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20 Reasons to Love Home Birth

Oh home birth, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: 1. You don’t have to wonder when is the right time to leave. “Contractions are 3 minutes apart.. is it time to go?!” 2. You don’t have to worry about an overly germy environment or super-bugs. No one wants HA-MRSA *shudders* 3. You can eat and drink freely. “I need a fried egg sandwich..now!” 4. You can wear your own clothes or no clothes at all. One of…

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Obtaining a Birth Certificate & Social Security Card for Home Birth Babies

Obtaining a birth certificate and social security number for your born at home baby is usually a simple process. In Kentucky, this is done in each county through the Vital Statistics Registrar at the county health department. In general, the process involves filling out a “mother’s worksheet” and a “facility worksheet,” as well as providing certain pieces of “evidence” (more on that below). These forms are not available online, although your midwife will often have this form for you. If…

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Why I (Initially) Said NO! To Home Birth: A Dad’s Journey

The answer all of us, at some point, have given without further discussion: NO! Why is that? My best assessment is because it’s easy. It’s the path of least resistance. Instead of stepping outside of our comfort zone, we resign ourselves to the fact that it’s just easier to avoid or disregard the issue at hand. Now, this answer is perhaps the single most negative syllable in our language and it is certainly the most complex to dissect, because there…

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