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Baby at home

My baby daze are behind me. It’s a bittersweet time as I watch my “baby” run, walk, talk, and start to learn her letters.

While I remember that it was hard to be pregnant (nine times) and have so many little ones at once (six), I am so thankful for the experience and for my little people who aren’t so little anymore.

I don’t think that I was the “crunchiest” of moms, but my mom had been a natural childbirth/breastfeeding mom of the 70s, so that was what I knew and grew up with. Mine were unmedicated hospital deliveries which I found to be a good mix of modern and traditional. I breastfeed all six kids exclusively.

When I started having babies in the late 90s, I was surprised to see how “medical” pregnancy and birth had become. I had to fight pretty hard in those hospitals to keep the drugs away, manage the pain, and fend off the bottles of sugar water. As if birthing a nine-pound baby isn’t hard enough.

Please know that I am very thankful that there are such sophisticated medical options out there. I have many a friend whose life has been saved thanks to modern technology. All the same, I am equally thankful for the moms, books, and resources I had to turn to when I wanted to go a less-medical, more natural route.

I feel like an old lady now saying, “Look how much easier it is now!”

(Okay, pushing out the nine-pound baby isn’t any easier, but finding support and information is!)

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  1. Could you please elaborate on “pushing the bottles of sugar water away”? Or maybe you’ve written a post about it? I’m really interested in this story (having dealt with 2/5 babies with low(ish) blood sugar. TIA!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I don’t know that there’s much of a story to tell (other than my general breastfeeding story: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/05/breastfeeding-expectations.html ). My kids were all big, five of them well over 9 pounds. Several had latching issues so nurses would get nervous and try to give them sugar water instead of letting me nurse them. Until I got a great hospital (Overland Park Regional in KS), I had to be super vigilant that nurses weren’t being tricky. Funny, the CA hospitals were more like that than the ones in KS.

  2. I had one unmedicated or “natural” birth (well, except the horrid pitocin which thankfully helped keep away the C-section knife!) almost two years ago. I am now planning for another one later this year! I found Dr. and Mrs. Sears’s book, The Birth Book, exceedingly helpful. I believe it was written in the ’90s when people were in the thick of fighting off all the “medical” changes to the birthing experience. After what I read there, I found it refreshingly easy to plan a natural birth. I think having a young doctor helped, too. Another book I liked was called Active Birth. I can’t remember who wrote it, and it’s on loan. But it may not be available in the U.S. as it was written by someone in the U.K. and my sister sent it to me. That’s my two-cents on natural childbirth and helpful literature, for what it’s worth. Some of these titles look great, and I’d love to read them!

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