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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.

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.

Home, Sweet Home


As a labor and delivery nurse in Illinois, Courtney Gustin, 30, has helped bring many babies into the world. But during her pregnancy with her third child last year, she decided to give birth at home. “Working in the hospital, I saw so many things that were harmful to women and babies, including unnecessary labor inductions and Cesarean sections, as well as a lack of regard for women’s desire not to be separated from their babies after they are born,” Gustin says.

DIY Birth

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.

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.