My Birth Story: How I fetched my son from the Stars and brought him back with me to Earth.

Thank you to our calm and happy newborn, I get to write our birth story earlier than expected. We didn’t even have a hard time at all: we are still reading books, watching movies at night, cooking, cleaning, and basically going on about our daily lives as if nothing changed except that there’s three of us now. We don’t look like a sleepless mess like most predicted and experienced, we are just simply overwhelmed with this blessing! We already love him before he was born, and now we can’t even express how much we love him even more.

It seems as if there’s been a baby boom everywhere (or is it just me and my circle of friends?!) and my still pregnant friends are itching to hear more birth stories. So before I tell you mine, I would like you to remember that this is MY BIRTH STORY, I am writing this as how I remember experiencing it. I am even aware that I have forgotten so many details as I am coming in and out of consciousness during labor, and most of what you are about to read came back to me only after our lovely Midwife Isa started asking questions whether I knew doing so and so at that time, then I managed to recall. (Big thanks to her detailed notes; I’ve managed to match her timed notes with the events in my head so I can write this blog). It’s like a flashback, you don’t thoroughly remember and everything is a blur, but then once you are given tiny information about it, then it comes back to you. I hope this will help you make a decision towards what kind of birth you’d like to have, what not to expect, and nothing more but guide you. You will have your own wonderful birth, and YOUR BIRTH STORY will just be as special to you no matter what.

Birth Is Birth

Birth Is Birth: Birth Without Fear

Unlike my easy and graceful pregnancy (not having a horrible first trimester, no hormone-rage days towards daddy-to-be, no puking, etc.), finding a birthing place didn’t come easy for us. Amongst everything we mutually like, Craig and I have the most interest on traveling, both of us intentionally made the decision not to own a house nor stay put in one location, and because of this we had a hard time deciding where to birth, plus 3 more reasons: having several options where to birth (it is true, options can be very unpleasant if given too many!), that of a visa approval, and lastly, if we can find a midwife available to support us wherever we ended up. I can honestly say that this is the only stress I’ve had during my pregnancy but it sure burned so much time I could’ve had preparing for my dream birth. Although, because of that, we managed to have a babymoon trip for 3weeks, escaping the city where we stayed for the whole second trimester and went to two different islands daddy-to-be has not been to yet. Someone even wrote me after reading my previous blog about tips on preparation, asking me if she still has enough time to do it since she was already on her 30th week of gestation, so I assured her that this is not a problem, we only started settling in during my 31st week. What saved us, I think, is that we were both certain ever since finding out we were pregnant that we wanted a natural birth, no time was wasted and we started reading and researching on homebirth, water birth, and full-lotus birth.

Happy Easy Breezy Pregnancy <3

Happy Easy Breezy Pregnancy

Here is a link to my previous blog to help you with your preparation: 7 Tips for your Home Birth preparation – What we did to prepare for our Little FeetS arrival

My labor practically began on the 1st day of my due date “window” (window means 3 weeks before and 2 weeks after the due date where you may possibly give birth), I started to feel contractions on my upper back just below the rib then shifting to my lower back, Craig gave me a massage as usual and it made the pressure feel more tolerable, but since it was too early and contraction didn’t really last long, we knew it was just “practice labor”, I took a hot shower and went to bed. The next day it was gone and I went back to my big belly life.   Three days after that, our Midwife Isa came over to see us for a belly check and to see our birthing hut that we built specially for the big day. Everything was great and perfect, Isa even managed to sneak out and not tell me about the baby’s size being bigger than his age, in which I understand her reason of not trying to put “fear” during these last days and might affect my birthing process. She is awesome like that!

Visit from Midwife Isa

Visit from Midwife Isa

She left us shortly after the check up and we prepared for bed. Around 9pm I started to feel contractions again, we went on with the massage routine, long deep breaths, and got onto the all fours position to ease the pressure – in our minds, it was still very early. I was only 37+4 weeks that night and we don’t expect our son to come out until September. I was hoping to have at least two more weeks with my heavy but lovely belly. Contractions didn’t stop this time, it went through the whole night until the next day but the interval was still from 15-30mins, so we just hoped it would go away again soon. That morning I took another hot shower and we decided to just keep in touch with Midwife Isa and keep her updated.

The following night around 8pm, the pressure started to feel more significant; this time it was 10-15mins intervals. We’ve brushed the thought of birthing earlier than my due date so many times – this one included – but as time passed, I haven’t gotten any sleep and starting to get tired. At 2am on a Saturday, I had to ask Craig to prepare the birth hut…

~~ As promised, I will also tell you about our misadventures. ~~

Call it coincidence, but more challenge came our way when it was time to prepare for the birth; Everything was running smooth every single day but when the big day came, lots of things didn’t work and some planned emergency back ups wasn’t available.

1st: We chose to rent this apartment within a beautiful farm/compound my Aunt Diana owns (she has a very good heart and even allowed us to build anything we want in it – hence the “birthing hut”). One of the most important reason we chose this place is that they have solar power that could run the whole compound as long as the sun is feeling generous, what happened? It broke the day before; only because a lizard (!!!) got in and manage to short circuit a Php60,000- machine. A lizard…

2nd: There was a storm coming in that day and it’s been raining lots for a couple of days already. As expected, the very unreliable electricity provider in Puerto Princesa, Palawan is doing its usual power cut-offs and electricity failures. That’s main power and solar power down that day! And we thought we would be saved by the solar.

3rd: This day just happened to be my Aunt Diana’s Mother’s Birthday too, so they had plans of going to town and celebrate her special day with family, which for us meant, no emergency vehicle for back up in case we needed to run to the hospital. So we started calling other back ups.

4th: Plus she wanted to be there for the birth but had a hunch that she would be away when it happens. And around 4 people dreamt about me giving birth the day before (Oma Ingrid, Aduh, June and Aunt Diana). How cool is that? So, it was literally just Craig, Midwife Isa, and I inside the compound. We came to realize in the end that this was actually perfect because we had a very calm space and there were no other feelings (doubts or excitement) to influence my birth process aside from us three. It was as if he planned all this.

5th: It was super early… he was at gestation 37+5weeks only. We are a very intuitive couple and we believe in synchronicity, somehow we read too much about a Virgo baby and it just so happened that our son hurried out to be a Leo. We now sometimes call him “baby cub”.   Also, both of us were worried that he is not yet a “full term” baby, but Midwife Isa assured us that he is a healthy baby boy and everything was almost full term. That he came out early because if he didn’t, he is such a big baby that I probably wouldn’t have my dream birth and end up needing a sliced belly. Big thanks again to my beautiful son for this!

