The Voice of a Homebirth Mother – One.

Via on Jan 25, 2011

Homebirth Interview & Video with Kailah, a homebirth mother.

Interview

1) Was this your first homebirth?

Yes. Although this was my third birth it was my first homebirth. With my first, I ended up with an emergency c-section due fetal distress from a failed induction that was started due to no amniotic fluid which was discovered at my 41 week BioPhysical Profile due to a placental infection. Six months later I was pregnant again and went on to have a hospital VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.) With our third, we chose to birth at home!

2) Why did you choose to birth your baby at home?

Although our hospital VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) was fine, I knew there had to be a better way out there. Someplace I felt completely comfortable, could be in water, and didn’t have tubes and wires hooked up to me. We’d looked into homebirth with our second, but the $300 copay was too good to pass up at the time. With our third, we decided it was VERY much worth saving up for a homebirth.

3) Were you ever scared? If yes, what did you do to reduce your fears? If no, how did you arrive at this fearless place?

Not of birthing at home. We chose a midwife we trusted very much. We discussed early on what we would do in emergencies.

4) Were the people around you scared? What did you do to reduce their fears?

My mom was. She never became fully comfortable with the idea although she did accept it. I gave her the facts about homebirth vs hospital birth and what finally got her to accept the homebirth was realizing that VBAC’s (vaginal birth after cesarean) have changed a lot since she had her children 20 years ago. I showed her how we didn’t make the decision on a whim and she respected that.

5) For women considering homebirth, what advice or words of wisdom can you offer?

Trust your instincts. Put together a great birth team of people you really trust and can lean on. Doulas are great not just for labor but for the days and weeks leading up to labor. A big reason to homebirth is not for the birth itself, but the postpartum. Being at home instead of in a hospital those first few days is HUGE.

Video

This video shows Kailah giving birth to her baby at home. Please note that Kailah has graciously opened her heart and voice to share with you in order to create understanding and awareness of homebirth. You may leave a comment below that honors Kailah and her family as well as the gift she has given to all of us to witness her beautiful experience.

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Would you like to help normalize homebirth?

The Normalizing Homebirth Project Inc has been formed in order to meet the needs of women who are choosing to birth at home and/or would like to birth at home. Our mission is to support families with one-to-one mentoring, homebirth circles for social and emotional support as well as need-based financial assistance for families who need it. Join today! It is only together, uniting our voice and hearts, that positive change can be made so that all choices in childbirth are honored and supported.

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About Helene Rose

Helene Rose, MS, is passionate about supporting women to live brilliant lives and founded Be Brilliant Network LLC to serve as a portal for women to step into their radiance. Her life experience provides her with a deeply compassionate perspective and understanding of the modern woman’s struggle for mindful living and feminine empowerment. She lives in Boulder, CO with her family. Read more about Helene >>> HERE.

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11 Responses to “The Voice of a Homebirth Mother – One.”

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing Helene! You are definitely brave and provide some really GREAT advice. I love that you've included the video – really magical. Thanks so much. Much love and blessings to you and yours.

  2. Cassie says:

    Thank you for Sharing your lovely homebirth. Congrats to your beautiful family.

  3. Maya says:

    That's amazing to see the baby's face in the mirror at the bottom of the pool as he is coming out. Wow!

  4. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing Kailah!

  5. Sarah says:

    Kailah, thank you so much for sharing your birth story and video. What a priviledge it is to see this. I am always fascinated to see the different ways that women deal with the intensity of birth. My 3-1/2 YO watched your video with me. We got a chance to talk about the different sounds mommies make when they are pushing their babies out and how wonderful it is to have your baby at home. Thank you for opening that dialogue! God bless you and your little ones.

  6. Samantha says:

    Beautiful! The sounds of those first cries ALWAYS makes me cry too! Such a sweet blessing!..you looked fabulous too! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Beautiful post, thanks for sharing your experience.

  8. Hi Kailah, thank you for sharing :-) We live in Cornwall in the UK. My husband is American and I am English. America and the UK seem to have such a different view/approach to child birth which we always find so fascinating.

    My first two daughters were born in hospital with doctors and midwives present, which both times, felt very chaotic! My third daughter was born in a 'Birth Unit' run by midwives and the whole experience was very relaxed, one midwife and my husband, no chaos, and I gave birth on a beanbag which was actually very comfortable!

    When I found out I was expecting daughter No 4 the midwife's first suggestion was to have her at home as though that would be the most normal thing to do. So that's what we did and it was fantastic! She arrived through the night and my other 3 daughters awoke to the cries of their new little sister. My husband even cooked the two midwifes pancakes for breakfast before they headed home!

    I realise there are cost implications involved in the US that do not apply here in the UK, but I urge anyone who is considering a home birth to go for it! :-)

    Namaste :-)

  9. *K* says:

    love this!!!!

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