Category: homebirth

The role of a midwife

The role of a midwife

Birth stories are always a lovely thing to read because it gives you the opportunity to hear about someone’s transformative experience during childbirth as you recollect your own. Back in the olden days of the interwebs, written stories were all…

The best birthday gift ever

The best birthday gift ever

Eight years ago, I gave birth to my first daughter. She was greatly anticipated well before her arrival. You see, when I met my husband Michael, he was already the father to a little boy. Then, we got married and…

If the FDA seizes birthing tubs, then my kids will have nowhere to swim

If the FDA seizes birthing tubs, then my kids will have nowhere to swim

When it’s hot outside and the chil’rens need relief, they jump in the pool to cool off. Now, you might be envisioning a lush blue swimming pool complete with lounge chairs and palm trees, since I’m in Southern California and…

“Yes, I chose a home birth.”

“Yes, I chose a home birth.”

It doesn’t take much to get me on my homebirth soapbox. I will readily jump up there and speak because having your baby at home safely and peacefully is something I’ve always felt very passionate about. I’m over at both…

Happy birthday, my Lovie.

Happy birthday, my Lovie.

Last night, on the eve of her 5th birthday, Xixi and I cuddled together and I got to retell her favorite story: the night she was born. Or I should say early morning, because she was born at 2:33 in…

Why I could never be a nurse.

Why I could never be a nurse.

I’ve discovered I’m no good in a crisis situation. Over the years I’ve developed a queasy stomach for blood and guts. Literally, when I think of a bloody injury, I feel lightheaded, my knees get shaky and my butt quivers….

Remembering a loss.

Remembering a loss.

Sadly, a loved one of mine suffered a miscarriage about a month ago. She’d been waiting to get pregnant for several years, to add another child to a family of three. But then to have it taken away just seemed…

My Lovey is 3!

My Lovey is 3!

It was my baby girl’s 3rd birthday on Saturday. The night before, I sat in the room where she was born and contemplated her birth…the emotions, the smells, the sounds, how she felt in my arms when she first came…

What’s in your freezer?

What’s in your freezer?

There is one strange fact about me–besides having a tribe of chil’rens–that I love to toss out to people so they can get all freaked out. I have my daughter’s placenta in the freezer. It’s 100% true. I also have…

The Wisdom of Solomon and Homebirth

The Wisdom of Solomon and Homebirth

Time for another birthday in the Cortes household. I know, I know, you are thinking dang, they must celebrate a birthday every month! We don’t, actually. September just happens to be a double birthday month for us. All it means…