Maya Juniper Rose Arrives!

Magical Child of the Universe

Magical Child of the Universe

Hello beautiful people! I know you have just been dying for word, but I’ve been staring at my new love non-stop for 10 days now. Besides, the computer is waaay on the other side of the room and my body has needed some time off from sitting in a chair!

So, this is going to be a brief update with a more elaborate birth story and reflections to follow as time and googly eyes allow.

So. Maya Juniper Rose was born August 24th, 2009 at exactly 10am in the morning after exactly 17 hours of being in labor. Which sounds like a long time, but didn’t seem that long.

She was born at home (on purpose), in water, surrounded by the most amazing birth support team a gal could ask for. Some of ya’ll are gonna hate me, but YES it was a painless birth, with the exception of the legendary “ring of fire” and sudden arrival of Maya’s head, which did hurt, but oh-so-briefly. No, I did not experience an orgasmic birth, but a couple of the ladies on the birthing team joke that they almost had one it was such an amazing experience!

Little Miss Maya Juniper is perfect, btw. She’s pink and sweet, we’ve been breastfeeding like champions and her disposition is just so chill and charming. A Virgo with Libra Moon & Ascendant, for those who are into astrology.

Now onto what you’ve all been waiting for: PICTURES!! Two options available.

Option One: Check out this photo album of Maya Juniper Rose taken with my own camera, which I will continue to upload photos to as I take em.

Option Two: A slideshow of the entire homebirth experience by professional photographer Cristy Nielsen. (She also captured my pregnant self here.) A must watch for most everyone*, except the modest-minded amongst us, as I am in my birthday suit.

*Some notes on the slideshow: I am forever grateful to Cristy who volunteered her talents to capture these images in a tribute to the homebirth movement. As a passionate advocate of homebirth, I share this slideshow with everyone as a gift to what is possible, hopefully opening this birthing option up to you or someone you love for exploration.

These images bring up strong emotions for almost everyone. For women who have not yet birthed or have experienced their own special birth, these images are empowering and inspirational. Some women who were unable to have the birth they wanted may find these images bring up a lot of emotions. Most men have been really touched & educated about what a normal & beautiful process this can be. Some dudes who work with me or are related to me might prefer to skip the slideshow, but to their loss as there ain’t nothing more natural than a woman giving birth to a goddess!

If you need to decide if the slideshow is for you: I am naked (boobs & fanny folks), there are NO “crotch shots” as Maya was born in water, and the only blood is towards the end when viewing the placenta.

After viewing, please feel free to come back here & leave your impressions.

C-sections, birth costs up in Central Florida

Four out of every 10 babies born at Central Florida’s three busiest hospital maternity wards entered the world last year without a single push — twice as many as in 2000.

New state numbers for July 2007-June 2008 released in May show the rates of cesarean sections at Orlando Health’s Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Florida Hospital’s main downtown Orlando campus and its Winter Park Memorial Hospital nearly doubled in the past eight years, but also are above state and national averages.

The data showed 222,814 total births in Florida last year, with 39 percent of deliveries done by C-section, up from 26 percent in 2000.

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Rocket Fuel Chemical in Most Powdered Infant Formula

WASHINGTON – April 2 – Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that 15 brands of powdered infant formula are contaminated with perchlorate, a rocket fuel component detected in drinking water in 28 states and territories. The two most contaminated brands, made from cow’s milk, accounted for 87 percent of the U.S. powdered formula market in 2000, the scientists said. Read more.

Note from Julie: This means the COWS are contaminated & anything you eat from a cow is tainted to. Time to consider dropping the cow habit!

Update: Much more complex issue than just baby formula, see comments for this post.