Ask a Mom, Ask a Midwife – The Floor is Open!

Jul 4, 2011 | Home Birth Stories | 17 comments

weeks to go I’ve got birth on the brain and find myself very excited once again.
For many of you this will be your third birth “with me”! 

I am fantastically passionate about birth and am formulating a series of posts for Parisienne Farmgirl on the subject.  My fabulous midwife has agreed to be interviewed for one part of the series!!!

I know when Juliette was born many readers mentioned a curiosity about home birth and my natural/home birth experiences so here is your chance…

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know….
Simply submit a question to myself as an expectant Mother (who has experienced both a natural hospital birth and two natural home births) 
submit your question to Debbie the Midwife 
(who has delivered over 250 babies) 
either in the comment box or, if you don’t want the world to see who’s asking (IE: a TMI kind of question) you can shoot me an email asking to remain anonymous.

We’re talking fears, tears and “transitioning” here girls – don’t hold back!  This isn’t going to be about bashing those who don’t choose natural childbirth either – just sheer enthusiasm on the subject.

I’ll be putting this together for the very near future.  
You don’t have to be considering natural or Home Birth to participate.  You can be just plain curious, you can be totally against it, you can be a concerned Gramma or Gramma to be… 

This is going to be great!  

It’s July and blogs are slow cause we are all enjoying the sunshine – I’m gonna leave this post up for a couple days!  If you are intrigued at all, please spread the word on your own blogs about the opportunity to pose questions on the subject!  

Merci in advance!!!

So there are no hurt feelings I should say I can’t ask Debbie EVERY question posed – for example, if I get 10 questions on the “baby being wrapped in the cord” I will pick the best one, (maybe two) and present it to her.  Thanks for understanding.
Image:  Google Images “Home Birth”


  1. Oie

    I don’t have a question – rather just let you know I just has my third baby, delevered in hospital by a mid-wife. a very quick labour with breathing technique used to cope with contractions. Baby came in about 6 pushes and I delevered standing up – was not even sure I was fully diallated at the time – just felt the urge! Cannot express enough how lucky I was, and how amazing our bodies are. However I know every one is different, and labour is different for each baby. Good luck, I look forward to catching up on the news as bubba 4 arrives.

  2. Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima

    oh yes! This will be so interesting!
    I am passionate about natural birth (I delivered 4 months ago: natural but in the hospital!).
    I was so interested (and still am) in home delivery but, I think, we are not very well organized here in Italy…that’s really a pity!
    Congrats on your fourth baby arriving! A new baby is always a good news to read!

  3. Greta

    I’m days from giving birth to my first baby, and the plan is to do a natural hospital birth. I’m nervous but really excited!!! What is your best piece of advice for managing the pain naturally while in a hospital? I need all the help I can get. 🙂

  4. Mrs. B.

    Have you seen the documentary The Business of Being Born? It’s a documentary by Ricki Lake (I know!) and it’s fantastic. You can watch it instantly on netflix if you’re a netflix kind of gal. But I really recommend it – you’re already on her page, but it is just so good…especially since you’re so close and you’ve got birth on the brain.

  5. Genuine Lustre

    No question here — just a big cheer of support!I had five homebirths with a lay midwife and I wouldn’t change a thing.
    I would just like all mommies to make informed choices and to know they own their births.

  6. Carissa

    Sounds Wonderful!!! I’m done with my flock (Not my choice, just the Lords… He knows what is best), but I look forward to hearing and reading everyone’s questions!!!

    Another good blogger friend of mine just had a home birth and her story was just beautiful… i know yours will be too!

    Love Carissa

  7. Justine

    I wish I could have a home birth it sounds so amazing and natural but alas prior health problems determined me to be a c-section girl…. I am just grateful I have the chance to have babies…. but anyways I just wanted to say good luck and cant wait to see pictures we are having our first in 17 weeks!

