No, I’m not having any more babies, but tons of other folks are so that is why I am writing this post. Too make a long story short, my oldest son Coby was born via c-section because he was breech (head up instead of down), my middle son Jaden was my VBAC baby (vaginal birth after a cesarean) and born at a hospital in San Jose, CA. I was thrilled that I was able to have my second child naturally and the recovery compared to having surgery was so much easier. By the time Rowan came around, we were living here in little Chico, CA and things had really changed. All the local hospitals were terrified of lawsuits and the insurance companies that take care of that sort of thing put the hammer down and both of our local hospitals would not and still won’t allow any pregnant woman to attempt a natural child birth if they had undergone a prior c-section. It did not matter that I had already had a second baby naturally and with no complications; I could not even find a doctor who was willing to take me on as a patient once I explained that I did not want to have an unnecessary c-section.
This crazy journey led me down the most amazing path. Desperate to avoid surgery, I started researching the option of a home birth and I found Dena Moes who is a homebirth nurse midwife here in Chico, CA. I was scared, excited, relieved and bewildered that I could not choose how I wanted to have my baby in a hospital but empowered that I could choose to have my baby at home.
Rowan was born in the wee morning hours during a full October moon and although this was a few months before my paleo journey began, it was in some ways a small beginning to my paleo roots. Rowan entered this world in my little cave, in the corner of my bedroom, into the arms of my husband, with my attentive, caring and supportive midwife and doula standing by.
For those of you mamas to be out there who might be experiencing a similar situation to my own, or mamas who are interested in exploring the option of a homebirth I suggest you visit the beautiful and inspiring blog of my midwife, Dena. Her latest post is a story similar to my own and she shares invaluable and inspiring information for all parents-to-be.
Dena Moes RN, MSN, CNM is a homebirth midwife in Chico, California and surrounding communities. She has been involved with birth since 1993, and has worked in both home and hospital over the years. Dena is the mother of two homebirthed daughters and shares her life with Adam Moes, L.Ac., a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She is a writer, musician, dancer, and a passionate advocate for gentle birth, natural parenting, and all things life-affirming and sustainable.