I am a homeschooling mama 4 beautiful children; two girls and two boys who keep me on my toes and in constant prayer! I love singing, painting, digging in a garden, hiking and camping in our craigslist find pop-up camper.
I never had any intentions of home birth, even though my mother and my stepmom both had two of their children at home. When my husband and I started trying for children, we experienced two miscarriages, which landed me in the ER. Both times, I was ushered through without concern and subjected to their "standard protocol" and felt like I had no voice in my care. I decided if that was the way I was treated during a miscarriage, I wanted nothing to do with standard care for a birth and started researching midwives in my area.
I prayed to find one that had my beliefs because I wanted to be comfortable with bringing someone to my birth to share something so sacred with me and my husband. At the consultation, I explained my history and she talked about midwifery and home birth and what I could expect during my visits. She actually said "I will ask you many personal questions because midwives see birth as something that affects the whole woman". My husband looked at her and said "I trust my wife with you". My consultation turned into my first visit and started my research for how birth should be.
Part of the requests from the midwife was for us to take childbirth education classes to prepare us for natural labor because there are no epidurals when you are at home! I was so glad for what my husband and I learned in the classes and I spent the next few years sharing that information with anyone that was pregnant. Two more children (both water births) later, I decided I wanted to educate couples in the same preparation that I was blessed to receive and when I discovered Birth Boot Camp, I was very impressed that it covered much more than my previous class had and was modern and more hands on. I am excited to be part of the Birth Boot Camp Team and encourage couples in my area not to fear birth, but to embrace parenthood and trust their body. The more information a couple is given, the better prepared they are to make their own choices for what they need in labor and birth; whatever that looks like for each family.
I fully believe that the less we tamper with our body's natural rhythms, the better off we are. I am learning to live a more holistic, natural, or "kinda imperfect crunchy" lifestyle because I feel it is healthier when we get back to the basics of how God made us but life is life and I do let my kids eat cake at friend's birthday parties. I truly do believe that moms, dads and babies are awesome and birth can be too!