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Want to Watch a Live Home Birth?

By Danielle |

Ever want to see a live home birth for yourself?  And I don’t mean on one of those heavily edited birth programs we have on television that go for shock factor over the actual experience itself?  Then you can tune in this April to the blog of famous internet activist Gina Crosley-Corcoran, also known as The Feminist Breeder.

Her journey into motherhood started years ago with a c-section that turned her into an activist not only for informed consent in childbirth, but real birth options for mothers, especially after having one surgical birth.

I met Gina originally through the International Cesarean Awareness Network, which we both were chapter leaders of at the time. Her in the Chicago area, and myself in Connecticut. Her second son was a vaginal birth after cesarean also known as a VBAC while battling in a hostile hospital setting with providers who were less than supportive once the onset of labor. Her VBAC story and many other posts from her blog The Feminist Breeder have been featured in high profile national publications like The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, and Forbes & Forbes Women.

Gina became pregnant with her third child, which I was actually right there with her when she found out in New York City for the BlogHer conference this passed year… we actually were at a Babble.com party too… how funny is that?  But the most exciting news of all was the opportunity for a high profile blogger to share her experiences of pregnancy, and planning for a home birth with a Certified Nurse Midwife. After the battle she went through for her VBAC in the hospital she knew that it was not a setting she wanted to birth in again.

I personally was excited to see the news, but the excitement turned me into a giddy school girl when this past week she announced that with the help of a friend, she is going to live blog her birth. Meaning photos, videos, and all kinds of live time goodies for her readers, fans, and just anyone on the internet to check out.

I personally was over the moon because as someone who works in the birth community, I find it so hard for women to see what a home birth really looks like, or understand how hands off a birth can be in general. When women get pregnant they tune into the crappy shows on your cable TV channels like One Born Every Minute, and A Baby Story which scared the living crap out of moms. I know that is what happened to me when I got pregnant with my first child. I wish I had the chance to see a real natural childbirth.

Gina explained further that she is publicizing her birth for a couple reasons:

To accurately document every step of this special day in ways that I was never allowed to while birthing in the hospital.

I have a platform and an opportunity to educate.

To show that it doesn’t have to be perfect.

I know many of my readers will be excited to follow along.

All great reasons, and ways to help educate others, and an awesome way for her to use her blog, and popularity for a great message that truly needs to be sent right now.

This also on the heals of the article on social media, and its impact on childbirth in general by Tina Cassidy.  Tina goes on to say:

While that can seem a little wrong, another example of compulsive oversharing in the social-media age, the truth is that in this case, technology is just facilitating the natural order of things. Until about a century ago, births mostly happened at home, with expectant mothers surrounded by their sisters-in-god, or “godsibbs”—the relatives and neighbors who talked their way through birth and gave us the word gossip. These women intuitively knew that their mere presence helped the mother. In fact, studies have shown that mammals get a boost of the “love” hormone oxytocin when they feel protected by those they know, and oxytocin works to speed labor. The opposite happens when they are surrounded by strangers in white coats, which could be why many of those giving birth in a hospital wind up having their labors stall and needing doses of Pitocin, an artificial version of the same hormone, to restart their contractions.

Personally, I plan on tweeting before, during (if I can) and after my daughter is born this time around. I also as Gina have a public platform to share my medically necessary scheduled c-section to help women know that you can make a c-section a positive experience, even though I have had two less than perfect experiences before this delivery.

Social media is truly changing the face of childbirth, and it is something we should use as a platform not only for change, but for education to new mothers who may truly need it.

So, if you are interested in checking out Gina’s Home birth… you can visit TheFeministBreeder.com for more details.

photo: thefeministbreeder.com

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0 thoughts on “Want to Watch a Live Home Birth?

  1. Kate says:

    I’m a frequent reader of TFB and I too am very excited to get to witness the birth of Gina’s daughter. I think what she’s doing is a fantastic service to any and all who are interested in what happens during a real home birth– not the phony, dramatic stuff we see all too often on television.

  2. Juliet says:

    I was at my brother’s birth at home when I was 10, and it gave me a very positive and confident feeling about giving birth. I had my second baby at home in 2009, and my six-year-old daughter was with me. I think this is a great service, to make it possible for people to witness a real home birth. Even home birth videos don’t do it justice.

