My Home Birth Emergency Transfer Plan Template and Transfer Bag

My Home Birth Emergency Transfer Plan Template and Transfer Bag

There is something almost taboo about emergency birth plans or packing a simple transfer bag among many homebirthers. Oftentimes people cite a fear that if they "plan" for an emergency it is more likely to happen. I don't mentally find preparing for an emergency any different than wearing a seat belt when I am in [...]

Returning to Normal Routines Postpartum

Returning to Normal Routines Postpartum

I feel like i have gone through the same few waves of recovery after each full-term birth, that eventually culminates in us finally returning to more normal routines postpartum. Here is what that has generally looked like for me, personally. I will come and update this after this next baby when things are fresher in [...]

Comparing My Home Birth and Birth Center Experiences

Comparing My Home Birth and Birth Center Experiences

+J.M.J.+ Now that I have experienced both home birth and birth center birth since Felicity's arrival, (you can read her birth story here,) I wanted to write up a comparison of both experiences in case it might help other mamas who are debating between the two models of care. My experiences are just that, only [...]

Felicity’s Birth Story {Natural Birth at Free-standing Birth Center}

Felicity’s Birth Story {Natural Birth at Free-standing Birth Center}

+J.M.J.+Felicity Agnes' birth was by far my hardest birth, and was in several ways very different from my other labors. (You can read Philomena's birth story here, and Zelie's here if you want to know what theirs were like before starting on Felicity's). Felicity's birth was my first non-home birth. We've moved to a state [...]

What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

What I Pack in My Birth Center Bag

+J.M.J.+ My first two births were wonderful homebirths in Ohio, and I had a super basic emergency bag packed for them in case we had needed to transfer during or after them. Due to a relocation to a state with non-evidence based birthing laws, we are going to be using a free-standing birth center for [...]