by Susan H. Stempel
The Birth of Seth Edward
The phone rang early that morning. It was Alix. She was in the early stages of her third pregnancy and we were all a little on edge because she miscarried a year ago. Her first pregnancy produced our now eight year-old Noah.
“Mom, I’m thinking about having a home birth this time. You know, using a midwife. But I would only do it if every thing is okay.”
This is not a birth story that I thought would be mine. When I became pregnant with our second child, I assumed I would have a hospital birth, as I did with our first. It was not a good experience, but I had not allowed myself to consider other options. After a previous early miscarriage, I was on pins and needles for the first trimester and wanted to see if this would be a go. The blessed second trimester mark passed, and I began to research birth on the internet.