When you think about your upcoming homebirth, how do you feel? Excited about meeting your baby? Prepared to embrace the experience of labor? What about…. Scared out of your mind of the pain?
This week we are speaking with Kelli Ingram, a mama who has decided that after having 4 lovely epidural births in the hospital, she’s bringing it home…. Though she’s the first to tell you that she’s terrified of the pain. This week’s episode is a little different, as Kelli won’t be sharing her homebirth story— because she hasn’t had her baby yet! She’s sharing her experience as a hospital-loving mother who turned to homebirth so that her family could be involved even amidst the pandemic restrictions. So Kelli and I go through some discussion of mindset, some options and plans for her preparation…. And then we wait. We’ll be doing a follow-up episode with Kelli after her baby is born in August. I’m so excited to hear how this all plays out in real time.
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I am so excited for this super unique opportunity! I can’t wait for Kelli to come back on the podcast after diving into HHA, and after giving birth to her precious new babe. It will be such a blast to learn how her preparations went, how she felt as birth arrived, and how she feels after the experience.
As we head into this week’s episode roundup, one point sticks out to me the most, and it’s what I want to focus on now. Kelli loved her hospital births. She enjoyed receiving an epidural, and she didn’t feel traumatized by any of her experiences. In fact, it seems that the choice to switch to homebirth care was the most difficult of all, because she had no complaints about the hospital!
This is just a reminder that the simple hospital=bad narrative isn’t the whole story. Mothers can enjoy that experience and find great empowerment in it. It’s refreshing to hear a perspective like Kelli, who has no qualms with her previous births, even though she’s doing something different this time.
Like I said before, I’m excited that she’s taking us all on this journey with her, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
Okay my friends, that’s all I’ve got for you for today. Before you hop off, would you take a screenshot of this episode and share it on your instagram stories? Tag @happyhomebirthpodcast and tell me your favorite takeaway from this episode! And I’ll see you back here next week.