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Home Childbirth: Pictures of a Mother’s Experience

Centuries ago, home birth was the norm. Women never had access to physicians or hospitals. When a woman began to experience labour signs, a midwife or nurse-midwife was summoned. The midwife would assist the expectant mother get through child birth in her home surrounded by family and loved ones.

Contemporary medicine has shunned home childbirth due to the complications that could arise outside the hospital. But in recent times, women have began to embrace this old practice. It is said that a ‘natural’ childbirth strengthens the bond between mother, father and child. Also, women trust and believe that birth is a normal, healthy process which should be experienced in the comfort of ones home.

Recently, I came across a woman on Facebook who told the story of her home childbirth through pictures. I was struck by the amount of love and emotion each picture portrayed. I decided to share her story here and you too might nurture the thought of maybe giving birth at home too.

Contractions became closer and more intense
Contractions became closer.
closer than before
More intense.
With Midwife. Quick check.
Quick check.
A husband that supports you is all that really matters
A husband that supports you is all that really matters

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Checking for dilation

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Joy, bundle of happiness
Joy, bundle of happiness

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The world through his eyes.
The world through his eyes.
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Changing Diapers in a Restaurant; How Appropriate?

So we all love babies (though there are always a few people who are not crazy about babies). How do you feel about moms changing baby diapers in a public eating place?

This topic was sparked by an incident in a restaurant where a group of family friends went to for lunch. So what do you think about whether it is appropriate for a baby’s diaper to be changed at the dining table or in the restaurant (or as a matter of fact anywhere people are eating)?

The baby has a dirty diaper or has soiled his/her diaper and its needs to be changed as soon as possible. It does happen and moms get into arguments with restaurant managers etc who ask them to leave the premises if they must change the diapers.

Changing diapers is a messy situation we all know. The smell, the inconvenience of having to keep the useless diaper somewhere (some might even keep it on a seat someone will seat on later, urgggghhh) and the chances that people around are going to be giving you very angry or uncomfortable glances.

Is it admissible, given the hygiene implications?

Let us know what you think..