~~ Things might not always go as planned but they sure ended up as it should. ~~

Back on the birth story…

Craig went ahead to the birthing hut: started pumping on the air bed, lighting my candles, setting up my labor music playlist, taping my affirmations on the walls, unpacking our waterbirth kit on the table, and last but not least, filling up the pool with water. Since there was no electricity, we used head torch and candles the whole time; he also started boiling water on big pots in the kitchen. He was very eager to “practice” setting up the birthing hut like it’s a drill, he thought it’d be a good practice and see how long it takes to set up the place in “worse case scenario”. As for me, I jumped in the pool almost immediately and was on hot compress the whole night. We obviously think that we were still on “false labor” (and of course what do I know about that?!) and that with a hot bath it will go away. It’s been a long night and since I was so desperate to get some sleep, I managed to doze off on the pool for a bit while he was busy timing himself on everything. By this time things started to become blurry, I have no sense of time and all I could think of was the pressure and my breath.   It went on.

Our Birthing Hut

Our Humble Yet Awesome Birthing Hut

That morning around 6am, I remember coming back to my senses and made a trip to the toilet, I tried to pee but there wasn’t much until I noticed the gel brownish tinge on my bikini, which is the mucus plug. I rushed back out and told Craig to start reporting to Midwife Isa again, I would usually do it myself, but all I wanted to do then is concentrate on my contractions because I was already super tired. Again, we all brushed it off and wanted to wait longer before asking Isa to come. Mucus plug as I’ve read (like labor) can take from days to weeks until actual labor. So Craig and Midwife Isa coordinated with each other from here on and arranged a pick up for her to be dropped off at our place. By 7:30am things changed: contractions felt stronger, there was an intense feeling on my lower back as if I am constipated and I need to go and poop, plus the brownish gel mucus plug has now turned into a deep red color which is a good sign of real labor. I was advised to go back and try to relax and get some rest, and Midwife Isa will be picked up and be on her way by 10am, we all agreed.

Finally she arrived, it was 10:30am and first thing she did was checked on me, she didn’t say anything to me and just asked me to rest, but I do remember her telling Craig “Congratulations, this is now Birth!” and that labor won’t go away…

Our lovely and amazing midwife Isa giving me a massage during labor.

Our lovely and amazing midwife Isa giving me a massage during labor.

In spite of being genuinely tired and sleepless, I was comfortable (labor pressure aside). I had inflatable pillows in the pool that let me doze off every contraction breaks. This time it is only 5-10mins intervals. It was a routine of lying down on my side, squatting and all fours during contractions, and passing out during breaks. Again, there was no time and everything is a blur. All I know is that during contractions, I was active and awake.

mommy's feetS ;) inside the pool... i looked like sleeping but you can see contractions spelled all over my foot.

mommy’s feetS 😉 inside the pool… i looked like sleeping but you can see contractions spelled all over my foot.

Passing out every contraction breaks

Passing out every contraction breaks

One of the early photos as I was going through actual labor and had no clue it wasn't false labor anymore

One of the early photos as I was going through actual labor and had no clue it wasn’t false labor anymore

By 12:30nn, I went to the toilet again, pee wasn’t much again but the pressure has now intensified even more and it went all over my hips: from lower back to side hips to pelvis, the worse part is that of a poopy feeling that wont go away.   Went back in the pool and I was reminded to eat – this is every important because you will need food and rest to gain back energy, specially when it’s time to push – so I asked for some bananas and held it for maybe 1hour, contractions can be very distracting. (Again, I don’t know exactly how long it has been since I don’t have any sense of time, I was just reminded by Craig about it because I have forgotten to eat it and has been on my hand long enough).

Blur, blur, blur, it was like a dream on clouds and I am guessing it’s the natural birth hormones taking over and its coming in quite strong for someone who had not had any sleep or food for a while. 2:30pm, as Midwife Isa timed it, the contractions have now progressed to every 5minutes. I don’t know why but I had the urge to remove my bikini bottom and not worry about it by the time I needed to push. After 30minutes I actually started pushing, I tried to do it every contraction but there was nothing. All there is was some tiny bits of poop that they had to fish out of the pool! (Don’t worry about this when you do, your baby won’t be able to come out unless shit comes out first. Hahaha!).

Midwife Isa refilling my hot compress <3

Midwife Isa refilling my hot compress

Craig giving me back rubs every contractions

Craig giving me back rubs every contractions

Exhausted, my head is starting to mess up and making me want to ask Isa more questions like “is this normal?” or “why has it been too long?” or “am I doing it right?”… I finally had worries. It was a constant battle in my head; every contraction comes doubt then after comes courage as I brush the thoughts away and trust the process my body and my baby are going through.

I am not going to lie, I really felt like giving up, not because I was scared but more of I had no clue what was going on as its my first time to birth and I was super tired. The only memory I have are during contractions and the breaks are mostly me losing it to sleep. For sure it helped me in the end, but having no sleep during the days prior made it hard. I do recall feeling dazed after some contractions and trying to focus on 1 or 2 affirmation photos on the wall to give me more courage. And every time I look at Midwife Isa in the eye, hesitating, yet dying to ask her about my doubts, she just gives me a huge smile and would not say a word, and then I knew I just have to try again and trust myself. This is how I felt but according to Craig and Midwife Isa, I was nailing the birth so well and that I was so secure during the entire process. They had no clue about my doubts. It helped a lot that Craig was there the entire time preparing everything and at the same time giving me back rubs and kisses.

Breathing my way through every contractions

Breathing my way through every contractions

3:50pm Midwife Isa gave me a “power drink’ concoction because I asked for toast with honey and ended up just holding it again and forgetting about it during contractions. She knew I needed to take something to help me push, considering I was already wilted from exhaustion. I was told later on that it had cloves, cinnamon, ginger and honey on water to give me a boost of energy. I chugged everything in one go since it tasted really good.

Heavy Breaths, Low Energy, Wiping my Face Ready to Beg for Help

Heavy Breaths, Low Energy, Wiping my Face Ready to Beg for Help

Heavy rain outside and it has been more than 12hours now, I am about to pass out and breathing heavily. I would rub my face and look at Craig blankly as he strokes my back and my forehead. They didn’t know what was going on inside my head; at the brink of power outage, about to pass out completely. So slowly I stroked my belly and started talking to my son inside my belly… “Please help me out here, I am very tired now!”… Then Isa asked, “Do you want to go to the shower and freshen up?!” Isa suggested. Here comes Midwife Isa AGAIN, suggesting things that I am thinking of, she’s a mind reader – I’ve concluded. So again I agree and told her AGAIN, “I was just thinking that!”… She even gave me a cue to pop my “water bag”, just kidding! It just so happened that she asked me to tell her when I feel a “ploop” action coming out of my vagina and it happened exactly a few minutes after that. I just went “OOOH! My water bag broke, that was it!”

Exhaustion creeping in, but he was always there for me, that's how we made it.

Exhaustion creeping in, but he was always there for me, that’s how we made it.

