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Mar. 20th, 2010 @ 02:20 pm
Here's the birth story, with pics!

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Birth Announcement Mar. 15th, 2010 @ 12:20 pm
Sage Renee was born this morning at 2:41AM. She weighs 9lbs 14oz, and was born after about 2 hours of active labor. Another successful unassisted home water birth! Though I almost didn't make it to the pool!!! Huge baby = sore mama, so you won't see me around for a couple of days.

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"Birth Emergency Skills Training" book Feb. 14th, 2010 @ 08:35 pm
Hi folks!

Just wondered if anyone has seen this new book yet: "Birth Emergency Skills Training" by Bonnie Gruenberg.

I have met Bonnie -- she was my absolute favorite CNM where I went for my prenatals. She seemed like an amazing person, and I totally would have had her as a home birth midwife were she allowed to do such things. (Lucky for me, she wasn't -- and so I found you guys!)

Anyway, I know she's been a midwife for a while, including training with some Amish communities. I have no idea how "anti-UC" she might be, but the information could be great. I will pick one up when we have the extra cash, but I thought you all should know about it; maybe a few of us will do book reports?

Take care!

Jan. 19th, 2010 @ 05:34 pm
I feel so ridiculous. I'm acting like an inexperienced birther rather than one having her 5th! I'm cranky and whining and I have 9 weeks left (or more) and every BH brings thoughts about pre-term labor or having the baby early.

I know better. Why am I doing this to myself?

I am so looking forward to another UC, and I don't get why these silly thoughts fester...

I'm not really worried, nor does my intuition tell me anything is going to be out of the ordinary this time. Just crazy thoughts in my head, I guess.

has trust birth touched you? giving back Jan. 19th, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
If you have been touched by the "Trust Birth" movement
If you or a midwife or doula friend has studied at AAMI school

Please take a moment today to give back.

Carla Hartley is founder of AAMI and trust birth. Very UC supportive. Her husband Ray is experiencing cancer and his medical prognosis is very grim. He is hospitalized and undergoing allopathic treatment, not expected (by his doctors) to live. Please take a moment to send prayers and vibrations of healing and light to surround Ray and her family at this time and help them on their paths.

Another blogger is auctioning crafty items and sending the proceeds to the family, donate an item or bid on one: http://encaul.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html#2494237983852336127

Register for the trust birth conference in March 2010 here: http://www.trustbirthconference.com/

A growing number are having babies at home without medical help Dec. 6th, 2009 @ 04:53 am
I was recently interviewed for this article. Unassisted birth hits the news (and Dr's are crying DANGER!) again! :)

It's so nice to see this community still so active. It's so wonderful to see familiar "faces", new "faces" and more babies. ((hugs)))


Nov. 13th, 2009 @ 06:32 pm
In a last minute attempt to make my booth at a fair tomorrow a little more interesting I've decided to have a slideshow of pictures going on my computer. If anyone has some birth pictures I could pick and choose from that would be amazing! I would LOVE some waterbirth pictures but anything will do!

Andrea Salcedo

You can also email me pictures if you don't have them posted anywhere


Random Thoughts Nov. 6th, 2009 @ 06:03 pm
I can't believe I am already 20 weeks. I have been looking back and reminiscing on my previous pregnancies and births. I don't have a great track record with "knowing" if baby is a girl or boy, but I feel boy this time. I was absolutely certain with my last pregnancy, this is more a general guess.

I have had a really hard time connecting with the baby up till now. I feel much better with the increased movement and pushing myself to try to mentally/spiritually connect as often as possible. My days are filled with caring for my 3 other children, and trying to hold down the fort for dh.

I also have had some doubts and negative thoughts about outcome. I don't know why I feel so negative sometimes. I had fears/qualms with #3 and he was face/brow, so it could be intuitive, but it doesn't feel like it. It just feels like random "what-if?" junk.

I really can't wait to experience labor and birth again, and I look forward to a new person in our lives. I'm starting to feel that the stress and strain in dh and my relationship may be the cause of the negativity. He has been going through some kind of depression/mid-life crisis, and is more needy than the kids when he is home. Frustrating for me, though I want to be supportive and understanding. We were trying for this baby when he started getting "weird" and then it was too late when I realised how depressed he was. So I started this pregnancy out with some reservation...

x-posted in my journal
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Unassisted surrogacy UP/UC Nov. 6th, 2009 @ 01:02 pm
I have been reading through the archives the last 24 hours, and I just realised I never posted the birth story after my surrogacy. I created a seperate journal for this special journey.

I am just giving a link, since we did decide to encourage labor to happen faster, and we did have a bit of midwife intervention.

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Help? Oct. 6th, 2009 @ 02:46 pm
Hi all,
I am making a birthday present for Gloria Lemay (if you are a birthy type and don't know her you should!!) http://www.glorialemay.com/, and am hoping you will all help me, I need a list of words describing Homebirth/ natural birth, single words and two word phrases.

I have started a list off of the top of my head, but need many many more. Since I have not been blessed with a homebirth of my own ( but if I was to ever be gifted with another child, I wouldn't do it any other way!!) I am sure there are words I won't even think of.

I will include words from other languages, and would love to, if you submit those please make sure to spell them properly with proper punctuation, and translate for me! ( include what language it is in too please!)

Please forward this to anyone!! ( I really mean anyone! - if you are on lists, forums, blogging circles, anything! ) you know who might have suggestions, I will weed out duplicates, and start the project tomorrow. ( I know short notice huh?!!) - The idea came to me in a dream last night, and I really want to make it happen.

My email is sunlitmists@gmail.com or simply send it to me through facebook or LJ

If I can get the list, this will be a beautiful token of all of our love and admiration for this amazing woman. Please help me. Even if all you can come up with is 10 words, you may have some no one else has come up with, and your voice will be included in this message.

(if you want your name added to the birthday wishes, please include how you would like to me noted, via screenname, real name, initials, ... )

Thank you,

Blessings to all,


please excuse the cross posting everyone, I am desperately trying to do this on a time crunch.
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