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 [...]

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

How I Prepare for Natural Childbirth {And Why it Matters to Me}

+J.M.J.+ I have had two completely natural childbirths, and am preparing for my third soon. (You can read my home birth stories here.) I'm going to share everything I do to prepare for birth, and at the end a list of why birthing naturally is a priority for me in the first place. Prepare Mentally [...]

Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

Why I Am Sharing Only “Natural” Birth Stories

+J.M.J.+ There isn't a concrete definition of a natural mother. This is something I talked about in this post here when I was worrying about being good enough for the title of this blog. To some people I'm super natural and to others I miss the mark. But if we look at the actual definition [...]

“Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

“Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

+J.M.J.+ I've read more books on birth than any other topic other than Catholicism, probably having gone through at least twenty volumes on it so far, not including countless of birth stories I've read online. Truly, there is something about the miracle of pregnancy and birth that never gets old for me. Disclosure: We are [...]

New Parents: Research What Matters

New Parents: Research What Matters

+J.M.J.+ This week my mother-in-law sent me a tragic news story about a baby suffocating inside a baby carrier. When she messaged me the link she commented that this must not be the same type of stretchy wrap I use, but it was the same thing, just a different brand. I am not scared my [...]

Birth Story #4 – Mary

Birth Story #4 – Mary

+J.M.J.+ Today's birth story comes from Mary. I know her personally and her husband's words of wisdom really helped and encourage Ethan to be open to home birth for us. They have such a beautiful family, and she is sharing with us the birth of her fifth baby. Enjoy! ____________________ Our oldest son had been [...]

Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Did you enjoy Geneva's birth story last week? (Click here if you missed it!) This week I am featuring her sister Nicole's story. ___________________ Just one month after my sister had told me she was pregnant I was very excited to discover that I was expecting as well. This would be my eighth baby and [...]

Birth Story #2 – Geneva

Birth Story #2 – Geneva

+J.M.J.+ I have something exciting here in our Natural Birth Story Series... two stories from sisters who gave birth a month apart in their respective homes using the same midwife! Geneva gave birth to her fourth baby, then her sister Nicole followed with her eighth a month later. These births came during a difficult time [...]