Talking to our son inside the womb so we can all work as a team and finally see him

Talking to our son inside the womb so we can all work as a team and finally see him

Coming in and out of consciousness

Coming in and out of consciousness – I called it TRANCE 😉

What she didn’t tell me – because she’s an awesome midwife who’s let me do my own process instead of telling me what to expect – is that she already touched my son’s head and that it is the cause of swelling on my pelvic floor. So 5:20pm, I stood up, had a little trouble feeling my awkward hips, then stormed my way to the bathroom as if it was nothing. Craig followed me in the shower immediately while Midwife Isa, so hungry and was on a raw food diet, swallowed my uneaten toast whole. Hahaha! We did skip meals the whole day, you know!

I turned on the shower and the water heater (thank God electricity is back!), as soon as the hot water hits my spine, I started having the urge to push! I went on a squat position holding onto Craig with both our arms crossed, and then somehow ended up on kneeling position. I tried saving what’s left of my energy and just kneeled in the shower while Craig continued to hold my arms in pulling position. 5:40pm A rush of energy coming back, it felt like what we call “second wind”, and powerful contractions telling me to push. It was so strong and I finally felt that something was actually happening and opening. And this time, clouds were gone; I can remember clearly what went on. Craig still holding me looked down and started calling “IiiiiSSSaaaA!” (He didn’t panic but his cry for Isa was noticeably loud and long). Midwife Isa came in to check on us with the confession of eating my toast afterwards, I giggled a bit and then went back on labor mode. She then asked me “Choc… would you like to give birth HERE?” And strongly I said (together with contraction) “YeeeEsSSSs!” … She kneeled down and went for a look; she said the head is already visible and that I should only push with the contraction to save energy. Somehow she knew I was pushing more than the urge with contractions, I got excited that finally something was happening. 5:44pm I was already crowning and I FELT IT, and I still remember how it feels; it was a mixture of expanding pressure and exciting relief. I can’t wait to see him.   Midwife Isa then asked me if I can go and switch from kneeling down with knees apart to an asymmetric squatting position, – for better opening, visibility, and help the head come out during crowning – I quickly replied “No” (still moaning with contractions), and then she jokingly said, “It will be faster”… So without a word, I lifted my left leg and planted my left foot down. It didn’t take long, and I am certain it didn’t go further than 4 pushes! 5:46pm his head finally came out! As eager as me, after his head came out, he swooshed out of me and didn’t twist his body as supposed. His body came flying out after his head finally made its way.


Meeting “CHASE” for the first time ❤ LOVE BEFORE FIRST SIGHT

Not the first latch, but the first full breastfeeding session with mom

Not the first latch, but the first full breastfeeding session with mom

We lifted him onto my chest while daddy Craig wrapped us in a towel. He also tried to latch for breastfeeding almost immediately. I sat down on a stool and just hugged Craig and Chase (our son – little feetS’ name!) so tight. With a quick check, Midwife Isa noticed that Chase had a little bump on the left side of his head, we then concluded that it took him quite sometime to come out because his head was tilted to the side of my pelvis and couldn’t find the opening until maybe I stood up and walked to the shower and then it went very fast for him afterwards. (Just a conclusion…)

He is very healthy, active, and was already equipped with good breathing when he came out, a big boy indeed. After 30mins, his “twin” the placenta came out, we did the process of full-lotus birth, which meant not cutting the umbilical chord, and kept him attached to it until it falls off on its own. We decided to store it on a bamboo steamer and followed instructions for full lotus birth. The chord stopped beating after a few minutes, Chase has officially gotten all the nutrient and support his twin placenta could’ve given him. We gave it a good rinse, laid it on good absorbing cloths, sprinkled salt all over it and gave it a few drops of essential oils. I must admit, it was a pain to take care of Chase and breastfeeding him while he was attached to the placenta. I was healing and have to be extra careful not to pull the chord too far from the placenta that it might snap off. And just as I was contemplating to cut it, it finally came off hours after. It took the chord exactly 3days to fall off. After it fell, I started crying, feeling so guilty of even thinking of cutting it. To think that the placenta was nourishing Chase inside me for almost 9months and it was only 3 days and I was already being mean to it. Craig thought it was funny and cute. I did feel the changes with Chase when it fell off, and obviously I also felt sad. Initially we were planning to encapsulate the placenta and keep it in our medicine cabinet, but due to many reasons we changed our minds and decided to give it a nice ceremony instead. I wrote a letter and bury it in the compound with the Moringga (Malunggay) tree on top of it. This way we gave it a proper ceremony and we can give back to the place we give birth by planting such nutritious tree with Chase’ placenta.

A little ceremony we did for the placenta. We said our goodbyes, lit a candle, and planted it in the backyard with a moringga (malungay) tree on top of it. May it nourish lots of people in the future just how it nourished my son so beautifully.

A little ceremony we did for the placenta. We said our goodbyes, lit a candle, and planted it in the backyard with a moringga (malungay) tree on top of it. May it nourish lots of people in the future just how it nourished my son so beautifully.

Placenta container with Chase' candle holder. The chord detached exactly after 3 days.

Placenta container with Chase’ candle holder. The chord detached exactly after 3 days.

A little ceremony we did for the placenta. We said our goodbyes, lit a candle, and planted it in the backyard with a moringga (malungay) tree on top of it. May it nourish lots of people in the future just how it nourished my son so beautifully.

A little ceremony we did for the placenta. Said our goodbyes, lit a candle, and planted it in the backyard with a moringga tree on top of it. May it nourish lots of people in the future just how it nourished my son inside my womb.

Placenta container with Chase' candle holder. The chord detached exactly after 3 days.

Placenta container with Chase’ candle holder. The chord detached exactly after 3 days.

I finally have my own interpretation of “Orgasmic Birth”, some may have actual orgasms during their births, but for me it meant something else. My Orgasmic Birth means… just the appreciation of the beautiful process of birthing itself: Birth giving us the opportunity to experience expansion mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually in order to make more space for unconditional love and creating life. Birth giving us the opportunity to acknowledge our power and regain capacity to trust our instincts and the process of our body. It sure is mind-blowing. I am so inlove until now, and it is not just the natural hormones (oxytocin high) our body gives during labor and birth but the journey I’ve been to be with my baby, is just truly amazing and I am very grateful, specially to my son’s father Craig, who has been wonderful all the way through. We are very happy with the decision we have made so far. We have given him the best that we could of a gentle birth – no harm, no trauma, no chemicals and whatnot. So that is our funny story! A water poop, shower birth, full-lotus! 😉 (We joke about it!) BUT WE WOULD DEFINITELY NOT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.   It is a perfect birth just the way it is, and our son Chase will forever be perfection in our hearts.

I wish everyone out there, pregnant and planning to get pregnant, to be able to manifest their dream birth as well as be as happy with the outcome of their births.

