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6 Things to Do if You Have an Unplanned Home Birth

We’ve all heard stories about the baby born in the car, on the way to the hospital or born unassisted (unintentionally) at home.  We call it precipitous labor (a labor length of under three hours). While the intention of these couples  was to give birth in a hospital facility or planned home birth, the fact of the matter is that birth happens! I once heard Ina May Gaskin say at a birth conference, “Birth was made to work in case nobody is there.”

Although precipitous labors occur more frequently with subsequent births, the overall percentage of this happening to you is very LOW so no need to rush to the hospital at the sign of your first contraction.  Here are a few statistics I found from the CDC 2004 report. The overall percentage of labors, which were deemed Precipitous:

<3 hr: 2% overall

  .7% chance for first-time moms (primips)  to

  5% chance for 8th-time moms (multips)

In discussing this topic with my midwife friends, Ashley Guntkowsi, CNM and licensed midwife Amy Tinney here are the top six things to do in the rare case that a fast birth should happen to you.  I call it the 6 C’s:

1)  Calm yourself, breathe and stay put.  Don’t freak out, no need to ‘boil the water’.  Stay calm and take a few deep breaths.  Remind yourself your body was made to give birth.

2)  Call 9-1-1 for emergency paramedics or call your midwife if you had planned on a home birth. I personally do not recommend getting into the car to drive to the hospital under these circumstances.  It is wiser to stay put and let the professionals come to you rather than risk giving birth in transit.

3)  Catch the baby.  Lower […]

Posh Push: Modern Girls Reveal Secrets for a More Natural Birth

NEW BOOK – POSH PUSH: MODERN GIRLS REVEAL SECRETS
FOR A MORE NATURAL BIRTH – NOW AVAILABLE
Must-read Guide That Reveals How Labor Can Be Faster, Easier and Even Luxurious
LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 05, 2012 – Women everywhere have questions about childbirth.  “Am I prepared to have an enjoyable, comfortable childbirth?   Could I have a natural birth experience without drugs?” Now these women can find all the answers, secrets and more in the new book, Posh Push: Modern Women Reveal Secrets for a More Natural Birth, now available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LQS32G.

This fabulous new book offers support and helps build confidence in modern women who strive to have a more natural childbirth. The book is packed full of insider tips, gems of wisdom, and stories from modern mothers and birth experts to help women achieve a more natural labor, with ease and comfort.  Posh Push celebrates a more natural childbirth as beautiful, attainable and for every woman that wants it.  This essential guide will prepare women in mind and body to optimize their pregnancy and birth environment.

Natural childbirth is an increasingly popular trend.  We see many celebrities choosing to have natural childbirths and sharing their stories in the media.  Now, chic, modern moms everywhere like Alison, Johanna and Tiffany, featured in Posh Push, are sharing their revealing birth stories in rich detail and answering “Why would anyone want a natural childbirth?”

Written in a fun, informative format, the authors ask, “Where are all the worldly stiletto wearing women who want to birth their babies naturally?” Co-authors, Patricia Grube and Sara Smildzins found them and the stories these women share exclusively in Posh Push will have pregnant women everywhere saying, “I want that too!”  For women that are […]

By |October 7th, 2012|Birth Rights, Doulas, General Topics, Homebirth/Midwives, Labor Tools, Yoga|Comments Off on Posh Push: Modern Girls Reveal Secrets for a More Natural Birth

A Push Towards Midwifery!

As I reflect in the Year 2010 and look back at the births I have attended up to this point, I am left with very conflicted feelings about the way women are and should be treated during their pregnancy and the time at birth. And when I think about the births where women have had the MOST satisfying and rewarding experience at birth, I notice one common element. They had  a midwife delivery their babies. I am definitely an advocate for considering your options to hire a midwife, be it home-birth or in-hospital care.  I wish more and more women were exposed to this option for their care (of course, if they have a low-risk pregnancy).

So what would I like to see for my case load of clients and the country at large in the Year 2011? I would love to see more women “break-up” with their doctors and hire midwives!

I actually just created a new website just for home-birth mamas.  It is called www.southbayhomebirth.com.  In the New Year I will populate this site with loads of information for home-birth mamas from appropriate childbirth classes to take that apply specifically for home-birth to learning more about the benefits of water-birth.

I will list my services as a birth doula. Many think that because they have a midwife they will not need a doula.  Wrong!  The doula and midwife serve two completely different roles and in most cases the midwife does not arrive to the birth until the labor has advanced well into Active Phase. In the meantime what do you? You call your doula to provide emotional and physical support during labor. Consider your – doula as your “epidural” at home! The truth is that when you are alone and scared the likelihood that you can get into the […]

By |December 19th, 2010|Homebirth/Midwives|Comments Off on A Push Towards Midwifery!