  8. à la parisienne

    If we ever have another child, I told my husband and my mother that I would like to have the baby at home-not in the hospital. The main reason is that my husband is self-employed and our insurance does not cover maternity at all! Unfortunately, in the USA, it costs thousands dollars to have a baby in a hospital. I have two questions: about how much money did your pregnancy and delivery of Juliette cost? Sounds rude to ask, but I would like to compare the costs. Did you take Juliette to a pediatrician to have her hearing and other diagnostics checked after she was born? Also, my mother asked me about complications during delivery. If some dire emergency happened mid-delivery, what would happen?

    I find this very interesting. If it were completely up to me, I would love to have another baby in the next couple of years.

    I look forward to the interview.


  9. Kate

    Hmm, being at the 20 week mark I have a ton of questions! (I’m getting ready to set up a tour of a local birthing center so haven’t sat down with any midwives to pester them yet!)

    I too would love to know how you do pain management. With this being my first, I’m a wee bit scared.

    And because I have no shame I’d love to know more realistically how long you bleed after when you’re at home (I’ll be headed home within 5 hours after giving birth at the center), what is your best advice for preparing your nipples to breastfeed (my mother was telling me tonight that I needed to begin toughening them up, but seeing as how none of us were breastfed more than a week I wasn’t listening much), and if you take teas or herbal supplements to help with anything.

    For your midwife, since I’m preparing to meet the ones at the center, I would love to know what questions she thinks it’s important to ask them. I already know their c-section rate and plan to ask at what point they would feel medical intervention was necessary (I know others who have birthed there have raved about how they just sort of leave you to it, stepping in to check the heartbeat occasionally). But I would love to know if there are questions that are important to ask!

  10. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    My neighbor and good friend Kristina has delivered all 5 of her at home. The last two almost feel a bit like mine as I was there minutes after they came into the world. 🙂

    Isn’t wonderful that we have a choice?

  11. Bringing Pretty Back

    I am so happy for you and the upcoming birth of your baby! EXCITING!
    I had three c sections – natural birth wasn’t in the cards for me.
    Thank you so much for the comment on the little pink and white GLAMPER. It is so very exciting!
    Take care of yourself and keep us posted on how things are progressing!
    Have a PRETTY day!

  12. JoyFilled

    As a fellow homebirthing mama (also with a hospital birth under my belt- a medicated one, actually), just wanted to say cool that you’re doing this! 🙂

  13. Mandy

    well, i had all 4 of mine naturally, but in the hospital. i suppose the main reason i never even considered home birth was because the possibility something could go wrong, made it more important to be quick to medical aide. my 3rd was born with the cord around his neck and needed immediate tubes down his throat to clear out his very blocked airways. i suppose my question would be – waht is the extent of the medical training that a midwife has, and how available is the ‘tools’ they need for quick action? thanks for being open!, Mandy

    i suppose i should add that i am done having babies, my questions are pure curiosity!

  14. Renata

    I think it’s wonderful if you can have your babies naturally – I so longed for a natural birth, but haven’t had that choice – with 3 c-sections now I don’t think it’s possible I could either (should the Lord decide to bless us again). I look forward to hearing the questions and answers & it is lovely to have time to catch up on your blog – your strawberry picking looked like fun – over here that happens in December & I have my strawberry plants in & can’t wait!
    Have a wonderful day

  15. Catholic

    Ok, after 5 kids – 2 birthing center, 1 at home (hastily delivered by Dad) followed by an emergency C and another planned C – my question is…. With the first C I was cut with a Transverse cut and I was told the possibility of uterine rupture was “great” for any future deliveries. Would anyone in their right mind VBAC me? I hate surgery and would rather have 5 natural births in a row. It really wrecked the last pregnancy thinking of the impending C section. What do you think?

  16. Mandy

    *are* the tools. sorry, i couldn’t stop thinking about my blunder:D

  17. Home Inspire

    Hi :-),
    just visit your blog for the first time a few minutes ago.
    Did you ever heart about “orgasmic birth”?
    You find a lot of videos about it at YouTube.
    I´m not a mummy till now :-), but it looks very new and interessting.
    All the best for you!


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