I thought that with your history of early births and the fact that you are measuring ahead, now might be a good time to start your lodge! I also thought that since you are confined to your house for a few weeks to help keep the baby in, having a lodge now might be nice for you, so you have a place to share your thoughts and another thing to spend your time on!
I'm looking forward to reading about your homebirth in Israel!
Welcome to your lodge! Wow, another July lodge, we're getting so close!!!
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-- Martin Richard, age 8, Boston, MA
Rest in peace, Martin.
yay! Welcome to your lodge.
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
Yay! Welcome to your lodge!!
Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones ♥
Wow, another lodge from July 2009! Welcome to your lodge, Ayelet! Can't wait to read all about your homebirth journey.
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Mom to Jack (7/12/2007), Derek (7/5/09) and their canine brother, Atari (5/9/2004)
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aaaw!!! Thanks everyone!! Thank you, Brittany, for starting this for me!
Wow! I can't believe I'm already in a birth lodge! But I guess that's what I'm doing now IRL, so it's nice to be able to share it with you wonderful ladies!
The women on this board were so supportive of me through Odeliya's birth and I have her lodge printed out! So this is really fun for me!
A little bit about me... I'm Ayelet, married to the love of my life, Yoram for almost 7 years (our anniversary is coming up on 7/24!!) In those seven years, we've lived in 5 different places! 6 if you count the 4 months we lived with IL's btwn selling our little townhouse in Englewood, NJ and buying our house in Hillside! Our current abode is in Katzerin, Israel which is a gorgeous little city (well, if you consider a city that could fit inside Madison Square Garden a city!!) in the Golan Heights region of the country.
Anyone who's never seen Israel on a map should know that the entire country is about the size of the state of NJ, it's width can be driven in 3 hours at it's widest (from the Jordan river to the Meditteranean Sea), and it's length in around 6 hours (from the Lebanon border to the tip of Sinai desert). So we're not talking about a major plot of land here! Which is sometimes hard for people to believe from all the media coverage we tend to get!
Anyway, it has been our dream to move to Israel and build our lives here for as long as either of us can remember and this past December we made that dream a reality! It was not easy, and it's still not easy! But we are so thrilled to be here and to know that we are living that part of our dream! Yoram has been a lot better at chronicaling it than I have on his blog, http://www.SchwellAliyah.blogspot.com, if you're so inclined!
So here we are, finally living in a house, in a wonderful and warm community, still getting settled (our washer, dryer, oven, baby supplies, books, toys and clothes are all still in a crate at the port! I'm sure you'll be hearing me vent about that saga on here!!) and as soon as we moved in and I found a homebirth midwife, I started having contractions!! So now I'm housebound, as Brittany mentioned! But it has given me time to do good work too. (I'll put in a post about what I do at some point!)
So just a bit about my previous births (both birth stories are posted in the Birth Stories sticky on here!) Netanel was born in a hospital in Englewood at 36 weeks after my doc decided to break my water. Her stated reason: there's very little fluid around the baby... (thank you, so let's take away whatever's left?!) my suspected reason: she was gong on vacation the next day and I was already having ctrx (although in retrospect, I was probably dehydrated - hence the low fluid!) so what the heck. Not the most pleasant experience all around, but I learned a lot about how to get real information from docs and MW's and the internet, etc...
Odeliya's birth was a story too! I was planning on having her in what I was told was a hospital birth center with the midwifery practice that I found that took my insurance. Actually, if you've seen Orgasmic Birth, you willl have seen my MW, Lonnie Morris on there! At 31 weeks we went to tour Pascack Valley Hospital (which is closed now, btw) and found that although the MW's seem to have autonomy w/ their patients, the birthing unit is just the regular maternity ward and for some reason I felt very disallusioned, and misled - and extremely uncomfortable with giving birth there. So I started looking into alternatives, closer birth centers, even closer hospitals, other midwives... to no avail. Until at last I found Olivia, a non-conventional CPM homebirth midwife who was still young enough to be unjaded by the stupidity of the system, and at 34 weeks we decided to have a homebirth. Odeliya was borth 4 weeks later in a pool in our home. Sooo incredible!
So this being my 3rd pregnancy journey, and not one of them being at all like the one before... ! I'm just waiting to see how this birth goes! It's been a long journey, and I'm just praying that my little bub realizes the importance of staying in for at least 4 more weeks! It will be the difference between being born into the arms of no one knows who (you don't choose your birth attendant here, it's whichever MW is on shift - like in England I believe) or being born at home into my arms attended by trusted and beloved friends and family!
I think that's enough for now!! I'll post pics of my crafting projects here too! (I already finished the first one! A yarmulka for my DH to match one I made for DS last year! It came out really nice!!)
Thanks for joining me on this journey, ladies!!
~Ayelet & Yoram
NJ, USA to Israel 12/29/08
Rambling on at http://milkandhoneymomma.blogspot.com
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I hope baby stays in for you.
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04