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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Modern Day Red Tent – Home Birth Story by TJ

As you can imagine I am surrounded by births and hearing birth stories on a weekly basis.  I thought I should start sharing these amazing and inspiring stories here on my blog as sort of a modern day times, Red Tent.  These stories are meant to inspire, motivate, and educate.  Look for the pearl in every story no matter the outcome.  If you have a story you would like to share please send me a personal email: with the subject like “Modern Day Red Tent Birth Story”.

Let’s start this series with TJ’s Birth Story.  This is the birth of her second baby who also was born at home.  I was her doula for the first birth and because she moved away I was not there for baby number 2 although by the sound of her story, her midwife barely got there on time!  And the story begins…



I had my second baby (another girl – her name is Eloise but we call her Louie) about a year ago. I did have another home birth but couldn’t use MaryLou because we were just too far away. I used Sue Wolcott – a midwife in Glendale.

The birth was so quick; the midwife almost didn’t get here in time! ?My water broke in the early morning hours after I went to the bathroom but I just went back to bed since there were no contractions . Contractions were very mild throughout the day so we just went about our business. I even made my husband, Tyler, go to work because I felt just fine. I did drive with him though so that I would be near him in case things started up more actively.

I hung out in […]

Serenity Birth Story – “No Place Like Home Birth” by TJ

By |April 24th, 2013|Homebirth/Midwives|Comments Off on Serenity Birth Story – “No Place Like Home Birth” by TJ

Top 10 Most Important Things to Pack in Your Labor Bag

If you are pregnant and wondering what to bring to the hospital or Birth Center for your upcoming labor & delivery, chances are you have already come across those long lists of what to pack. Sure, the essentials are obvious such as your toiletries, change of clothes, a coming home outfit for the baby…your husband and Birth Partner, duh of course! But, what about a SHORT list of the absolutely most essential things to bring with you that will make a big difference?  I give you a short list of the top 10 most important things to pack in your hospital bag but often get overlooked, so if you are within 4 weeks of your due start packing your bag now.

 Birth Preferences List (Birth Plan) – This is your communications tool about what you prefer for your birth.  Your Birth Plan should be no more than 2 pages long, easy to read, and also include your preferences for baby care (i.e. do you want certain injections, eye ointment?).  Bring three copies with you, which ideally have been signed and agreed by your doctor.  A sample Birth Plan is provided in Posh Push.
 Birth Ball (to aid with labor support) – These are very large rubber balls used for exercise and Pilates. Recommended size for labor is 65 cm.  You want your hips to be above the level of your knees when you sit on it.  You can find an exercise ball at any Sporting Goods store or shop like Target. Please don’t go in asking for a “birth ball” because they will look at you cross-eyed .  Bring this ball with you to the hospital already pumped up and ready to go.

Wear Your Own Labor Gown […]

By |April 9th, 2013|Birth Rights, General Topics, Labor Tools|Comments Off on Top 10 Most Important Things to Pack in Your Labor Bag