1. Avatar photo Dani Lasher, Childbirth Educator

      My mom had a natural birth with her first but she was in another country that had no other options. I’m not sure she was very prepared. She very clearly opted for drugs with me, but she didn’t love how the IV meds made her feel drunken either

  1. Janie Wolff

    My biological mother went 42 weeks and 5 days with me. They induced labor and I kept flipping over so eventually she opted for a csection. I havent told anyone we plan on home birthing because I hear lots of friends tell other friends “you’ll be begging for pain meds”. So I figured id keep it to myself. 🙂

    1. Avatar photo Dani Lasher, Childbirth Educator

      It’s such a shame women cannot just rise above and support one another in these situations. I try to encourage women to be open with their friends, family, providers, etc regardless. Do you think you are holding back on being honest with them because you don’t want to hurt their feelings, or because you don’t want to entertain their clap back?

  2. Katie Hallmark

    One friend that I know of, had a home water birth. If there’s anyone else, they haven’t shared about it. Everyone else was in a hospital (no birth centers near me), most with an epidural and/or c-section.

    1. Avatar photo Dani Lasher, Childbirth Educator

      Outside of the birth professional community and colleagues I’ve become friends with that way, I have very few friends myself who’ve birthed at home. I hope we see a shift in this in our lifetime. This year alone has changed a lot about the way women want to birth.

  3. Rebecca Brown

    My first baby at age 23. 36 hours and had laughing gas at the end. Fortunately no one pressured me to have the epidural at the hospital. I likely would have gave in. I was too scared to be paralyzed from the epidural so that kept me going. Lol.
    Baby #2 and 3 epidurals
    19 years later, 39 weeks with baby #4 and looking forward to a home water birth! I’m glad I experienced the powerful natural birth with my first so I have the confidence to do it again!

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