Birth or Something Like it-WINNER!!!!

26 Dec

So we finally have a winner for Birth! or Something like it!!!

I liked all of them, cried at many, got angry at some. But I was looking for something I couldn’t even name. A feeling, a sense of completeness.

So I asked Karrie, who liked a couple of the same ones the best. And so, without further ado:

Taming Estella-you are the winner! (insert fanfare here) You had the birth many of us wanted, and you had it BECAUSE you wanted it. But at the same time, there were many common themes, the giant ass birth being the one that sticks out. It was funny, but it was also touching, quietly strong, and like every one of our births, amazing.

I have to give props to Connor however, for making his appearance in a moving vehicle! 🙂

Estella, email your mailing address and your book will be on it’s way next week, or this weekend. (I’m terrible at actually making it to the post office)

New event next week, if I have time to set it up!

And thanks to everyone for telling their stories-if I have time in the next few weeks, and your permissions, I’d like to start a web site for these as someone had suggested.

9 Responses to “Birth or Something Like it-WINNER!!!!”

  1. mrshavisham December 26, 2006 at 12:20 pm #

    Oh my gosh, yay!!! I’ve never won a blogging award before! I’m quite taken aback that my expletive filled birth story won. Hah! Just wanted to add that birth may never go as planned–it may never run as perfectly as you had envisioned. But you can make a choice to either watch someone else micromanage your birth, or you can take charge. (Even with a necessary planned c-section there are choices that you can make as long as you know what they are and demand it.)

    Take back your power by becoming informed and educated. My first two births were heavily medicated hospital births. I was made to be the perfect patient, and as a result, my births ended up being far less than perfect. I chose homebirth because I wanted as many options as possible. When I tested positive for Group B Strep, it was MY decision to take the antibiotics or not. It was also my decision to choose a Heparin lock instead of an IV. It was MY decision to get in the water or not, to push if I felt like pushing, to choose the Vitamin K shot for my newborn or the ointment for his eyes. If something would have happened and I had ended up at the hospital for an episiotomy, forceps, vacuum extraction, epidural, or c-section, I would have been the person to make the final decision. After all, it’s MY body. The empowerment I received from my homebirth did not come from the lack of painful contractions, the short labor, or the minimal pushing. It came from the knowledge that I had educated myself and was in control of my body, my health, my baby, and my birth.

  2. thordora December 26, 2006 at 12:47 pm #

    And THAT is why I loved it. Because regardless of HOW you did it, YOU did it-you made the decisions for your birth.

    in the end, that’s empowerment.

    Same goes for elected c-sections-regardless of my personal feelings, it’s still a choice the mother has made for her own sanity and security. I can’t judge that.

  3. Jen December 26, 2006 at 8:57 pm #

    Congrats to Taming Estella–that one was one of my favorites as well.

  4. Karen December 26, 2006 at 9:17 pm #

    He is known around here as gus big brother couldnt say Connor at 12 months. Now Connor just doesnt fit him… I wonder would it scare him to change his name at almost 2 years old lol.

  5. Magdalena December 27, 2006 at 11:00 am #

    Just want to say (and I’m not being a sore loser :)) that sometimes in very rural communities there are not many options to have homebirths because there is not the support you would find elsewhere. Also, there can be medical components that require women to have births in medical facilities. It’s not always a matter of being uneducated.
    I never wrote about several medical issues that required me to be hospitalized because they are too painful at this moment for me to touch on; I don’t know if I ever will. I had always wished for that natural home birth where I made all the decisions.Unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible. There were severe complications that happened postnatally that made me feel fortunate to be in a medical facility. I think we are all strong women no matter how we had our children; just some more fortunate in their circumstance.
    Congrats Estella.

  6. thordora December 27, 2006 at 11:33 am #

    Actually, you were the other “option” 🙂 I just didn’t have a second place prize. 😛

    I just liked the prevailing message of taking charge, as much as we can, of our births. But you’re right-some of us aren’t so lucky.

  7. Heather December 27, 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    Congrats to the winner – I agree, your story was so moving and empowering.

    Ina May and the Farm got nothin’ on you, girl 🙂

  8. Missy December 27, 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    Taming Estella did have a good story. So did Magdalena. I’ll have to go back and read more of them when I have the time. Good job Thor–maybe next time I’ll play along (such a crazy time of year for me, or I would have told a story or five of my own). Heh, heh.


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