ROLL CALL!!!!

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Joined: 01/28/08
Posts: 1798
ROLL CALL!!!!

Hey ladies! I figured it has been a long time since we have done this and I know there are some new women that have joined the board so let's do a simple get to know/ roll call.

Name:
Age:
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc:
How many kids do you have:
Reason for joining Natural Birth:
Favorite place of birth:
Why:
Good thing about life right now:
Bad thing about life right now:

kridda_88's picture
Joined: 01/28/08
Posts: 1798

Name: Krista
Age: 24
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: I have a 8 month old nursling. Wont be thinking of TTC until 2014
How many kids do you have: 3 boys
Reason for joining Natural Birth: My first birth was very much medical, over due, induced, epi, miserable. I knew there had to be a better way of birth and so I found natural birth. My second was unmedicated in the hospital spontaneous labor at 39 weeks but still not what I really wanted. Number 3 was a home birth with a midwife.
Favorite place of birth: My favorite was my home birth by far.
Why: It was such an amazing, intimate, and peaceful experience. It was just what I wanted in a birth and I loved that no one bothered me and just let me deliver my baby. I was the first to touch my son and hold him. It was such an awesome experience.

Good thing about life right now: I have found some awesome friends recently, though they are cyber friends, they are still awesome.
Bad thing about life right now: Finances suck.

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Joined: 08/26/07
Posts: 14483

Name: Jackie
Age: 29
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: pregnant
How many kids do you have: 1
Reason for joining Natural Birth: planning a VBAC for November!
Favorite place of birth: Uhhhh....definitely NOT where I had my son!!!
Why:
Good thing about life right now: Recently found out that we will NOT be moving this winter - such a relief! We just got here in March, so I look forward to getting to know people better now that I'm not completely transient.
Bad thing about life right now: I'm really over my husband being in training (military). It's been over 2 years now since this started. I really hate that right after this baby is born DH is leaving for 2 weeks. I know it could be way worse (he'll be here for the birth!), but he wasn't able to take time off after DS was born and we're just going to repeat that again this time. *sigh*

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Joined: 09/28/08
Posts: 2977

Name: Mel
Age: 33
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: nursing my 21 month old & TTC
How many kids do you have: 2
Reason for joining Natural Birth: Started off with being terrified of an epi and my research led me to believe that a natural birth was the best alternative, took Hypnobabies with an instructor and never looked back!
Favorite place of birth: Both births have been in the birthing center at the hospital
Why: gives DH comfort to be in a hospital, but gets me the hands off birth I want
Good thing about life right now: excited that we are TTC, getting along really well with DH, my toddlers are adorable/sweet lately
Bad thing about life right now: having to work & slightly worrying about finances since I'll be a SAHM after #3 is born. Oh and this irrational fear that I'm going to have twins when I do get pregnant! ha ha

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Joined: 02/14/10
Posts: 6043

Name: Erin
Age: 30
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Nursing DD & waiting VERY impatiently to TTC
How many kids do you have: DD, Teagan, 2 next week!
Reason for joining Natural Birth: I'm not sure if you mean the board or NCB in general. I joined to board for support in my NCB with DD. I decided on NCB way back before TTC her. I wanted to do everything I could to avoid a c/s and not expose my baby or myself to unnecessary medications. Now its also about experiencing that transcendental feeling again. Smile
Favorite place of birth: I've only birthed at the local birth center and its pretty awesome. I'm thinking about a HB for next time.
Why: I'm really lucky to have a really awesome birth center in town. I never had to fight for anything I wanted. I never had to explain myself. I also really love the community that surrounds the birth center.
Good thing about life right now: I just passed my written comprehensive exam for my PhD!!!
Bad thing about life right now: DH and I are not on the same page about TTC.

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Joined: 03/29/08
Posts: 1220

Name:Kathleen
Age:30
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc:offically ttc#3 in January
How many kids do you have:2
Reason for joining Natural Birth:My first 2 births were medicated in the hospital and not what I really wanted. I finally talked dh in to going with a birth center for #3
Favorite place of birth:not the hospital
Why:
Good thing about life right now:Growing closer to dh after talking about planning #3
Bad thing about life right now: dh stressing about finances

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Joined: 08/07/09
Posts: 3368

Name: Mara
Age: 32
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Nursing my 3 mos old son, hope to TTC/have another baby in 2014.
How many kids do you have: 2- the 3 mos old and an almost 2.5 year old daughter
Reason for joining Natural Birth: I joined when I was expecting my first, and planning my first natural birth!
Favorite place of birth: Well, one birth was in the hospital, and one was at my dad's house. My Dad's was definitely better, but, still not quite as good as a MY home home birth. Smile
Why: I loved being able to get back into my own bed, have a shower in my own shower, have my whole closet full of clothes available, not to mention all the baby stuff, as well as having my husband, daughter, mother (and a few other people) around to help and be together.
Good thing about life right now: DS is showing off his napping skills- 2 hour naps twice a day? YES PLEASE! And I've got 6 weeks of 4 workouts a week behind me, and even though I haven't magically lost a million lbs (not sure I've lost any, but I don't have a scale so I don't know), but I am feeling pretty dang good- and I'm just proud that I'm carrying through on being committed to myself. Smile
Bad thing about life right now: We are struggling financially which is a constant stress. DH is working way too much, and is always worn out. We're working pretty hard on finding solutions, but it is still very stressful right now.

