Category Archives: Homebirth

I feel like this is a topic I revisit often in my own life, but hope that this will be of benefit to other birth attendants and families trying to understand the cost and value of their services. I'll use my own package as an example of what is offered, and why care costs what

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It seems like the intense focus we at Indie Birth have had on education has started to pay off in a lot of ways locally and in far off lands. Lots of women are more knowledgeable and more confident about birth. Some of them are doing their own prenatal care in lots of different ways.

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My “due date” was on a Saturday. As it approached I noticed an uptick in my braxton hicks contractions. I had been experiencing prodromal (pre-labor) for about 3 weeks until this point. I would have actual labor type contractions that wrapped around my back and squeezed my body and would come at 3-5 minute intervals

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I write, speak, think and dream of birth regularly; this pregnancy was no exception to the documentation that I kept about myself, my journey and this wild one.  Re-reading my pregnancy journal, I looked forward to her birth, reminding myself how “raw” I knew it would be.  I also wrote what’s below at 37 weeks,

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Birth photography is booming, and we are seeing more and more birth photos of all varieties circulating online. Jenni Goldman, an incredibly talented photographer and Indie Birth Trustee, has come along to some Indie Births, and her photos are truly awe inspiring. They have created dialogue and discussion, and have served as educational tools for

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What does a midwife do? What is the role of a midwife within the vision I hold of healthy, vibrant, empowered communities? I’ve been trying to answer this question succinctly and clearly in my brain for a few weeks now, as I feel myself getting pulled into discussions (and sometimes arguments) over the topic more

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Today I want to tell you the story of a woman named Kate. Kate's story, unfortunately, is not unlike the stories of millions of women all across the country. Kate was interested in a home birth, and was investigating her options for having her first baby at home. But without a solid understanding of the

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Indie Birth: A birth experience arising from decisions made in alignment with your individual truth. Making and owning your birth decisions based on your own unique needs, desire and intuition. Not subject to anyone else's authority. Autonomous; free. You know you've thought about it. Whether it's firing your current care provider, finding another or just

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It was one of those days when I was feeling disillusioned with birth in the "system"-it happens, and as a midwife I deal with it more than I want to. So, yes, it was one of those days when I met her. Sitting across the table from one another, just having met, and an instant

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Normal. What does that mean anymore? normal (nôrˈməl) adj. Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical: normal room temperature; one's normal weight; normal diplomatic relations. adj. Biology Functioning or occurring in a natural way; lacking observable abnormalities or deficiencies. (http://www.wordnik.com/words/normal) The status quo-AND/OR-"biology functioning in a natural way".

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