We are venturing into another home birth! I have ordered all my birth supplies from Birth & Beyond, and that reminds me...I need to program both Ben and my cell phones with our midwife's phone number...that would be a good thing NOT to forget. :) I'll be right back...
Hats off to my dear cousin, Krista and her husband Delchi who just recently experienced their first successful home birth! Congratulations to them on the birth of their darling baby girl, Sabria Joy! Visit their blog to see pictures of their new blessing.
My friend, Rebekah Knapp, is a midwife from Karlstad, MN, and she was recently mentioned in the Grand Forks Herald in an article entitled, "Whoa Baby!" Here are a few interesting facts I read in this informative article:
The percentage of Minnesota women who have midwives attend their birth nearly has doubled since 1990 but still remains a small percentage of total births (8.5 percent in 2006), according to a preliminary state vital statistics report.
In 2006, certified nurse-midwives delivered 347 babies in North Dakota and 6,174 babies in Minnesota [Elianna was one of them!].
Nationally, the rate of Cesarean-sections has climbed to an all-time high, with 1.25 million C-sections performed in 2005, accounting for 30.2 percent of all births that year, according to the most recent report produced by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Minnesota residents had a stable C-section rate from 1990 to 1998, averaging 17.7 percent of total births each year. Beginning in 1999, there has been a gradual but steady increase to a little more than 25 percent of all births in 2006. North Dakota vital statistics show that of the 9,792 total birth events in 2006, nearly 27 percent arrived by C-section.
Two-thirds of C-sections are pre-planned rather than chosen after labor begins.
Ok, is it just me, or is this cartoon hilarious?! I laughed so hard sitting here all by myself - either because it really is that funny or it's almost midnight and I'm really tired...
Ben's gone tonight painting at our new house, so I'm waiting for him to get home...he won't let me help him paint. Which leads me to posting this next cartoon...
Ha Ha Ha Ha! Ahem, sorry, I'll go to bed now...good night.