Photo Credits to Midwife Isa and Daddy Craig – I was so happy to find out after birth that you were actually taking sneaky candid pictures during the birth.  You guys rock! Love you. 🙂

7 Tips For Your Home Birth Preparation – What we did to prepare for our Little FeetS arrival

In most cases, women have an idea whether they’d want to have a baby in the future or not. I even remember myself as a little girl, playing with dolls, swaying them to sleep after a pretend bottle-feeding session and wrapping them up in blankets. Well, this is exactly how I feel towards homebirth, specially now that I am actually in a situation wherein I have to decide which kind of birth I would like to prepare for. I have memory flashbacks of watching birthing videos when we were in gradeschool (in which I found so gross at that time), coming across water birth videos on TV and telling my mom “when I give birth I want to be in water too!” – to think I was only a toddler then – basically just my strong intuition telling me that this is what’s natural. And yet of course, I understand that for some it is not the same since there are lots to consider and more if preparing for a homebirth as if the whole process of pregnancy isn’t enough.

So, for the soon-to-be-mothers…CONGRATULATIONS! 🙂 

If you’ve already decided on a homebirth, maybe we can help you plan ahead and not start from scratch like we did. Here’s our list of tips and suggestions to help you prepare for your dream homebirth.

1 Research, research, and research some more.

It is a must to educate yourself about what other kind of births there are, including its pros and cons. As you go through this process, you will be able to learn lots of lessons as well as unlearning old myths and false information, and instead you’ll be able to equip yourself with confidence and knowledge. Aside from reading, it would also help to attend birthing workshop and watch birthing videos.

waiting game

waiting game

2 Find a Midwife and/or a Doula – FAST!

This one didn’t come easy.  At all.

From first to third trimester, we have come to experience the difficulties of finding professional help to support our decision.   From the dying “art of natural birth” due to C-section promotion and interventions in the hospitals, there is also the “midwifes” which had been criticised generations after generations hence the low number of practitioners not being able to fill in the demand for their services.  Having to discover that midwives are actually knowledgeable about birthing more than a doctor, doctors are trained to do a single type of birth and medical “emergency procedures”.  And let’s not forget, the “Doulas” who provides support to a mother before, during and just after birth on a physical, emotional and informational level – Honestly speaking, I haven’t heard of Doulas until I was pregnant. – There are still very few of them and only available in some places.

Aside from all these “naturally” occurring problems, we in particular weren’t sure where to birth initially – both of us are traveling and undecided whether to birth in his country or mine – and so we took our time to think about it and process, it also affected our decision on the birthplace since it must be a major consideration to find a midwife where we will be. We were so close to giving up and very much decided on doing the birth alone. It is not just where we are, but everywhere in the world seem to have the same problems. And so if I may, I’d like to save you this trouble and advise you to literally reach out and find one after reading this…you may read the rest of my tips later.

midwife Isa <3

midwife Isa ❤

3 Make your own Birth Plan.

This may sound easy and unimportant but it’s actually a very important list.  This will indicate your preferences and decisions during labor and birth, for you and your baby. You may have prepared yourself as much as you can but if any case there would be an emergency, and you are in the middle of contractions, then this will save your dreams and you may continue concentrating on your birth and baby instead of stressing on your birth wishes. I personally made my birth plan and included important details like your partners name, contact number, nationality, and blood type.

  • Here is an amazing free PDF format you can fill up online and download for you natural birth plan by Earth Mama blog: “Earth Mama’s Birth Plan

4 Make an Emergency & Announcement Contact list.

A vital thing to have, may it be used for emergency situation or simply calling loved ones and family for the announcement of his/her arrival. Again, in moments wherein you most likely don’t want to speak, this will help everyone including house members who are a bit nervous for you. This will give them a little peace of mind.  Post it everywhere and maybe give them copies. If you feel proactive, also give them copies of number 3 – your birth plan.

  • My contact list includes: midwife info, emergency numbers, and our family info.

5 Make your Birthing Essentials List.

Obviously this list of ours doesn’t look like your regular “hospital bag” checklist, even though we are aware that we may have to pack one for us three (mom, dad, and baby).  More over we include homebirth essentials on this list, this included our super basic shopping list, homebirth supplies, and emergency checklist. (As for the medical supplies, we had to collect them one by one, but there are online stores that sell home birth kits for midwife particularly in the US.)

  • In case it would help, here’s our list for you to check out:

              FOR Home Preparation/Shopping List


  • 2 Nursing Bras (use after birth) – w/ 2 breast pads
  • 5 Maternity Underwear
  • 1 Binder
  • 5 Maternity dress
  • 1 Breast Pump (just in case of emergency)
  • 1 Breast Milk Storage Bag
  • Bottle Sterilizer (only if using breastpump)
  • 1 Changing mat / 1 Non-slip bath mat
  • 2 Baby sling (Ring Sling and Baby Pouch)
  • 1 Waterproof mattress cover
  • 4 Blankets (including cotton cellular blankets)


  • 4 Receiving Blankets
  • 5 Newborn night gowns (for use until the cord falls off)
  • 8 Sleep suits (long-sleeves) *With zippers are recommended
  • 8 Onesies (short-sleeves)
  • 8 Wrap-over vests
  • 8 Pairs pants
  • 1 Sun hat
  • 6 Newborn soft cotton hats
  • 2 Cardigans
  • 12 Pairs socks
  • 12 Pairs scratch mitts
  • 1 Jacket/pram suit
  • 7 Daywear outfits (optional)
  • 2 Swaddling blanket
  • 2 Dozen Muslin squares
  • 14 Bibs (optional)
  • Reusable Nappies:
reusable organic bamboo cloth diapers <3 with cute prints!

reusable organic bamboo cloth diapers

  • 12 Shells (2 newborn)
  • 18 Organic Bamboo Cotton Soaker Pads
  • 2 Pack Baby wipes (Make natural DIY version)
  • 4 Baby sponge & face cloths
  • 1 Baby toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1 Baby nail scissors
  • 1 Baby hairbrush and comb
  • 1 Set of Organic Essential Oils (DoTERRA – Every Oil Kit)
  • Oils (VCO and Almond Oil)


  • 1 Baby Car seat (where law requires it)

