Congratulations on your pregnancy! Thank you for your interest in natural childbirth and becoming a more informed and empowered birth consumer.
Five years ago, I would have assumed that I would do what everyone did when I got pregnant: go to the hospital, take the drugs, have a baby. The more I read, the more I wanted to minimize the number of interventions for the sake of myself and my baby. So my husband, John, and I took Bradley Method® classes and prepared for a home birth.
Our first son, John Quincy, was born at home in Alexandria after 17 hours of labor including 4 hours of pushing. We believed the physical, mental, and emotional relaxation that Bradley taught us helped so much that we decided to become certified to teach whenever we got pregnant the second time.
In 2013, we moved to Charlottesville to a small farm in northern Albemarle County. Since then, we have added to our homestead 26 chickens, 4 goats, 2 cats, 2 dogs, one pony, one more baby boy, and one baby girl.
A 10.5 pound Gabriel Lincoln was born naturally with no drugs and no stitches at Martha Jefferson Hospital in January 2015 after 8 hours of labor at home and less than an hour at the hospital.
Theodora Laine was born October 2016 after 42 hours of prodermal labor and 22 hours of hard labor. #Thirdbabies
Since I've had a homebirth and two hospital births I can definitely speak to the pros and cons of both, but I recommend deciding for yourself!
By day, I am a nonprofit fundraiser and mother. John is a UI/UX designer and computer programmer. He's also my Renaissance man who plays music, gardens, cans, and has an architecture degree. Bradley definitely helped us bond over both of our pregnancies and helped us establish good communication and relaxation habits that have benefited our marriage longterm. We would love to help you enjoy the same!