Cesarean rates vary by hospital, and here I thought it was by risk.

By Bobjgalindo (Own work) GFDL

Don’t want an unnecessary c-section, but still plan to birth in a hospital? Then, you owe it to yourself to find out the cesarean section rate  at the hospital where you anticipate delivering your child. According to an article published in the medical journal Health Affairs this month, “vast differences in practice patterns are likely to be driving the costly overuse of cesarean delivery in many US hospitals.”

Among the Everything […]

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My epidural from the horrible birth of my son in 2001

Natural birth has been at the foundations of  Everything Birth from its conception. It began in 2001 as a small resource center offering natural birth classes and workshops.   Everything Birth’s owner, Crystal White, wrote, “My first child was born in 1997, and at the time I was still contemplating grad school and what direction my career should take. The more research I did on birth, intervention, and the unbelievably […]

Birth Perception.

When I tell my birth story to some people they just can’t believe that I carried twins for 37 weeks thinking there was only one baby in there.  They ask “weren’t you really big?”  No.  “Couldn’t you feel a lot of movement?” Kind of.  But I had nothing to relate it to.

I just think I had a very healthy outlook on my pregnancy.  What I did not know, only helped me.  I trusted that my body would tell me if something were wrong.  My midwives would pick up the signals of  anything going bad. […]

Do Your Research.

I am not a sheep.  I do not just do things because everyone else is doing it.  I guess that is why when I got pregnant I needed to know everything I could learn about what I was going to experience.  After scouring through book after book, I realized that my best chance at having an intervention free birth was going to be at my home or a birth center.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that my first birth did not wind up at home, but in […]

Change in Plans.

My birth plan was thrown out the window as soon as we were risked out of home birth at 39 weeks.  I thought we had everything in place.  Even though we found out we were having twins when I was 37 weeks, our midwife assisted  home water birth was still the plan.  Until……I just never went into labor and the second ultrasound revealed twin b was breech and cord wrapped.  At 39 weeks and no signs of labor plus a heatwave we were having, we needed to make some decisions.

We were offered two choices. […]

Everything Breech.

Part of the reason I was risked out of the homebirth of my first pregnancy was because one of my twins was breech and twisted in the umbilical cord.  When we went in to see the OB he told us that if I went home to wait for natural labor I would end up in the emergency room and I would get doctor du jour.  I would or would not be allowed to try a vaginal delivery with twin A, but twin B would […]