a natural birth in the hospital, this is one of the many areas that might take some struggle to get everyone on board with your wishes. It is up to you to decide if that battle is worth the benefits of hospital delivery with no interventions.
3) NEWBORN PROCEDURES IN THE HOSPITAL ARE OFTEN PERFORMED WITH BABY SEPARATED FROM MOTHER. Despite the sweeping change in having mothers and babies skin to skin for the first moments of baby’s life, your baby will be separated from you sooner and for longer in a hospital setting than at home. Babies are usually transported to a warming tray, or sometimes out of the room and into the nursery soon after the delivery of the placenta and cutting of the cord. They are then examined for APGAR scores, sometimes bathed right away, wiped off, and swaddled, given a hat (now something of a controversy), poked for blood tests, and sometimes given the Hep B vaccine within the first few minutes of life.
If you want to see studies breaking down the results of separating mama from baby and for various standard newborn procedures, there is a wealth of that information out there. Everything from bonding to breastfeeding to bacteria colonization. It also can be traumatic for mama, no matter how tired she is from a long labor, to have her baby taken away soon after birth. We are designed to hold and protect our babies right away and having someone else sweep them off to care for them before the partner even gets the chance to hold them, or before mama has been able to feed, stroke, and speak to their babies can be detrimental to postpartum adjustments.
At home, newborn procedures are done usually longer after delivery than in the hosptial. Typically, the are done with baby still in mama’s arms or right on the bed next to mama and partner, as the bottom right picture depicts. There is no reason why this needs to be different in the hosptial, but it is not routine for care to be performed with mama s the primary witness or participant.
What can you do about this if you are delivering in the hospital? Once again, you need to discuss your options and wishes with your care provider well in advance. If she is not answering your questions directly or is giving you the standard “we don’t allow that,” insist on getting what you want. Again, there is no medical evidence to suggest that there is a benefit to having baby removed from you for checkups, in fact, as I stated before, the evidence suggests that it would be better for baby to be there in mama’s arms for all of this. A stubborn nurse does not trump your desires for a safe and satisfying experience with the baby you just pushed out.
With each major difference, it’s going to take a momentous cultural shift to get our hospital system in line with the safe and more comfortable standards in home birth while providing couples with the feeling of safety they long for in the hospital. You might have to demand to be treated better. Make sure to chose your care provider very carefully so you don’t have to fight for the things you feel committed to in your birth plan. You are entitled to deliver in the space you feel most comfortable in and don’t necessarily have to submit to the procedures therein that don’t fit with your vision of birth.
Three years ago today, my youngest daughter was born. While
the births of all three of my children were important days in my life, the
birth of our third child was the most memorable. There are two reasons for
She was our only child born at home (which we
The only people present for her birth were my
wife and me (which we did not plan)
This experience is really important to me, so I wanted to
share it here. But I’m also aware that not everyone is comfortable reading
about childbirth experiences (which I will describe in detail) so if you’re one
of those people, feel free to look at the adorable baby photo and then keep scrolling.
If you’re still interested in hearing the story, then read
on!! I’ll begin the tale with a game of Magic…
If I got pregnant and gave birth on the health plan I currently have, I would be paying $2,000 for the birth, along with $55 dollar co pays for doctor visits 1-2 times per month throughout the pregnancy. Of course, that is only if I have a non-high risk pregnancy. I don’t know how much a C-Section would add to that cost, but my deductible is $4,000 so I’m assuming my bill could be $4,000 at most if I gave birth in a hospital (and I really know next to nothing about this, so please correct me if I’m wrong).
How does this all work for birth centers or certified nurse midwives who oversee/deliver in people’s homes?
What kind of experience did you have, and how much did you pay for it? The cost of birth is not often a factor I feel like most people would even think of, but in the USA at least, it’s something we need to consider for planning (and remember, 50% of pregnancies are not the results of careful planning) when we should have children.
I can’t believe no one is talking about that Galra planet
You know, Zarkon’s HOME PLANET???!!
BIRTH PLACE OF THE BLACK LION???????
GUYS ARE WE TOO CAUGHT UP OH SHIPS AND STUFF TO TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS WAS PROBABLY THE PLACE WHERE THE GALRA EMPIRE AS WE KNOW IT WAS BORN????
AND THE FACT THAT IT’S NOW BLOWN TO FREAKING BITS???????
Idk guys, it seems like some pretty important backstory that maybe hopefully will be explained more in season 3 or something. Im not smart enough to think about these things too seriously beyond half baked theories, so someone smarter should come up with something.
I have a lot of feelings about this headcanon and I really need to
talk to you about this. Okay? Okay, good.
We all know that the metamorphmagus gene is in the Black
bloodline, right? I mean after all Tonks was a metamorphmagus and her
dad was a muggle, therefore she had to inherit the gene from
Andromeda, who’s a Black.
Now, what if DRACO had inherited the gene?
THERE IS A LONG ASS MOTHERFUCKING POST UDNERNEATH THE CUT.