July 4th. What an important day for our country. Our declaration of independence--our cry of freedom, our proclamation of liberation.
This holiday I am still lost in the celebration of the birth of my 3rd child: Brighton. It was, indeed, a liberating moment for my family to birth in the privacy and comfort of a home environment after enduring two prior surgical births. I'm thankful that in the land of the free and the home of the brave, I was allowed to cross two state lines to birth my baby in peace and solitude, the way nature works best.
Our story, home birth pictures, and journey music can be found here:
While the AMA and ACOG are diligently working to pass legislation that will, without doubt, hinder a woman's right to birth in privacy, I will continue to shout my story of liberation and empowerment from the rooftops. It was a day to celebrate independence from the over-medicalized "birth machine." And I will bend over backwards, if necessary, to help just one more woman avoid the cascade of routine hospital interventions that too often lead to that first unnecessary cut.
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