Off the Line
Sweet Homebirth (Video)
Midwives have existed since the
beginning of humanity. Why, then, is it so difficult to find a midwife in America?
What events occured between the mid 1800's until the present day which nearly made
midwifery extinct in America? And why are more families now looking into homebirth as a
refuge from hospital care?
Home Sweet Homebirth
provides the answers. Interviews with noted doctors, historians and midwives. Very
interesting and informative video.
I Wish They Were All Like This
by Sandi Blankenship
The Mom was 20, smoked 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day, a few joints per week,
and had a soda pop and potato chip diet. She was 90 lbs. soaking
wet on the first visit, afraid she was going to get fat during the pregnancy.
Made an appointment for her for the very next day to come back when I could
spend tons of time with her, and did some serious health/diet counseling with
her, her spouse and her mom who all live together. Counseling continued throughout
the pregnancy, this little girl got off the cigs and the pot immediately and
followed my diet sheets to a tee. Gained 45 beautiful pounds during the
pregnancy . . . positively glowed.
She called early this morning, with contractions lasting a minute. Told her to
come on in. They met me at the center at 130 a.m; she was 100%, 5cms.dilated.
She was 42 weeks gestation. Got her to walk around for a bit.
At 1:50 a.m.her membranes ruptured with clear fluids. The look on her face was
priceless She threw up, heart tones were good at 144. And she grunted!
Sure enough, 9 cm with just a teeny lip. Put her on her left side. She started
pushing at 2:05 a.m., and had a gorgeous baby boy at 2:55 a.m.
Baby weighed 7lb. 8oz; placenta was gorgeous, no calcification, fatty deposits,
I sure wish they were all like this.
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