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Moving With God

This is Alyssa Sampson's blog.  She is Pastor Tim's daughter.

This weekend it felt like the third trimester came out of nowhere, rifled through my cupboards and sat on my couch in ratty sweatpants eating all my favourite snacks. Does that make sense? It’s a metaphor for taking over my LIFE! Thursday I hit 30 weeks (big milestone in my head, kind of like arriving at the home stretch because after the...

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this home birth series, I have become convinced that epidurals are not a free pass on the pain of labour, and part of my reasoning for choosing home birth is my commitment to not have one unless it becomes medically necessary. I am not morally opposed to epidurals at all, and I do not think I will be more of a...

Having shared why I feel just as safe to birth at home as in the hospital, you might still be confused why I’d rather have this experience at home. Honestly, I am looking forward to labouring and meeting the Truck in our apartment. I have a friend who had a natural birth in the hospital just about a year ago, and I was so impressed with her!...

I went to the health store at the mall to buy toothpaste today. Remember how I’m a little bit crunchy? Well today I found out where I draw the line. I was looking for a brand called Tom’s, which makes toothpaste with a pretty short ingredient list and no fluoride – I bought it as an experiment a couple months ago since my teeth...

When it comes to discussions of home vs hospital birth, safety is usually the top concern. I suspect that cleanup is probably the second concern, but that topic isn’t going to get a whole post: as our prenatal class teacher says, “Birth washes out!”

The biggest factor in my decision for home birth is trusting that my body was...