Hey all! I just wanted to start a thread for those of us who are happy homebirthers. I thought it would be fun to just share a little about our births and tell some birth stories! Also, those who are considering homebirth can share future birth plans, hopes and/or dreams and ask questions! Homebirth is a wonderful option for healthy moms and babies. It is not dangerous and risky if a mother is prepared physically and mentally. If I could have my way, then all healthy mothers would have homebirths so they could experience the joy and empowerment that comes from it! Let me also say that I am not in any way bashing hospital birth. I am SO grateful that we have modern technology available for when problems arise. I would definitely not be here if it weren't for hospitals, I would've never lived past a few hours old, if that. Rules of this thread, if I may... 1. Please don't bash homebirth. Those of us who have done it/want to do it know the "risk" or are researching and preparing. 2. Have fun! I'll go ahead and start. I have to say that I LOVE homebirth. It is one of my passions. I've even thought of becoming a midwife. I've had 3 babies at home. Two "land" babies and one "water" baby. All were wonderful healthy births with no complications. My first labor (7lbs. 9 oz.) was 6 hours, my second (9 lbs.) was 12 hours and my last (7lbs. 10 oz.) was about 6 hours of active labor. My kids are 9, 7 (as of today!) and 1. I have to say though, my favorite one was my last. My mother was able to attend her birth, and wasn't at any of the others. It was a really special time with her there along with the fact that my last midwife was my absolute favorite. I used a lay-midwife for my first birth, and nurse-midwives for my last two. If anyone would like more detail of my births, please let me know! Now let's hear yours!