DawningLife Midwifery

Experienced homebirth midwives serving Metro-Atlanta and North Georgia families for over 35 years!

Jac 7/17/08 and Jake 12/15/12


Back in 2007 when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, an acquaintance that lived in Florida told me all about her water births. I then did a lot of research and bought several books and decided from that point I would seek out a natural pregnancy and birth. Of course, at that point I didn't know that you weren't "allowed" to have a home birth in GA. And the OB/GYN I had at that time did not have those same feelings about even a "natural" birth. In fact, she told me her sister had a home birth and she is now estranged from her (very sad). She also proceeded to tell me a few medical fibs like the epidural doesn't get to the fetus, etc. Which was later referenced in the PDR as being completely untrue. So after that appointment, I stopped by a local herb shop and asked them about midwives. I figured they'd know about natural birth and possibly know a local midwife.

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Iris Neoma Homebirth

Saturday, June 20th, I was feeling radiant. Hot and exhausted. But Radiant all the same! I took my 5 year old daughter to a birthday party, at which nearly everyone asked when the baby was due (of course). I responded to almost everyone who asked~ “ last Wednesday, but I’m having the baby tomorrow.” I was ready. It just seemed right that the baby should come. My best friend had been telling me for months that the baby would be born on her birthday (June 21st). Anyway, we left the birthday party and went to a cookout at my folks place where I picked a bunch of green beans and continued to insinuate that the baby would be born tomorrow. “Bye, see you at the pool tomorrow unless I’m having a baby!”

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Benjamin Homebirth

Before you read this very candid account of Benjamin’s birth, you should know that it was the most wonderful, amazing experience of my life. I’m honest about the pain in my story, but readers should know that I would do it again in a heartbeat.

On 11/10, 5-7 days before my EDD, I woke up at 3:17 a.m. for my usual “wee hour of the morning” trip to the potty. I realized as I returned to bed that I had some menstrual-like cramping. It was coming and going, so I was sure that I was starting the labor process and got very excited. I woke Matt and told him, and also reassured him that he should go back to sleep since we had no idea what the coming day would bring.

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