The Birth Pro

Practical Wisdom for Today's Growing Family

August 30, 2014
by naomi
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I dreamed that House was my doctor! How safe do YOU feel with your care provider?

HOUSELast night I had the most horrible dream. I was pregnant again, which was a good thing, but my doctor was HOUSE. That’s right, from the TV show. In the dream, I had to go to the hospital since we had suspected that something was wrong with the baby but in treating me he refused to talk with me about what he was doing and why. I was an anxious and on high alert. He even INJECTED something into my foot and then refused to tell me what it was! Or even what it was for! I wasn’t really in a good, hard labor yet, probably from all the stress of the situation. So it was me and the infamous Dr. House and I was all kinds of up in his face about what he was doing to me and why.

It was epic. Continue Reading →

August 11, 2014
by naomi
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Goodbye Too Soon, Sweet Angel

goodbyesIt has been less than a week since I’ve learned that our sweet little child will not be joining us Earthside. Last Tuesday we went in, all kinds of excited and hopeful, for our mid-pregnancy ultrasound. I was approaching 22 weeks and it didn’t occur to me that there would be any reason for concern at this stage. We have three boys and were very excited to learn if this new little one was another incredible boy or finally a girl. What we found instead was no heartbeat. Continue Reading →

November 18, 2013
by naomi
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How and Why to Make a Birth Plan

makingplansOne of the steps along the way to preparing for your baby’s arrival is a birth plan. There are many different ways and styles to creating a birth plan. You will likely want to put something together that best reflects your desires and that is authentic to your style. Some choose to not have a formal birth plan at all and others prefer to have a very detailed list of instructions for anyone attending them in labor. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches.  Continue Reading →

January 29, 2012
by naomi
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Naomi’s Peaceful, Unassisted Birth at 43 weeks and 4 Days

I just gave birth to my third child after being pregnant for 9 months and a YEAR… well, figuratively. Anyone who has gone past their due date knows just what I’m talking about — that time after 40 weeks can feel like an entire year.

43 Weeks Pregnant

43 Weeks Pregnant

When I was expecting my first, I just knew I was going to go “late” and was oddly very patient about that up until the last few days of my pregnancy when the typical “I don’t want to be pregnant anymore!” and “I am going to be the FIRST woman to be pregnant forever!” rants and sobs ensued. That pregnancy went to 42 weeks and 2 days, and it was no surprise when my pregnancy with my second son went to 42 weeks and 3 days. Naturally, this time we counted on going until at least 42 weeks.  Continue Reading →

August 5, 2011
by naomi
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What to Pack in Your Birth Bag

What to Pack in Your Birth Bag

childbirth_classYou’re getting closer to the end of your pregnancy, and you’ve likely been making a mental list of everything from music to lip balm you want to be sure to have with you during labor. We have put together a very rigorous list compiled from some of the best minds of those who support and routinely attend women in labor and we have come up with this list of what to pack for going to the hospital or birthing center:  Continue Reading →

August 10, 2010
by naomi
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My Waterbirth at Home with my Sweet little Superman at 42 weeks and 3 days

32 Weeks Pregnant

32 Weeks Pregnant

When I was expecting my second son I knew I wanted a home birth. I had no idea what I was in for, though. My first birth came with 29 hours of unmedicated labor, 12 of which were at the hospital, and it was hard and completely exhausting. But totally worth it. Between baby one and two I had 5 and a half years and attended about 50 births. I also had the invaluable insight of teaching hundreds of couples through classes and seminars. This gave me an entirely deeper perspective on how to work WITH your body to have a smoother and easier labor and birth.  Continue Reading →