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GIVING BIRTH
Why a home birth is not my first choice...
I am now 38 weeks pregnant, and I just visited the midwife at our Birth Centre last week to discuss my Birth Plan. I am in full-on preparing and nesting mode! And the top item on the list, is, of course, having the baby! The midwife said I was a good candidate for a home birth ...
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GIVING BIRTH
How Bram was born
Bram will be 11 weeks old tomorrow. He's doing so well -- he is so healthy and growing so beautifully, and he is as sweet and content as he was from the moment he was born. Bram was born at home on the 17th of March, very early in the morning. Unexpectedly, he didn't come early ...
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GIVING BIRTH
Giving birth naturally -- preparing for a natural (home?) birth
One week to go to my due date now...! As I said before in my post about packing my hospital bag, I'm not sure yet if I will stay home or go to the hospital for the birth. But in any case, I am preparing to give birth naturally for the fifth time! Following the ...
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GIVING BIRTH
The hospital bag | what essentials do you need to pack?
The last few weeks before giving birth is all about preparing for baby. I've been reading books and trying to practise my breathing for during delivery, and I have set up the little crib and changing table in our bedroom. Of course I've washed all those little baby clothes as well! Part of the fun, ...
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What to pack in your hospital bag
As I wrote last week, we are hoping to welcome our baby at home (there is a big inflatable birth pool in my bedroom as I write this! on the eve of my due date no less!), so I have not even packed a hospital bag. Everything we need for the birth and for the baby ...
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GIVING BIRTH
The Dutch (home) birth box
In light of Courtney's latest post and her plan for a beautiful home birth, I thought to tell you about something special we have here in the Netherlands: the 'birth box'. In our country, giving birth is considered a natural happening, not a medical one. Home births are still fairly common (around one in 8 women ...
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GIVING BIRTH
Would you let your children watch your birth?
I have always loved the idea of a homebirth -- the thought of staying in the comfort and cosiness of my own space, of lighting candles and playing music, of never having to leave my family, of snacking on food from my cupboards, and of crawling back into my own bed once the baby has ...
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