FOR Home Water Birth – Full Lotus

  • Birth Pool
  • Birth Ball
  • Yoga Mat
  • Hanging Ring for squats
  • Plastic sheet for bed
  • Placenta container (basket or cooler with Muslin squares) – w/ Isa
  • Salt for placenta
  • Bucket (for emergency and puking)
  • Fishing net/Large sifter for poop (just in case)
  • Plastic/Garbage Bag for dirty linens
  • Hot water bottle and Hot Compress Bag
  • 3 Face cloths for compression
  • Bendy Straw
  • Ice Condoms (make with Isa)
  • Coconut Oil for base massage
  • Baby towel for cover up on pool (orange from Isa)
  • My Bath robe for in and out of the pool
  • 3 Old towels
  • Toilet paper and Wet wipes
  • Mirror (just in case for crowning)
  • Small pouch of extra Hair ties
  • Extra tea light candles
  • My DIY candle holders
  • Labor and Birth EO: Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum (Geranium), Peppermint, Myrrh, Clary Sage
  • Essential Oil Diffuser


birth preparation

birth preparation

EO list for labor and its benefits

EO list for labor and its benefits











  • FOOD: fruits (dates), nuts, oatmeal cookies, coconut juice, pineapple juice, (sweet potato) kamote tops juice, coco popsicles, dark chocolate, honey, yogurt, toast
  • Sterile Gloves (3sizes)
  • Alcohol
  • Cotton Balls
  • Measuring tape
  • Thermometer – digital one
  • Doppler
  • Blood pressure device with stethoscope
  • Emergency Pitocin (inside the refrigerator)
  • Small oxygen bottle
  • PH tester (small strips can be bought in pharmacy)
  • Adult diaper (2-3pcs) and Maternity Pads
  • Perfusion (2times 1 NaCl for example) – Natrium Chloride
  • 1 bottle of Octenisept (it’s a disinfectant liquid which can be used for mucosa tissue) – Mucous membrane and wound antiseptic
birth preparation with ball and pool

birth preparation with ball and pool


Emergency checklist (for a 3 day stay in hospital):


  • 2 Nursing nightwear
  • 2 Nursing bras – w/ 2breast pads
  • 1 Pair of Slippers (optional)
  • 5 Maternity Underwear
  • 3 Adult disposable diaper (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Pack Maternity pads (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Binder
  • 2 Baby Sling

Ring Sling


  • 1 Boncho (breastfeeding poncho/cover-up)

– Indigo

  • 1 Pack Baby wipes (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Tissue roll (@ the birth box)
  • Mom – comfortable set of clothes for going home (w/ 3 undies)
  • 1 Extra Shawl
  • 1 Set of Organic Essential Oils (@ the birth box)
  • Extra Pillow (optional)


  • 4 Receiving Blankets/Swaddle
  • 8 Muslin Squares (Lampin)
  • 2 Newborn Reusable Nappies SHELL
  • 3 One-size-fits-all Reusable Nappies SHELL
  • 10 Reusable Organic Bamboo Cloth INSERTS
  • 5 Newborn soft cotton hats
  • 5 Pairs socks
  • 5 Pairs scratch mitts
  • 6 Printed jumpsuit clothes (1 with matching bib)
  • 3 Newborn pants
  • 2 Newborn over-all PJ
  • 2 Newborn short sleeve over-all
  • 6 Newborn strap-on Long sleeve
  • 2 Newborn strap-on Short sleeve
  • 1 Pack baby wipes (@ the birth box)
  • 2 Baby sponge & face cloth/s (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Jacket/pram suit (optional)
  • 1 Pack Disposable Newborn Nappies


  • 3 Sets of Change of clothes (1)
  • 1 Jacket/Sweatshirt

Don’t forget:

indigobaby <3

indigobaby ❤

  • Birthing plan and notes
  • Passport and Important Documents
  • Coins / money for car park
  • Mobile phone & charger
  • Drinks and snacks
  • IPod / music
  • Camera / camcorder

6 Prepare your Birthing space.

Before anything else, I want you to remember that the most important thing is for you to feel safe, relaxed, intimate and empowered. So, remember to check your list and incorporate everything that was meant for the birthing space, once this is done, you may get your space cleaned, label birthing supplies, prepare your snacks.

Here are the few things you can initially prepare for your home birthing space:

  • Remove clutter and move furniture
  • Water proof your bed and floors – we are using shower curtain for bed and tarpaulin for floor
  • Have the house/space cleaned
  • Wash everything new from your shopping list – Baby clothes and maternity stuff.
  • Get birthing supplies ready
  • Prepare what’s necessary for your “kind” of birth: bed/pool/ball/mats/stool/something to hang on to – for squatting.
  • Prepare and freeze snacks, ready to be grabbed anytime.
  • Put all emergency stuff in one area, ready and packed.

Here is our birthing hut that was made and designed specially for the birth, it is located just on the first floor of our current home. 

birthing pool, bed, ball, and rings for squats - preparation set up

birthing pool, bed, ball, table, and rings for squats – preparation set up

Assembly time during practice set up

Assembly time during practice set up – everything water proof! 🙂

birthing pool, bed, ball, and rings for squats - preparation set up

birthing pool, bed, ball, table, and rings for squats – preparation set up

7 Add your personal touch and favourites.

The best part of all: add your personal touch and favorites! To make it feel homey and relaxing I prepared a few of my favourite things:

  • DIY candleholders for a warm glow and intimate lighting – I LOVE candles.
  • Got some nice essential oils to diffuse so the birthing hut smells like bliss, plus it is helpful for labor.
Diffusing Lavander <3 for a calm labor.

Diffusing Lavander

  • Put a table where we can put memorabilia’s of everything special for Craig and me, like the champagne cork we kept from New Year’s Eve drinking celebration, the same night we knew (but unsure) we were pregnant.
NYE 2015 and pregnancy (scare) hunch celebration! =,D

NYE 2015 and pregnancy (scare) hunch celebration! =,D

  • A playlist for my labor and post-partum.
  • Last but not least, I printed a bunch of affirmations to be posted during my labor, as well as laminated signs like “family bonding DND” for post-partum days. This will help you save energy and rest, it will also help others to respect your space during the first 40days you have with your little one. It is crucial for dad, mom, and baby to spend this first few days together undisturbed.

bonding in progress - DND

bonding in progress – DND

And so you’ve reached the end of the list – It seems like a lot but I’m sure 9months is more than enough, you can just prepare for so much and it is okay.  This is our first child so we are cutting ourselves some slack but we do hope that this will help you and your partner achieve your dream homebirth in a calm and loving way.  

Time will surely fly knowing how exciting this journey is.  Upon meeting our beautiful midwife last week, she checked our baby inside my tummy and he sure is ready! I am still a month away but his back facing my left side of the belly with his head almost tucked in inside my pubic bone, his shoulders and legs already in position for some kicking action to go much lower…we definitely got more excited.   And then, last night happened, it was different; I started to feel “practice” contractions (false labor they call it) on my upper belly and didn’t know what it was exactly until I was told today (the morning after) – I had barely slept and felt a heavy burn on my right side where he kicked mostly. It felt like he was making himself as hard as a rock then gradually pushes with his limbs, it hurts. And I swear, I do cherish my pregnancy, specially that I know how lucky I am to have my partner beside me at all times giving me support, love and unlimited massages. But beyond this excitement and anticipation, here comes labor pressures being a few days/weeks away from actual labor. I will do my best to continue spending my days reading, writing, nesting and preparing for the arrival of our little gentle soul.  I haven’t gained extra weight aside from the baby weight that is concentrated on my belly area, I look exactly the same except that I now waddle like a duck and look like I’ve swallowed a whole watermelon. haha!!! 🙂  I have been spending just as much time doing chores as I have been relaxing and practicing my birth exercises mentally, physically and spiritually. And yet, I feel like all I do is wait…the anticipation to meet our little feetS is incomparable to anything I have ever wanted and waited for in my life. And i tell you… It’s all worth it in the end, and MORE…

unlimited massages <3

unlimited massages ❤

trying to calm myself down for I am very excited to meet you my little one.

trying to calm myself down for I am very excited to meet you my little one.


