Elliott's birth Photos by Stephi Jean Photography 763-227-5783 [email protected]

When asked to name the best thing(s) about their home birth women mentioned the following:

*Not having to go anywhere

*My amazing midwife

*Having these memories in my own home

*The amazing prenatal and postpartum care. I got so much attention! I appreciated being able to text my midwife with questions anytime

*Not having to put any clothes on

*People touching me how and when I permit

*It made me feel like birth is a normal part of life

*I was able to be fully present without interruptions

*I felt safe in a way that I was surrounded by people I trust and wouldn't be persuaded, prodded or pressured into anything I didn't really want

*No worry about someone performing unnecessary procedures on my little guy

*Knowing who would be at my birth before it happened

*Eating when I wanted

*The ability to be completely primal and autonomous during this spiritual experience

*Only the people I invited, wanted and trusted were there

*The prenatal and postpartum care, the same level is impossible in the hospital system. The time and individual attention and the relationship that was built was so impactful

*Less freaky germs and more fresh air

*Climbing into my own bed

*Flexibility with my due date

*Being relaxed before and after

*Being fed the exact food I wanted after the birth

*How primal it feels and having the utmost faith in my body

*No getting bugged by nurses all night and no repeated interruptions

*Laboring on my own furniture

*Knowing my older children were asleep upstairs and how soon after birth they got to meet their sister

*Laying in bed for days after birth without being busy and moving

*Home visits after baby was born so I didn't need to go anywhere