"If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the begining of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation or love and trust."
Suzanne Arms

My Birth Stories

I have given birth to 7 babies, all completely naturally!  I planned homebirths with all of them.  My first was a homebirth transfer after 3 hours of pushing (due to complications that ventured outside of the midwife's comfort zone).  I then went on to have a healing home/waterbirth and then 4 family (unassisted) births (3 in the water, 1 on land).  My labors are not 'by the book', the last 4 flew in the face of what the books say labor should be (spaced out contractions the whole time).  My labors are not short (well most of them).  I have never pushed for less than an hour until my 7th baby . . . though some have been easier than others.  I am not perfect, I struggle with my doubts and fears and not being ready.  I rely heavily on God and my faith (in God, His design and birth).  I go into this in my stories . . . though my unassisted birth stories are much more detailed and the more I do it the more I want to write down all my thoughts and feelings so I can remember them and share them with others.

  1. Xian's Homebirth Transfer in 2000 (I am working on moving this and adding pictures and some thoughts from now, years later)
  2. Piper's Healing Waterbirth in 2002 (I am working on moving this and adding pictures)
  3. Arah's Unassisted Waterbirth in 2004 (don't have pictures from this birth, though if/when I find the birth video I may be able to pull off some stills)
  4. Ever's Unassisted Waterbirth in 2007 (includes video stills from the birth, and some info about delayed cord cutting)
  5. Thrace's Unassisted Birth in 2009 (includes video stills from the birth)
  6. Dagyn's Unassisted Waterbirth in 2011 (includes video stills from the birth)
  7. Illyria's Unassisted Waterbirth in 2012 (with link to a birth video)

Needless to say . . . I have been truly blessed!


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