    At the same time, I wonder how many people will be able to hang in there for the long periods of time when there is no drama, just chatting, then contractions, then snacking, then contractions. I do hope many people will tune in and get a taste of the home birth experience.

  3. Kathy wheatley says:

    I applaud all women who want to have a home birth. My youngest will be 22 this year and I was fortunate to have all 3 of my children at home. I also apprenticed about 40 births in the 80′s before I had my youngest. It is one of the most empowering experiences of my life and I encourage all women to check it out before they plan to have children. May Gina have a very positive experience.

  4. Ursula says:

    @Juliet: I also attended my brother’s home birth when I was 10!

    My preparation was a video of a hospital birth and after my brother was born I knew which way I’d choose one day. I was birthed at home myself. My son’s and daughter’s home births were both so calm and incredible. I feel like we have little access to what to really expect in intervention-free childbirth, few wise women still impart this knowledge as part of our culture, and so this project might expose some young woman to the original way of birthing that is often uncovered subsequent to a traumatic first birth.

  5. Amy Tuteur, MD says:

    Live blogging a homebirth is nothing more than pathetic narcissism.

    Here’s what I suspect Gina’s reasons are for live blogging “her” birth.

    1. She’s a narcissist.
    2. She thinks childbirth is a piece of performance art, and like all performance requires an audience.
    3. She thinks she is the star; the baby isn’t even mentioned as supporting cast.
    4. She’s jealous of the attention showered on the British woman who tweeted her birth and hopes to get some for herself.
    And most importantly:
    5. She’s a narcissist.

    We live in a culture that esteems celebrity above all else. Television is virtually devoted to shows in which average individuals agree to be humiliated for the entertainment of others, and consider their humiliation a small price to pay for their 15 minutes of fame. Since there are so many people willing to do just about anything, the person who is desperate to be noticed has to up the ante.

    Gina is upping the ante so she can get attention. She’s live blogging “her” homebirth (she doesn’t even mention the baby) and its not for our edification; it’s for her ego.

    Of course it may end up being far more edifying that Gina imagines. Hopefully, she won’t illustrate the dangers of homebirth VBAC. I’ve written recently about a woman attempted a VBAC homebirth just a few weeks ago. She spent several days in the ICU after a uterine rupture, and her baby, Vera, is catastrophically brain damaged (hydrocephalus on MRI, minimal brain activity on EEG).

    The birth of a baby is not an opportunity for self-promotion and certainly should not be treated as an opportunity for money making through sponsorship. Only a narcisisst would think that those are appropriate ways to welcome a newborn.

  6. Danielle625 says:

    @Amy – I am not really sure why you feel the need to include what *You* think Gina’s reasons are, because as someone who personally knows Gina, and has worked with her, I know you couldn’t be any more wrong.
    Your off the wall assumptions just show how out of touch you are with modern mothers, and the impact of social media on childbirth.
    Gina and her family are certainly popular, considering they have already been featured on television, but I am sure you don’t know that either because your comments about her have done nothing but show how little you know about her.
    Sadly though, you will use this as something to harp on for the next couple months on your website as a form of attention, and a way to bring attention to yourself like the narcissist you are, yet claim Gina is.
    Gina is using a trained medical professional for her birth, who is also experienced in a hospital setting, and trained to see if there is an issue, although I am sure you will continue to rail on about it because any one who even whispers the words home and birth in the same sentence sent you into such a tizzy you frantically blog about it. In the end, it is not your business or choice. And this further demonstrates your lack of support for mothers to make their own educated decisions on their births.

  7. Maman A Droit says:

    @Amy-look, I’m with you in that I feel homebirths are more dangerous that hospital/birth center births. But instead of vicious personal attacks on someone you don’t know and scaremongering anecdotes, why not supply statistics & studies supporting your position? Your current strategy just makes you look like an irrational jerk, not like an educated woman trying to help women make the safest decisions for themselves and their families.
    You catch more flies with honey.

  8. QoB says:

    Ah, the SOB has shown up already, making unsupported and unreferenced claims again. Gina is definitely a celebrity now!

