Heidi - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
I wanted to start up introductions. I am Heidi. I have 6 children with ages ranging from 2-24 years old. I have one who has graduated college and is looking for a job-bad time for that, another who is in college. I am homeschooling my 16 year old, 8 year old, and 4 year old. My 2 year old just benefits by us all being close.
My birth experiences have varied. I had my first baby via c-section. My second was born using a doula and doctor and after 18 hours of labor ,in hospital setting, Jeremy was born vaginally with no medication. I was just so afraid of having another c-section I was willing to do anything to have a vaginal birth and what a great thing that was. IT HURT, but the recovery was unbelieveable. I was up and about and ready to go the next hour after birth- nothing like a c-section. I planned a home birth the next time, but moved to Florida where they wouldn't do a v-bac at home. I got a midwife and delivered in the hospital. It was a great birth only about 3 hours of labor. The next two were with a midwife-I found the best kind of care giver-in a hospital. I had longed for a home birth and on my sixth birth I did it! It was unbelieveable. I couldn't believe how uneventful a birth could be. I was used to having tables taken apart, nurses walking in, bright lights, doctors walking in, and other people controlling what happened around me. This was very different. I went into labor continued my day as usual, started to scrapbook, pick music for when labor was more intense, I filled the tub for a possible water birth, had lunch and just hung out. 2 hours after the midwife arrived, Helenna was born in my bed and that was it. It wasn't messy at all- I thought it would be. I got up about an hour later showered and cuddled in bed with my new baby for the next 2 years. Ha ha ha.
I hope to hear some of your birthing stories and about your families.