7 Reasons Why We Chose A Home-Water-Full Lotus Birth

This would be, so far, the most important blog I have ever written. As mentioned on my previous one: Writing entails a considerable amount of opening up to the world of the unknown, full of risks and opportunities, but this is what the journey is all about”… and by that, I meant sharing. Sharing our experience, thoughts, and journey to friends, family, and strangers alike.  And this, this is specially dedicated to “Oma” (Ingrid) and “Papa” (Dougie Fresh) who is currently home, away from where we are. As promised, this will be one way for us to keep each other updated and have a better understanding as to what our choices are being first time (soon-to-be) parents. Both have been very enthusiastic – supportive to us, through little ways I can truly feel how amazing they are as a parent and as an individual. I will never forget how you got so excited when we announced. We too, wish you were here.

Before Craig and I met, we were already going through major life-changing decisions regarding our diet, attitude, and lifestyle. We were continuously unlearning old philosophies and debunking stubborn opinions in order to relearn something new and be on a different path. Luckily this path helped us come across each other’s, like the best of friends with a passionate twist, everything was in great alignment, and soon after, before it was even confirmed – we had a hunch that we are pregnant. Both agreed, we couldn’t think of a better person to go through this with, than him and me, together. From hobbies to lifestyle, and now, to raising a child, we both knew what we wanted and it was mutual.   And we are very thankful that we were chosen by this beautiful soul to be his guardian/parents in this lifetime.

As soon-to-be-parents, we all strive to do what we think is best for our children as we know it. But lately, there have been numerous articles on pregnancy and mom wars as to how it should be done. Well, THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM.   In every conversation, there should be two-way communication, at least listen as much as voicing out an opinion. Always keep and open mind and an open heart. It is true that in our society, today, every type of birth is criticized, may it be home, hospital, cesarian, water birth or Vbac.  And I personally had this experience upon sharing an article on my Facebook wall about the topic of breastfeeding. We all have had choices and hopefully you gave yourself some time to know what these choices are. THIS IS YOUR BIRTH! YOUR CHILD. THEIR FUTURE. And in no way should be criticized by anyone.

My birth is my own, and my choices should not bother yours. This is my story, and you have your story.   At the same time, this is what we “planned” for, but it doesn’t exactly mean that this is what will happen. There are emergencies and circumstances that we can all just prepare for as much as we can. Having said all these things, I would like you to know that a birth is a birth, I respect your efforts on doing what you feel and think is best for you and your family, and that is a wonderful gift.   We are supporting gentle birth, and we are very happy with this choice. If there’s one thing I ask of you, parent to parent, it’s not to follow my decisions, or anyone else’ for that matter, but to do your own research and be informed of your choices. Consider your life circumstances, situation, hopes and dreams; what will make you a happy including that of their baby.

*** To Craig… I am so blessed to have you in my life. It is not easy to come across someone like you who listens to his heart, follows his dreams, continuously nourishes his knowledge, and living life to the fullest as you go through it with an open mind. It’s been such a positive and easy pregnancy with you beside me all along. I’ve said it many times and I will say it again; you are an amazing person with a big heart. You are an awesome partner, and there’s no doubt you will be the best father one can have. I will forever cherish the lifetimes that we spent together, past, present, and future. ❤ I love you so much. ***

*** And to our soon-to-be-born baby… we love you, see you soon! ❤ Mom and Dad ***

See you soon C!

See you soon C!

Here’s our list of reasons as to WHY we wanted a homebirth: What we found out during the process of unlearning/relearning, and never-ending research regarding pregnancy and birthing.


We are trying to look at the BIG Picture.  Taking into account of what’s going to affect us in the long-term starting from conception – Having believed that it all starts from within (inside the womb, your thoughts, your feelings, intentions and actions) and not just after birth. We prioritise feelings and instincts to protect our emotional well-being including that of our baby. And we considered possible impact on our other plans such as full lotus birth, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, finding alternatives to vaccines, reusable cloth diapers, baby wearing, and homeschooling. It just blends so well altogether.

We are striving to do our best, just like any other parent who would do everything to raise a child into reaching his full potential. Starting from the womb, to his birth, to when he becomes his own, we will try not to expect but be mindful, to gently welcome him and support him all the way through. We just simply want him to be happy and given the best of what we can offer as a gesture of gratitude for choosing us to be his parents.


We LOVE the idea of a loving supportive environment.  Dim lights, soothing smell of your favorite essential oil, privacy (only a few chosen people whom you trust, supports you and love you), your favorite playlist, candles, your nice warm robe, your favorite healthy snacks and drinks, a warm pool, a space to move around to in order to ease the pressure of labor, massages from your partner or midwife, pushing instinctively with contractions…I can go on and on and on. Does that sound great or what?! In case you’re wondering, I am aware of the presence of labor pains and maybe an emergency, but who wants to dwell on that? We can only prepare for so much, and then, we dwell on something positive instead. I trust my body and it’s capability to give birth. It is a normal biological function and for plus points, there is the fact that we have forgotten about – the birthing hormones that can take us into ecstasy. It is so compassionate, and as we see it, the best way to welcome our baby.

Having been blessed with friends and family who’s been through different kinds of birth gave us an idea on how we can make it better for us. We heard great stories of gentle births, vaginal birth after cesarian (Vbac), and hospital “emergencies” of which they openly told us how it felt for them personally. There were lots of advice and support on top of our incessant research/reading. We have come to a conclusion that hospitals for us can be intense, overwhelming, abrupt, and very impersonal. First the forms to fill up, then here comes your birth plan getting tossed aside due to “possible emergency situation”, bright lights, cold bed, straps and stirrups, beeping monitors, masked nurses and doctors you have not met, your loved ones asked to stay out, unnecessary medications to make the labor process faster, lying down on your back for a long period of time, the helpless feeling you get when they start telling you medical terms you don’t understand and they have no time to explain, then the expensive bill when you check out … I don’t know which part here seems appealing to anyone, and it seems as if this is what’s normal nowadays. Again, birth is a normal biological function and not a medical emergency!


