06 12 / 2013
December 6th. Four days before my “Due Date”.
As we are getting settled in our apartment, we are also finishing up preparing for our home water birth. I thought I would share how simple and LOW COST this has been planning Arianna’s arrival at our own home.
In a Washington Post article I read, written this past July…
I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t have that type of money. That shit is CRAY. Ya’ll want to know how much it has cost me so far? About three stacks. This includes:
- My Midwife’s attendance at the birth
- Birthing Classes
- Two required (SC State Law) OBGYN/Doctor visits
- Blood work/Lab Test
- Prenatal visits by my midwife at MY home
- Having my midwife available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns.
- Birth Kit Supplies
- Water Tub
- And again having my Midwife available to guide us through this journey physically and emotionally (I emphasize this because doctor’s don’t do this)
- Postpartum care/visit to MY home from my midwife
Here is a picture of my Birth Kit ($54 + Shipping):
10 - Underpads Heavy WT, 23” x 36”
10 - Underpads Heavy WT, 30” x 36”
1 - Straws, Pkg of 10
1 - Sanitary Pads, Pkg of 14
1 - Sanitary Brief, Unisize
1 - Peri Bottle
1 - Baby Cap, Basic Cotton
1 - Bulb Syringe, 3oz
1 - Povidone Solution, 8oz
1 - After Birth Sitz Herbs
1 - Herbal Cord Care
1 - Sterile Field
4 - Gloves Latex Pairs, 7.0
1 - Gentleheel Lancet
And here is a picture of my Birthing Tub ($35) which is in my dining room. I took a picture of my kitchen (which is across from it) to show how “at home” this is going to be.
There are more supplies needed for a home birth which I have not shown. Most of the other supplies needed are simple things you most likely already have in your household. The birth kit and birthing tub are just an example of the “bigger” purchases.
I cannot say how awesome my home birth will be as I have not physically experienced that yet, but so far preparing for that day has been amazing and I cannot wait to give birth at home and share it with you all!
25 9 / 2013
How ironic is it that I have been called P-Momma for many years, and now I am in the process of becoming a mother? The name was first given by an ex and it kinda stuck with my friends and family. Although this ex of mine is no longer in my life, people still call me P-Momma. Every time I hear “P-Mommma”, it reminds me of the old me, the college party girl. And I don’t like associating P-Momma with the Mother that I hope to be. This although is not the point of this post.
I am currently 29 weeks pregnant and expecting a baby girl, Arianna. I’ve been so open to my peers about my pregnancy mainly because I want to share this beautiful experience, inspire, and inform them of many things that I feel my peers are unaware of. To make it clear, I am not judging my peers for making the choices they made or will make with their pregnancy nor am I telling them it is wrong. I am simply sharing my choices, because I have found alot of them are uneducated and are unaware that they even have choices.
To start off, not only have I chosen a natural birth, but a HOME water birth. This means no medical intervention whatsoever, unless a medical emergency arises. This will take place in my own home with the assistance of an experienced Midwife that I have chosen. Yes, I’ve heard of Birthing Centers, but how is that really helping me and is it necessary for ME and what I want out of my birthing experience? I love the idea of being home in my own surroundings and being able to be in full control of my birth. Not only is it healthy for the baby and I, but i get to experience birth the natural way. I don’t want to be drugged up and not be able to feel what my body should feel during birth. I want to remember the pain of each contraction as it brings me one step closer to meeting Arianna. I want to remember birthing as a beautiful experience.
With that said, I would like this to be somewhat of an introduction or invitation for you to witness my journey and process as I retire the name P-Momma and embrace the new P-Mother.
"GIVING BIRTH SHOULD BE YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT, NOT YOUR GREATEST FEAR."