Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Very pregnant!
How many kids do you have: Two boys, ages 2 and almost 3.5
Reason for joining Natural Birth: I've always wanted a natural birth its just never worked out, this is my last baby so I'd really like it if I could have just one natural birth
Favorite place of birth: Hospital is the only birthing option here
Why: Our hospital is great so I have no issues delivering there again, they were extremely supportive during my VBAC
Good thing about life right now: That I'm almost done being pregnant
Bad thing about life right now: Money, always money, and that I'm almost done being pregnant forever
How many kids do you have: 2. DS1 William (2yrs on the 22nd), DS2 Nathan (2 weeks old)
Reason for joining Natural Birth: My family has had natural births, my mom was a labour coach while I was growing up. This just seemed like a great place for support.
Favorite place of birth: I had both my boys in the hospital.
Why My boys were planned home births, but we had to transfer for both of them. Ideally I would have liked to birth at home, but the hospital was the place for us.
Good thing about life right now: I LOVE my babies! I love my family. I love having a newbie and a toddler. I'm entertained all day.
Bad thing about life right now: I'm moving in 10 days. I'm so excited to be in my new house, but I'm sad to leave this house. In the 3 years we've been in this house DH and I were married and our boys were born. So bittersweet for me.
Pregnant: 14wks tomorrow (edd: 3/20)
# of Kids: 2 boys (born 1/19/09 and 1/12/11), I've also had 3 mc's
Reason for joining the forum: Both my births have been natural, and I love it!
Favorite place of birth: Home--I think my fantasy is to do it like dogs and cats do: in a dark, confined space, by myself, but I'll allow a mw as a concession :) . I did a hb for ds1 and the hospital for ds2 (although ds2 barely stayed inside long enough to get to the hospital). If I never birth in the hospital again, it will be too soon.
Good thing about life right now: Being pregnant!
Bad thing about life right now: DH is a campaign manager, so we only have assured employment through 11/6. We're just hoping and praying that his boss wins and dh gets a staff job out of it!
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc:37 weeks pregnant
How many kids do you have:6yo boy & 4 yo girl
Reason for joining Natural Birth:I wanted to surround myself with stories and women that see birth the same way I do, as a natural process that we don't need to be cured of
Favorite place of birth:Home
Why:No pressure and much more relaxing
Good thing about life right now:work is slowing down so I can get caught up and be ready to have this baby
Bad thing about life right now: Leg cramps though they are getting better
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: nursing a 4 week old :)
How many kids do you have: 4 kids, 14 year old DD, 4 year old DS, 2 year old DD, and 4 week old DS
Reason for joining Natural Birth: My first two were c/s's and with DD2 I just KNEW there had to be a better way. I started reading the birth stories here and fell in love with the overall theme of this board. I loved that everyone was so welcoming even to those that birthed differently or didn't get the natural birth they wanted or whatever, it's just a very friendly board to be on.
Favorite place of birth: The pool in my bedroom
Why: My last birth was my first and only homebirth and it was AMAZING to have him in my own room, with all of my things around and I didn't have to leave. I got to sleep in my bed and eat my food and wear my clothes right after.
Good thing about life right now: having a new little baby around. I love nursing and didn't realize how much I had missed it and all the little baby noises and snuggles. I also really love FALL!
Bad thing about life right now: My two middle kids are really testing me lately. They have been fighting nonstop and they are just overwhelming me ATM. Also, I am desperately trying to get the house in order (we moved in December and found out I was pregnant the same day we moved).
How many kids do you have: 5 year old boy
Reason for joining Natural Birth: I've always known that I wanted to have natural births, it just made more sense to me. The more I read, the more I am certain of my convictions to work for a natural birth.
Favorite place of birth: I don't have anything to compare against yet but my ideal would be a home water birth!
Why: Everything about a home birth appeals to me as well as water birth.
Good thing about life right now: I'm getting close to the last leg of this pregnancy and I get to go on maternity leave!
Bad thing about life right now: I worry about finances while I am on maternity leave. I am fortunate to get an 8 month maternity leave but it is not paid at all.
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Pregnant, 29 weeks
How many kids do you have: 1 DS named James
Reason for joining Natural Birth: I wanted to get support & more information.
Favorite place of birth: Well, I have only ever delivered at the hospital, but I plan on doing it at our local birth center this time around and I am pretty sure it will beat the hospital.
Why: So far I feel safer and more comfortable with the birth center & midwives than I do with some of the Drs in my OB practice and the hospital. We have a great hospital and I loved my OB, but they just don't have the exact same objective as the birth center does.
Good thing about life right now: I'm carrying a healthy baby boy!
Bad thing about life right now: We have had some recent financial struggles that couldn't have come at a worse time... Not sure why everything happens at once, but it's been pretty stressful to say the least. I know things will work out, but I hate feeling like this.
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Nursing 5 month old & 23 month old
How many kids do you have: 3 (7 year old too)
Reason for joining Natural Birth: Wanted VBAC & NCB with DS2 after bad birth with DS1
Favorite place of birth: Shooting for the water & home someday. No fav. yet
Why: Liked home with #2 & water with #3 but didn't get to stay in either place to push out LO
Good thing about life right now: Kids & ice cream
Bad thing about life right now: DS3 will not sleep anywhere but in my arms at night. DH working 6 days a week, yuck
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: None of the above;)
How many kids do you have: 2
I've had two lodges here and still pop in from time to time:)
Good thing about life right now: Lots:)
Bad thing about life right now: DH's job situation
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Nursing 5.5 week old
How many kids do you have: 3 (13 year old DSS too)
Reason for joining Natural Birth: share info with other like-minded people
Favorite place of birth: backyard hot tub
Why:Can maneuver and squat IN the hot tub, not possible in a birthing pool - tried that and it was absolutely miserable (or was it that darn cervix lip?)! I think I would have preferred just giving birth out of the water, rather than in the tub.
Good thing about life right now: My back yard, the wonderful weather, how great DS2 is at nursing and sleeping compared to the others, the weather, sunshine, not being at work... should I go on?
Bad thing about life right now: Dh just went back to work after knee surgery. It was great to have him home for the past couple weeks. A little worried about having 3 kids under 4 at home, but things are settling down so it should be fine!