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Let me ask you a question. Is there any purpose to labor pain or is it just the “curse of Eve?”  Could it be that one of the reasons why most women find labor so dang painful is because it forces us to trust others to help us?  

Jack's Birth Story, Part II

(Contined from Part I...)

Jack's Birth Story, Part I

Labor begins
Finally, three weeks later, here it is: our labor and delivery story (broken up into two parts since it’s a bit long, and I know as a reader that I’d want to hear all the details):

Home Sweet Home Birth

Last week, my niece was born. She was born at home, in a birthing tub, surrounded by midwives, doulas and family. When we heard she was here we were quiet more than jubilant. Somehow, knowing our niece had been born, and knowing--as we now know--what childbirth and childrearing entail, we weren’t in cigar-smoking, champagne-popping mode. Happy, yes. Delighted to have a new niece, relieved and happy and proud to know the home birth had gone well. And….pensive.

Study: Planned Home Births OK

New research suggests that home births with the help of a registered midwife are as safe as deliveries in hospitals, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Clashing Over Home Births

Eager to avoid medical interventions such as an induction or a Cesarean section, more women are choosing to give birth at home, often with the help of a midwife. Champions of the practice—including actress Ricki Lake, who documented her own home birth in the 2008 film The Business of Being Born—argue that for many healthy women at low risk for delivery complications, it’s a smart choice.

Ricki Lake Interview

Former TV host Ricki Lake’s older son, Milo, was born 12 years ago in a New York City hospital. “After so many months of preparation . . . I was never in control. I had wanted to feel everything, but all I remembered of labor was fear and panic,” she writes in the preface to Your Best Birth. Shortly thereafter, Lake became a self-described birth junkie; and five years later her second son, Owen, was delivered at home, in water, by a midwife. “I chose to go against much of the advice given to me and did what I wanted, and it turned out even better than I expected,” she writes.

Home Birth

I recently watched clips from a show called “The Doctors”  where four physicians discuss health-related current events. Ricki Lake, talk show host and co-author of Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience,  was a guest panelist.  The topic was home birth.  The show’s OB/GYN, Dr. Lisa Masterson, MD, works at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and trained at USC Medical Center.  Hey, that’s where I went to nursing school.  She says she’s seen thousands of births. Me, too!  Dr.

Home Births


There are a few issues I'd like to address here. First off, any doctor who laughs at you should be fired. Period. Now for the next issue: Yes, home birth can be a safe experience as long as you meet certain criteria: You must be in good health and carrying only one baby, with that baby in the vertex (head-down) position; you must have had no previous uterine surgery, such as a Cesarean section; and you must be ready to be an active partner in your labor experience.

Renewed Interest in Home Births

A majority of people in the U.S. think "hospital" when talking about giving birth to a baby. However, home births are gaining in popularity, even in cramped Manhattan, The New York Times reports. A growing number of moms-to-be without medical problems have been choosing to stay in their familiar surroundings of home with the goal of giving birth without any medical interventions (but with a certified nurse midwife on hand for assistance, of course).