  9. Gretchen Powers says:

    Wow…for the first time ever I am agreeing with Dr. Amy…that TFB is a total narcissist. But not because she’s choosing a natural, home birth, but, yeah, the live-blogging bit is just one example of her narcissistic behavior. I remember a recent post where she said “I made it to my five-year anniversary” talking about her wedding anniversary. Not “WE made it to OUR…anniversary” but “I made it to MY…” This chick totally thinks she’s the shit, has nothing else to learn and it just this side of unbearable.

  10. Gretchen Powers says:

    Oh, that TV appearance was totally a joke, too…because she lets her toddler son stumble around in her pumps and bakes cookies with her boys, she is raising them “gender free” and this is notable? mmmmkay….most non-blockhead parents do things like that these days…

    1. Danielle625 says:

      Honestly Gretchen, it sounds like you and Amy are more interested in attacking her style of writing than her personally. Just sounds that way to me.

  11. Gretchen Powers says:

    Isn’t it better? It would be kind of mean to attack her *personally*, wouldn’t it? Although a personal blog does sort of reflect ones’ personality, doesn’t it? I agree with alot of the core of TFB’s stuff about natural birth and breastfeeding, but the girl is totally full of herself and has that feminist whineyness of *everything* being someone else’s fault and never expecting women to just take on their own lives and bear some responsibility for their choices, which typically rubs me the wrong way since most women of our generation, unless they grew up in poverty/severely underprivileged, have the tools they need to take care of their business if they do the work.

  12. Geigerin says:

    It’s so easy to tear others down for their personal choices. Typical Tuteur. We should celebrate all choices, from the elective cesarean to the home birth. It’s one thing to share facts about birth. Quite another to personally attack someone for something you don’t agree with.

    If you don’t like it, don’t watch.

  13. Danielle625 says:

    @ Geigerin – Great comment.

  14. Gretchen Powers says:

    Uhm, no…that’s about the stupidest, un-intellectual thing I ever heard. We’re not talking about our favorite sodas, Coke or Pepsi? I won’t celebrate an elective c-section. Not all “choices” are equal and choices do matter…ugh.

    1. Danielle625 says:

      @Gretchen – You do not need to agree, but there are some of us out there that respect women enough to respect their choices when it comes to childbirth, especially if they are truly educated decisions the mothers have researched at length.

  15. Natalie St John says:

    Wow she doesn’t mention the baby?! I had no idea there would be a baby coming out.

  16. Gretchen Powers says:

    One thing I will say is that it probably would be good for many women not familiar with birth to watch Gina’s video. I do think most women are woefully ignorant about birth, homebirth vs hospital birth, etc. and while Gina’s personality may not be my favorite, I have to give her props for putting this out there. Women need more education. Reading books on it would be the first thing they should do, but seeing some actual, live births not sliced and diced by a mainstream show like those on Lifetime or TLC, would probably be beneficial, too. Sorry, Danielle, I’m not willing to believe or give credit that all or even most of the decisions made are truly educated or have been researched at length, because had they been, I don’t believe than an “elective c-section” (this does not include c-sections for medical reasons, or someone not wanting to try for a VBAC–I understand that) would be a decision someone would arrive at for anything but selfish or foolish reasons. But of course, a very, very small percentage of women even make that choice, which makes it an even more ridiculous comment, to include that on the continnuum of choices we’re supposed to accept.

  17. Danielle625 says:

    @Gretchen – I agree that women today are not fully being educated, studies on what women actually know about pregnancy and birth show that most women think that 34 weeks is full term shows a serious need for education. But there are MANY women out there who go above and beyond to educate themselves, and we should respect the choices they make. As much as we may not like the choices some mothers make, we shouldn’t be disrespecting each other no matter how much we disagree.

  18. Geigerin says:

    Thanks, Danielle. :)

    @Gretchen, we absolutely should respect choices in birth. Faced with the exact same information, people will make different choices. We don’t live in a black-and-white world where decisions are made in a vacuum. Personal experience, culture, and family all weigh pretty heavily on what we do with the information we have.

    Studies have shown that even our past beliefs impact our current beliefs. If we learned in school that all birth is very risky, we’re not likely to change that perception. The same is true of folks who grew up in a culture where home birth is the norm. So I think all this mudslinging because someone wants to have a home birth and share the experience is unnecessary.

    Disagree and share facts, but personal attacks are below the belt.

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