We hope to have an undisturbed labor and birth before an actual emergency intervention is needed, if needed. We have come across multiple personal birth stories wherein the laboring mother felt robbed of their birth plans and/or left without enough mental, emotional, and physical support. They didn’t feel safe and secure within the hospital premises; instead, they felt like they had no choice but to just say “yes” to whatever they were told.  Instead of waiting for natural birth to occur, you get convinced to have a cesarian operation, pushed into the operating room, then comes the augmentation (to speed up labor) – administration of unnecessary pain killers and epidural.   Pitocin for example, stimulates uterine contractions, but this has a minimal effect on the dilation of a laboring woman’s cervix hence the possibility of failed induction. Then cesarian becomes necessary. It also increases risk of post-partum hemorrhage. There are pros and cons to both kinds of birth but personally, for us; we find it comforting to follow our instinct before any medication. So much has changed over the years and maybe it is time to consider changing our mindset about birth as well.

I don’t want to go through that; I don’t want to feel disoriented and cheated like some did. If they would have needed me transferred to a hospital due to a complication that requires extra resources, then by all means, let’s do it. But as parents who did their assignment, I want to at least try and make it on my own, NATURALLY, as long as everyone is safe and that I tried doing my best.


We were convinced by many studies that show the midwifery model of care is as safe as hospital birth, often with fewer interventions and post-birth complications. Of which includes the recent research that our body is a host to hundred trillions microbes and its founding seed comes from natural birth: vaginal delivery, breastfeeding, and skin-to-skin contact. While babies born via C-section, on the other hand, bi-pass the process where the baby’s gut would be seeded by the microbes from the mothers’ gut that should be established at birth through vaginal delivery, and in addition, that mother most likely been administered with drugs or anti-biotic of which will affect both microbes, then lastly, they are instead colonized mostly by bacteria found in the hospital. Our generation being at the golden age of technology and governed by pharmaceutical companies, yet we have never been sicker: From asthma, to diabetes, cancers, and obesity, to allergic diseases. We have been so clean with all the soaps, chemicals, and anti-biotic within reach we neglected the simple fact that we are actually 90% microbial and only 10% mammalian, the microbial part is said to be our micro-biome, these are the organisms that live in our human body (bacteria, fungi, viruses…), the organisms that make us whole. They play an important role setting up our immune system. Depriving the newborn of the beneficial microorganisms and substances on his skin and the mothers’ must be taken into consideration as this can influence their life span.

Both Craig and I were born via C-section too, so to be clear, we have nothing against nor blame any parents (including ours) who will have or had a caesarean birth. Again, birth is a birth. And that is great. While we value medical science and its obstetrical ways that has made birth safer for women of high-risk pregnancies, we should also explore the choices for low-risk pregnancies like mine and maximize its benefits. For those who chose a Gentle C-sectionor might have an emergency C-section here is a link on what you can add on your birth plan and how you can seed your baby with good bacteria.


To welcome our little one in a very gentle, warm and loving environment. This way we can take our time to gaze into each others eyes, warm him up in our loving arms, breathe with him until he is full of love, and nurture him until he is ready to greet the world back. A healthy newborn doesn’t need medical intervention especially in the first few hours of life. Bathing for one, interferes with bonding between the mother and child, plus the possibility to chill an infant whose ability to regulate body temperature is still immature.   In case you didn’t know, that white creamy substance on an infants skin is called Vernix Caseosa. It contains powerful proteins that have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also contributes to an infant’s healthy immune system by protecting the fetus and the newborn against infection. So don’t wash them off (to think they do, with soap!).

Hospital protocols done right after birth just doesn’t seem right for us. Only a few minutes of skin-to-skin (if lucky) until baby will be whisked away by the hospital staff because they have to be examined, weighed, have a PKU heel prick, clamp the umbilical chord just seconds after birth (FULL LOTUS BIRTH is our choice for his gentle separation with his placenta), asking you to push harder to deliver the placenta, while they give your newborn a dose of anti-biotic and vaccine shots. There was even one mother who was given back her newborn already circumcised and formula fed (bottle) after the protocol routine, even though she strictly said she didn’t want any of those. We also want to take advantage of the benefits of early-uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact, it has been shown to reduce crying, improve bonding, keep the baby warm, and facilitate breastfeeding. So, sure maybe we can find an open-minded paediatrician and doctors who will let you have your dream birth and carry on with your birth plan, but personally speaking, I tried it too and it wasn’t easy.   Lots of hesitation on gestures and words, they are just so scared of birth themselves. The words I constantly heard were “it’s dangerous” or “it’s risky”.


We would like to support women (and their supportive partners) to reclaim their power to birth naturally. As a couple journeying on a different path, guided by wonderful people we’ve met along the way, we sure feel the need to give back to those who need support and encouragement and come out of what we call fear-based theories that has been ingrained on us about birth.   Since I was a child, may it be a story or a show on the television, when someone is giving birth, they portray it as horrifying medical emergency: Woman screaming and cursing, pushed on a wheel chair or strapped onto a bed rushed to the operating room, then strapped onto a bed, lying on their backs with the legs up…and the rest goes on! You know the story. We’ve all seen it. If it is an emergency and you have a medical case it will look like that, but not all births should be, most of the time we should just wait for the body to do its natural process. But since there are medical interventions once inside the hospital such as IV, Pitocin or Epidurals, then our natural biological function has been compromised. Labor may take days for some, and since time is of the essence, these methods are done.

After years of this practice, it has been embedded on our heads that CS is normal, that you shout, curse, and maybe freak out on the hospital bed, so they give you fake hormones and you become relaxed and they do the rest for you while you sleep, I get it, it’s convenient, like fast food. Over all and in the long run, it is not good for you and the baby. It’s time we trust our body and see how life was before any interventions. How beautiful the process of birth is.


Because we like it! Simple as that! 🙂

It’s a different path, one step at a time. And this is the first step we take together, as a family. Our decisions’ not just about my birth, it’s about our baby too.

