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Monday, October 26, 2009

Empowering home birth

"Home birth is very empowering. I did something joyfully that most women dread. They don't believe me when I say I'd rather give birth than see the dentist. With each birth, as I took more control and made the decisions, I grew up. I can make hard decisions and I can do hard things. It's probably the best therapy I ever had because it came from within and helped me realize who I am"

This was from a woman who wrote her experience to a group I am a part of.

4 comments:

kamille said...

hey it's kami from the grandview ward (kami larsen). i am actually contemplating home birth right now with this 2nd baby. i am going to switch over to a midwife and most likely birth at home (i am still coming to a final decision but so far feel really good about it). i think it is true that birth can be a really empowering experience and that is what makes me most excited about having this baby!

Rachel said...

Hey Kami...that's cool. I think you can find empowerment in any birth. But, home births are unique in that usually midwifes understand that this is something that is important to some women and try to facilitate that. I had my first two in Tucson at the freestanding birth center there and loved it.

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Rachel said...

123 123 Sorry, I felt like I had to delete your blog because of an inappropriate link. If you would like to resend your post without that link, I would be happy to post it.

Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?


  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.