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When Home Birth Doesn’t Work Out

Home births constitute about one percent of all deliveries in the US and a much higher percent in other parts of the world. That’s about 40,000 American babies born at home and doesn’t include mothers who planned on having a homebirth, but for one reason or another, ended up transferring to a hospital.  

Birth – Here and There

Reader emails from around the world, like the one copied below, provide an opportunity to contrast our experiences with pregnancy here in the United States with those of women from other cultures and parts of the world. This reader asked that I not use her name. She has lived in the US one year.  The subject line read:  Urgent advice needed.

Hi Jeanne,

Will You Skype, or FaceTime, Your Birth?

If a loved one can’t be there when you deliver your baby, consider using Skype or FaceTime so he or she can share in your birth experience. To make sure the process goes smoothly, keep these apps and their features in mind: 

Skype: You can download Skype to an iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, PC, Mac, Android or Kindle Fire HD. Both parties will need a mobile device or computer with an internal camera or a web camera hooked up for video to work both ways on Skype. 

My Birth Story

Well, as you may have seen from the announcement here, Tucker was born almost two weeks ago! The days since have passed in the expected blur, with my mother-in-law coming to cook and help out when we got home from the hospital, and then my mom coming out from Oregon this week. We are sleep deprived and in a bit of shock, I think, but elated.

I thought I’d share my birth story, in case anyone was interested.

Real Life Stories: Pregnancy Complications

Being pregnant can result in unexpected medical conditions. Here, three mothers share the emotional and physical hurdles they faced along the way.

Rachel's Story

“The idea of a C-section scared me because it is major surgery.”  Rachel Rosen, Tarzana,  Calif.

Tell Me A Story

When you’re a labor nurse, part of your job description both on and off duty is listening to “story time;” women’s recaps of how labor progressed and how their birth happened. Women must tell. It’s uncontrollable.

Real Life Stories: Single Moms

“I love being a mom. I feel like life is now complete.” Melisande Green, Los Angeles

At age 37, I found out I was expecting and I was thrilled. I had been separated previously from my husband; but at the time, we were back together. Once I knew I was pregnant, I began to feel as if I needed to watch out for my life in a bigger way. The same problems with my husband kept surfacing, so I filed for divorce when I was six weeks pregnant.

My Final Blog

This is my last Baby on Board blog. It’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed since I started writing it.  I’m no longer pregnant (phew) and it’s time to pass the torch to a new newly pregnant woman.

Just Push Play: Kreayshawn's Labor Playlist

From marathons to job interviews, you've used music to get pumped up before important events your whole life. Labor is no different.

“Music is super important—especially when you’re in a lot of pain,” says rapper Kreayshawn, mom of 6-month-old Desmond. “In the delivery room, music helped me keep my mind off of what was happening.” She shares the tunes that got her through labor day.

YouTube Birth Videos

You know your delivery probably won’t go down like it did in Knocked Up or on ER (let’s hope), but what labor and childbirth look like has remained mostly a mystery to modern women—until now.