Oliver’s Birth Story (Baby #5!)

The weeks and days leading up to Oliver’s birth were a whirlwind.  We had only returned from 3 months of traveling/working/living in Europe 8 weeks before. Right on the tails of that, we were trying hard to finish up the homeschool year, do some decluttering around the house, and run two huge work events, right up to the week I was due.  And oh yes. Get ready to have a baby. Right.  My preparations were more meager than with other births. I did manage to […]

5 Practices of Natural Mothering

Please note that today’s post is not intended to make any mother feel “unnatural” or that this way of mothering is “better” than or superior to other ways. I am friends with plenty of mothers who do not chose these practices, and many of them are much better mothers than I am! This post is simply to educate moms new to natural living about several aspects of what comprises “natural motherhood.” By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I first became a mom nearly five years […]

Our Experience with Newborn Chiropractic Care and Why You Should Consider It

Guest Post by Wardeh Harmon of GNOWFGLINS I gave birth to my son Mikah, my third child, at home in 1999. He cried quite a bit, so we wondered if he might be in some kind of pain. He had several issues from birth, which made things all the more confusing. One of them was itchy eczema from head to toe (that’s another story for another day). But that seemed unrelated to a noticeable neck weakness. He couldn’t hold his head up straight, nor could […]

Kepler’s Birth Story: Water, Water, Everywhere

Seems that I have a pattern of prodromal labor and going late. My babies don’t seem late, though, nor do they get too large, so I think I’ve learned that I can easily let them bake away for an extra week or two with no concern. That said, I get impatient and very uncomfortable at the end and the prodromal labor wears me out (though my hubby tries to remind me that it makes my labors shorter and easier when they do happen, and I’m […]

OB or Midwife: Finding the Birth Provider that Works for You

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer If you’re expecting a baby (or hope to sometime in the future)–especially for the first time–your mind is probably spinning with questions. What supplements should you take? Should you exercise while pregnant? What’s the best pregnancy diet? And, of utmost importance, who should oversee your prenatal care and ultimately deliver your baby? Should you see an OB or midwife? And how do you find a birth provider that works for you? These are questions no one should take lightly. But […]

A Comparison of Birthing Settings: Home, Hospital and Birthing Center Births

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer With all this talk of birthing babies around here at Keeper of the Home, I asked Stephanie if I could compare three common birth settings: home, hospital and birthing center births.* Whereas a home birth may seem the most natural choice for natural mamas, all three settings have their pros and cons and should be compared, evaluated and prayed through thoroughly before making a decision on where to birth your baby.  Image by eyeliam Home Birth The most natural setting of all […]

Natural Ways to Recover from Pregnancy

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Post-pregnancy, there’s a lot going on.  You have a brand-new baby to get to know, learn to breastfeed, and care for.  You still have your home and possibly other children that need care.  And of course, there’s the physical recovery from pregnancy.  I always thought it seemed a little unfair that I was expected to be fully responsible for a tiny person when I was physically drained from pregnancy, labor, and birth!  (Although after three babies, the real drain […]

Baby Boy is Here!

Some of you may have seen the announcement on Facebook late last week, but just to make it official… Our newest son was born at home on Wednesday, February 15th at 9:07pm! A birth story with more details is coming, but to satisfy at least a little bit of curiosity in the meantime, he weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was just over 20 inches long. He was supposed to be born in the water, but it didn’t exactly work out that way, but not for […]