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Joined: 03/27/06
Posts: 333

Name:Andrea
Age:33
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc:Pregnant, due around October 24
How many kids do you have:Pregnant with #3
Reason for joining Natural Birth:I had an epidural with my other two kids and want to go completely drug-free this time. I almost made it last time, but didn't realize it until I was ready to push immediately after the epi was placed.
Favorite place of birth:Not a teaching hospital like my last two!
Why:My tears were stitched by residents and took forever. Their protocal had me with a cath for 24 hours after delivery so I had to walk around with a pee bag. Ugh!
Good thing about life right now:My husband is no longer so busy with work and will be able to be around more when this one is little. We have lots of local family to help out too.
Bad thing about life right now: I'm a bit stressed out about decorating for a charity event 10 days before my due date. I hope baby boy stays in until afterwards!

Joined: 04/30/09
Posts: 2257

Name: Mia
Age: 27
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Pregnant! I miss nursing (we nursed to 18 months) and can't wait to do it again!
How many kids do you have: 1 DD Emma who just turned 2 in August
Reason for joining Natural Birth: I'd decided early in DD's pregnancy I wanted to go for a natural birth. I am pretty tolerant to pain and am good at focused relaxation/meditation. Plus, I'm always the person that experiences unpleasant side effects to medications, so I wanted to avoid that. Despite being high risk with DD (and this pregnancy) and needing to deliver early, my OB/MW were endlessly supportive of NCB.
Favorite place of birth:I've only birthed at my local hospital. Being high risk (and having had to have ptl stopped twice) it wasn't really an option, but I was okay with that because of the team I had.
Why:It worked out great. My water broke at home, I felt okay enough. I got to l&d talking and barely needing to breathe through contractions to hitting transition and pushing within an hour (I had a miserably uncomfortable pregnancy due to ICP 4.5 months of bed rest, and I was in inactive labor for about a week prior to delivery). No one pushed medication in my face/they all knew of my NCB wishes from my previous l&d stints and everyone was supportive of it. At one point while pushing the OB who delivered DD said "there are a thousand ways I can get this baby out faster (took me 45 minutes to push her) but you're both doing great so I'm just going to let you do what your body wants." I loved that!We also had a long discussion about induction and a c/s and my OB said he'd only do a c/s after 2-3 days if nothing happened (assuming baby and I were fine) and I loved that he was concerned about our health and not what was convenient for him.
Good thing about life right now: Little man is SO active! It's reassuring and I love it. Everything was perfect at my monthly appointment last week.
Bad thing about life right now: Finances blow and having ICP show up again, and earlier in this pregnancy has been difficult. I just had another blood draw yesterday. We're aiming for 37 weeks to deliver (and I hope I can just go into labor again on my own and avoid induction) but I have this awful feeling he'll need to come earlier then that. Beee I'm also a little stressed about figuring out child care when I start NSTs in 8 weeks.

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Joined: 10/23/06
Posts: 3087

Name: Kristi

Age: 31

Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc:
17 weeks pregnant (due at the end of February)

How many kids do you have:
2 - DD1 is 5, DD2 is turning 2 in one week (!!!). This one is our last, so I'm trying to savor it, but I really don't enjoy pregnancy very much.

Reason for joining Natural Birth:
I had a natural VBAC with DD2, planning a home birth this time around

Favorite place of birth? Why?
Well, I've had a hospital c/s and a VBAC in my car, and of the two I'd pick the car any day. I think I'll be more comfortable at home this time, though. There just wasn't much room in the front seat of the car....

Good thing about life right now:
Ummm....it's fall!

Bad thing about life right now:
I hate being in grad school. I'd like to finish soon!

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Joined: 10/03/07
Posts: 811

Name: Amber
Age: 26
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

Joined: 11/29/06
Posts: 1316

Name: Alison

Age: 27

Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Nursling

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.

Joined: 05/15/08
Posts: 413

Name: Harper
Age: 28
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 Smile . 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!

Joined: 08/03/07
Posts: 3229

Name:Cindy
Age:33
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

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Joined: 09/29/09
Posts: 5634

Name: Christa
Age: 33
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: nursing a 4 week old Smile
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).

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Joined: 07/04/07
Posts: 1159

Name: Shauna
Age: 26
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Pregnant!
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.

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Joined: 04/04/12
Posts: 742

Name: Claire
Age: 29
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.

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Joined: 02/02/05
Posts: 3327

Name: Joy
Age: 33
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

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Joined: 11/28/06
Posts: 1409

Name: Connie
Age: 37
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

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Joined: 11/29/06
Posts: 1462

Name: Sarah
Age: 36
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!

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Joined: 04/22/08
Posts: 999

Name: Kristin
Age: 31
Pregnant/nursling/TTC/etc: Nursing 4 month old
How many kids do you have: 3
Reason for joining Natural Birth: learn from other people and to read/share stories
Favorite place of birth: home
Why: Comfortable, no strange machines and people, get to sleep in my own bed afterwards.
Good thing about life right now: I have started back up running again, and have managed to lose nearly 12lbs in the last month
Bad thing about life right now: DS3 is not sleeping much at night, and has me up every hour or so.