“If you really want a HUMANIZED BIRTH, the best thing to do is to get out of the hospital!” – The Business of being born  

~~~SOME NOTES I TOOK ALONG THE WAY (a sneak peak of what we’ve read and learned that might help you understand even more)~~~

Oxytocin is also called the love hormone; it is present during making love, orgasm, and birth. It is a very powerful uterotonic, which means contraction causing.   During labor, pulses occur every 3-5minutes then becomes more frequent.   After birth, ongoing high-levels of oxytocin, augmented by more pulses release as the baby touches, licks, and nuzzles the mothers breast, helps her keep her uterus contracted and protect her against post-partum haemorrhage.

Beta-endorphin is a naturally occurring opiate with properties similar to opium/opiate-like drugs and shown to work on the same receptors of the brain. In hours of birth, elevated beta-endorphin levels reward and reinforce mother-baby interactions, including physical contact, breastfeeding, as well as contributing to intensely pleasurable, even ecstatic feelings for both.   It also facilitates release of prolactin during labor, which prepares the mothers breast for lactation, and aids in lung maturation for the baby.

Pro-Lactin is the nesting hormone. Released from the pituitary gland, crucial influence in the development and function of the immune system.

On Augmentation (Pain Killers and Epidural)

Pitocin is a synthetic version of Oxytocin. It stimulates uterine contractions with minimal effects on the dilation of labouring woman’s cervix, creating a possibility of failed “induction” in which despite the regular and very painful contractions, labor does not progress and women’s cervix fail to dilate and caesarean becomes necessary.

Epidural analgesia is one of the most striking examples of medicalisation of normal birth, transforming a physiological event into a medical event. Epidural lowers the mothers’ production of oxytocin or stops the normal rise during labor that causes woman’s labor contractions. It obliterates maternal oxytocin peak that occurs at birth and catalyses the powerful last push of labor for the baby to come out. It also

Reduces stress hormones that builds up in natural labor to help women transcend pain, slow down labor, and paralyzes not only woman’s lower body but also her pelvic floor.

Epidural and Spinal Drugs has major effects on all hormones of labor, it inhibits beta-endorphin production, reduce oxytocin production, including length of labor.

It is a snowball effect: from labor they put you on IV, if you are not dilating, then they will administer Pitocin, then an epidural because contractions are so painful, then if the Pitocin doesn’t work for some time again, then they might dose you for another Pitocin, due to the strong contractions this brings, then the baby becomes distressed, then finally they tell you, you need a caesarean to save your baby.

A labor may sometimes last for days, and this is not ideal for hospitals. From waiting 26hours, it became 24hours, then to12hours. Hospital is a business and they want these beds filled and them emptied.   (As for my sister, she was induced after 12hours then sent to the emergency room 4hours after that.)

Side Effects on Mother and Child:

  • Effects hormonal orchestration
  • Blood pressure
  • Temperature Regulation
  • Direct toxic effects to the fetus and newborn (drug levels)
  • Changes in fetal heart rate
  • Low APGAR score (The Apgar score is a simple assessment of how a baby is doing at birth, which helps determine whether your newborn is ready to meet the world without additional medical assistance. Your practitioner will do this quick evaluation one minute and five minutes after your baby is born.)
  • Poor tone
  • Weak immune system
  • Higher rates of jaundice for epidural babies
REFERENCES: (In random order)

Books and PDF file:

  • Childbirth without fear – Grantly Dick-Read
  • Educate Yourself – Dr.Nat-Kringoudis
  • Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices – Dr. Sarah Buckley
  • How-to-be-a-Natural-Mama
  • Natural-Induction – Red Tent Mums
  • Placenta: The forgotten Chakra – Ibu Robin Lim
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation By Pam England, Rob Horowitz
  • Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience By Elizabeth Davis, Debra Pascali-Bonaro


  • Birth Story – Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives
  • Childbirth: All or Nothing BBC Documentary
  • MicroBirth (article related: Seeding CS babies)
  • Orgasmic Birth
  • The Business of being born
  • What Babies Want

Other Books I would love to read but didn’t get to due to unavailability:

  • Hypnobabies Home Study Course for Expectant Mothers Plus 2 Bonus Cds From Hypnobabies Self-Study Products
  • HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) By Marie F. Mongan
  • She Births: A Modern Woman’s Guidebook for an Ancient Rite of Passage By Marcie Macari
  • Silent Knife: Caesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Caesarean (VBAC)
By Lois J Estner, Nancy Wainer Cohen
  • Birth and Breastfeeding: Rediscovering the Needs of Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth 
By Michel Odent

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 Workshops: (Pregnancy, Doula, Midwife, Birthing, Post-Partum, Yoga, Raw food)

***To my Grandmother Lola Sonya,  you are a very brave woman.  All these years I imagined birth like everyone else did, it’s not the same anymore and yet I was so surprised during our visit when you told me “don’t fear birth, it’s natural!”…it gave me an assurance I can never get from any book or videos.  Thank you!  We love you and we hope to see you soon.***

About Team C

Hello! 🙂

My name is Choc… a nickname that I adapted when I was only 2 years old, and since then everyone calls me that.  I’m now 30-years old and a soon-to-be-mother.  After years of traveling the world alone, I’ve come to a halt and settled in on an island close to my heart, and on this island I met a fellow traveler.

His name is Craig, also 30-years of age.  It was a brief moment and we didn’t talk much, so we both went on with our lives preoccupied with our own projects. Just a few months after, we surprisingly met again, but this didn’t last long either. We only had a day together and both of us are leaving the next day. Somehow, he managed to get in touch and I did too. So for the third time (3rd times’ a charm! *wink*), we finally decided to meet up. No time was wasted, he immediately swept me off my feet, magically made the flighty me feel safe and to actually want to stick around. He once told me, “It feels so natural, like we knew each other already. We became very close in a very short period of time, which for me is so unheard of!”.  (and yes, I felt the same exact way!)

In spite of having different nationalities, we happen to have the same goals and passion in life. So, together with the love of my life–Craig, we will continue our fun journey traveling with our little one. Inspiring and empowering other families to ease into a simple life as we go on our quest to raising a free-range child.  Immersing ourselves into different cultures, close to nature, letting the world be our classroom, learning together, making priceless memories. ❤

Soon-to-be-parents’ love letter to traveling

Today, I miss you a lot…

It’s been more than six months. I would if I could, but for now we should wait.

waiting game

waiting game

I miss your eccentric smell, as we, passengers, from everywhere go through

Your long lines as I wait for my bags to get checked in

Your security checks as I dread forgetting my water bottle on my hand carry

Your announcements as I slouch on your cold and rigid chairs

Today, I miss our love-hate relationship, but for now we should wait.

path to more learning

path to more learning

I miss your welcoming place, as we, wanderers, get thrilled to see more of you

Your refreshing sight and sound as I walk through to know more of know you

Your hard sidewalks as I sit and rest from getting lost within you

Your either busy or empty streets as I get to know more of myself

Today, I miss our encounters, but for now we should wait.

TeamC summer

TeamC summer

I miss your revitalizing energy, as we, explorers, grasp onto your stunning shores

Your lovely breeze as I run towards the water to dip my feet or swim into

Your lovely rays as I look up in the sky with the sun shining on my face

Your warm grains of sand, as I feel it between my toes

Today, I miss our escapades, but for now we should wait.

fast rides eyes wide

fast rides eyes wide

I miss your exciting impressions, as we, travelers, learn more about you

Your wild transportation rides, as I stare outside while we drive by

Your passionate people, as I absorb your stories about your culture

Your numerous affairs, as I unplan my trip and just go with the flow

Today, I miss our adventures, but for now we should wait.

Today, I miss you a lot, but for now we should wait…

soon, with little feets

soon, with little feets (when @24weeks)

For very soon, we will have another beautiful soul to dance, sing, play, laugh, dream, learn and live life to the fullest with.

Today, WE MISS YOU… itchy feet, itchy feet, but we have to wait for little feet!