You can read part 1 here.
I spent the parts of the weekend that I wasn't texting my Hubbers to texting the 2 friends that had birthed with the midwife in this past year. I learned a LOT from them both and bit the bullet to set an appointment with the learned lady.
I will only call her Laura here, but she is a beautiful person. The idea you have in your head of a granny midwife - a little grey, rounded, loving spirit - that is Laura to the T. I get such a good, bubbly feeling inside my chest when she is around and the idea of birthing with her is so peaceful to me. She tells me the very same thing.
I've met with Laura twice now and simply adore her! She is very interested in proper nutrition to balance the body and mind. I had already begun to turn my own mind that way and everything she had to tell me fits right in with that mindset.
Muscle testing - have you heard of it? Also called Kinesilogy it is amazing and seems almost magical somehow. A good friend of mine is a practicioner of this science and I have benefited from it tremendously. If you're in my area and want the number, please contact me. Laura also does muscle testing and everything that she has told me through the testing as been backed up by my professional friend. I think I'm living healthier now than ever before!
As I said, I did a lot of reading about homebirth vs hospital birth and found out that homebirth is STUNNINGLY safer than hospital! You can read about the Homebirth Choice on Midwifery Today or just about any other website you might want.
In case of complications, the midwife is highly trained in bleeding, distress, and other common problems. Anything she can't handle and we are less than 20 minutes away from a hospital in either of two directions. Did you know that most hospitals are unable to call together a team for an emergency in less than 20 minutes? True and scary.
I will have a gentle birth at home with a birthing pool. It will be a swimming pool that I used just for that purpose rather than an expensive "professional" pool. Search Amazon.com for waterbirth I have complete faith in my body to birth easily and without problems.
Laura has brought me several good books to read, too. Here is a list of a few: Gentle Birth Choices, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Birth without Violence and a few for the kids: Baby, Come Out! and The Room In My Heart. I also plan on re-reading Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition and someone loaned me a copy of HypnoBirthing: A Celebration of Life.
For pregnancy I really like to read The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library), Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 6th Edition (Your Pregnancy Series), Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year, and The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised). Just to name a few. We love to read here. Early and often.
My supplements are coming from Nature's Sunshine other than the Mona Vie I live on. For the items I can't wait for, including healthy living products like the Black Strap molasses for added iron and Cayenne Tincture, I like Wealth of Health in Idaho Falls.
I can't wait to share some of the recipes Laura has given me for added nutrition and healthy! I have neglected my blog for so long due to the kids going back to homeschool. I've just been plain busy! But here is my pledge: I will post more often with awesome news and events. Meanwhile, enjoy this cartoon: