a birth plan, a belly cast, and the home birth setup

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The Birth Plan

I tell you what. These days all you have to do is a quicksy lil internet search and you’ll come up with SO MUCH hoopla surrounding birth plans.

Expectations and preferences! Free templates for creating one! Samples! The hows. The whys. The lists. All to help you prepare for what you cannot fully prepare–childbirth. But still be prepared. Prepare. And you for damn sure better be prepared. In the childbirth class that I taught not so long ago, we certainly covered birth plans–what to include and what not. Risks versus benefits in decision-making. At the very least putting a birth plan together gets you thinking about what you want most. Which then gets you thinking about how best to achieve those wants. So do they have their advantages? Yes.

Now, having said all of that–does Cupcake have a written down, typed up plan?


No, there is no official plan. And still, I can tell you my top two desires for our fifth baby’s birth:

1. I want Cupcake to enter the world in the most gentle, calm and peaceful way possible.

2. I want to emerge from the birth experience physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually intact, changed, heightened, whole, and well.

So to do that Cupcake will be born at home. We have  a birth pool ready for water birth. Our midwife will be here along with her assistant. My doula will be here. Our birth photographer will be here along with her assistant. My kids will be here. Mitchell will be here. I will labor comfortably here with these supportive, loving people around me.

And that’s it essentially.

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For months now I’ve been preparing physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every day I spend some time sitting on my exercise ball opening my hips and relaxing my pelvis. Every night I plug my earbuds into my phone, pull up iTunes and listen to my hypnosis for childbirth tracks.

I have nice little visual reminders posted around the house too because I’m training my mind and thinking only of what I want, not what I don’t.

My friend Monica of Moon Over Maize sent me this beautiful necklace she handmade. I’m wearing it now and I’ll for sure wear it while I’m in labor. 

The Home Birth Set Up

Now that you know the plan, or lack thereof, come on. Let me show you around the birth space. Even though I very much wanted to give birth in our new home with our nice new stuff,  I know our rental house will work just fine. This rental has three small bedrooms. At present all of the kids are sharing one bedroom and the very back one we’ve converted into the birth space.

It’s simple, maybe a bit humble, but when I sit in here and visualize my baby coming to us–the bottom line is I feel good. I feel safe and I feel secure. My children’s artwork makes me smile. I like the natural light. We’ve got a few supplies yet to gather, but yes, this will all work just fine.





The Belly Cast

At 36 weeks I had a belly cast made by Suzy of Birth Blessings.  While I’m not definite on how I will ask her to finish the cast–Paint? Mosaic tile? Fabric? Leave it plain? Or? I do know that following my midwife’s (genius) suggestion I plan to put a placenta print on the inside along with Cupcake’s footprints. Such a good idea! And what a cool keepsake.

Speaking of placentas. What will we be doing with this one? Oscar’s we decided to bury on our new property. Much to some of my family’s um, horror? when I mentioned this not long ago–I plan to have Cupcake’s encapsulated and I’ll be using Amy of Embrace After Birth’s services to do that. If you’d like to check out the holistic health benefits of encapsulation, click on that link and poke around. Promise I’m not all that crazy.

Not all that crazy.


We’re getting close now, which IS crazy. I can feel it! But to further describe the way I’m feeling about this ending and beginning is another post entirely.

I’ll be popping back in here soon to do just that. I know right? Talk about my feelings? Shut up. When do I ever do that?! Ha.

Until then, Cupcake and I will continue accepting all the good birthy energy you have for us.  xo.

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I'm a mom of five, wife to one, life-long Louisvillian. Six years ago I put down the key to my middle school classroom and picked up a camera instead. Now a pro photographer, writer and activist, I blog to share with you those passions and to spread good feelings through the words and pictures you find here.

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10 Comments… add one

April 22, 2014, 2:25 pm

Um, a template for a birth plan? Something like that exists?
I think your plans are perfect and I can’t wait to see the finished belly cast (and I don’t think either burying or encapsulating the placenta is weird!)
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Jennifer April 22, 2014, 2:30 pm

I can’t wait for you to welcome your sweet, little cupcake into the world. I don’t think I’ve ever known a woman more prepared to have a baby than you. It will be great!
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April 22, 2014, 8:17 pm

I’ve got lots of good birth energy headed your way. Can you feel it? I can’t WAIT to hear all about it, and see the gorgeous pictures that come from it.

Also? I’ve never thought of a homebirth having a dedicated room and everything…probably because the only one I’ve heard a lot about was my little brother’s…my mom had him in their bedroom while we slept.
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Kim April 23, 2014, 1:02 am

Sending lots and lots of good birthy energy to you and Cupcake. I am so excited for you all – it is getting close. :)
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April 23, 2014, 3:20 am

My last birth plan was simple – give birth. And that I did and I think I did it well.

Yours sound perfect, and peaceful and I love it. I cannot wait for Cupcake to say hello.
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April 23, 2014, 1:57 pm

I have chills. This is wonderful and so beautiful. I can’t wait to see cupcake and hear about your experience.
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Monique April 23, 2014, 9:09 pm

Wow, you are here already? Where did the time go? I remember you posting when you were expecting cupcake. Looking forward to the amazing pictures and reading how welcome your newest family member. Lots of good birth love sent your way.

Elaine A.
April 24, 2014, 3:54 am

It’s going to be SO amazing!! Jazz hands! I’m so excited for you and selfishly cannot WAIT to “meet” sweet baby Cupcake!! 😀

Gwenn Panny April 25, 2014, 6:08 am

Awww. Can’t wait to finally meet Cupcake. She’s going to be adorable that’s for sure.
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Andrea May 9, 2014, 10:52 am

About all that was in my birth plan was the thought: “Women have been doing this for thousands of years. I can do this.”

And then sleeping.

Yay Cupcake!
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