June 7, 2013
We really can’t imagine the book writing process going faster or better. We are both in our own writing and revision grooves and very close to sending three chapters to our editor. Our summer writing schedule is set, factoring in family time and HBC related projects. We have articles, speaking engagements and classes coming up and we are still working on that next big surprise I mentioned in May.
May 31, 2013
We have even begun meeting in the evening so we can get the book proposal to our editor on time. Still hoping to send proposals out by July.
May 26, 2013
May 23, 2013
Setting our summer writing schedule…..
May 17, 2013
Once the book proposal is complete, we’ll have so much more time to focus on our next big adventure (besides the book)……details coming soon.
May 8, 2013
Working on the book as we also prepare for our upcoming class, Speaking of Cesareans. And the book proposal, can’t forget to mention our time investment in that as well. It’s amazing how fun, grounding and time-consuming this work is – a true labor of love.
April 30, 2013
We have the chapter focusing on leaving home, arriving at the hospital and everything prior to the cesarean decision one revision away from sending to the editor. Chapter 2, prenatal conversations about transport and cesarean and the natural childbirth movement, and the cesarean chapter are nearing a place where they can be sent to our readers. We are collectively working on the first chapter, our birth stories.
April 18, 2013
I’m writing my birth story for the first chapter, a difficult task. After three days of labor and two years of healing, it’s a lot of sifting to work through. But it’s happening!
April 12, 2013
Sending out blurb requests to add to the book proposal. Responses have been supportive and kind. Thank you all so much!
April 11, 2013
We are polishing 4 chapters for consideration in the book proposal, though we are pretty sure we know which ones will be included; Ch 1: our birth story, Ch 2: prenatal prep, Ch 6: transport. The fourth chapter is Ch 7: the cesarean. The cesarean chapter is a pretty intense read and probably not a good book proposal include.
April 3, 2013
We’re very excited (and proud) to welcome two guest authors who will be contributing their wisdom and insight to the book: Claudia Baskind and Walker Karraa.
Claudia in an HBC mama and is focusing her chapter on offering genuine reassurance to moms and families about assessing the well-being of their cesarean-born children. In this chapter she will provide practical strategies for mitigating any potential challenges that arise because of the cesarean.
Caudia studied Biopsychology, Social Work, and Writing/Literature, and her work has included social service, non-profit program coordination, group facilitation with at-risk populations, and freelance teaching, writing and editing.
Walker is finishing her dissertation on the transformational dimensions of postpartum depression. She’s the founding President of PATTCh and the perinatal mental health contributor for Lamaze International’s Science and Sensibility, Giving Birth With Confidence, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Midwives Connection. She is also co-authoring a book on PTSD following childbirth.
Walker’s chapter will be focusing on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, understanding HBC within a mental health context, and near-death experiences / altered states of consciousness that can accompany a traumatic event.
It’s an honor to have both Claudia and Walker’s insights and words shaping this book.
March 23, 2013
It’s book proposal time! Laurie and I have identified who is responsible for each of the 10 main parts of a book proposal and what the deadlines are to get them to each other and our editor.
March 18, 2013
We are honored to work with Kate Haas as our book editor. She comes highly recommended, is down to earth and we love her communciation style and what she did to the 5 pages she sample edited for us.
March 16, 2013
Homebirth Cesarean has an Outreach and Media Assistant!!! Ann is an amazing addition to the HBC project and having her on the team means I have more time to focus on writing the book. Her priority is to grow the HBC community and reach as many mamas and birth professionals as we can.
In other writing news, Laurie and I are this close to hiring an editor.
March 10, 2013
HBC is expanding and growing…..more to come soon.
March 3, 2013
Starting the book proposal process and taking it Bird by Bird.
February 24, 2013
February 21, 2013
First draft of chapter 7 almost complete – Leaving home through the cesarean decision.
February 16, 2013
For the second year in a row, the Oregon Midwifery Conference (OMC) will talk about Homebirth Cesareans!!! The topic this year will be cesarean postpartum care. In 2012 I shared my birth story at the conference and we kicked off our book project!
February 13, 2013
It’s been rewarding to see our book outline fill out as we add and move topics around. We have 15-16 chapters, plus birth stories, poetry, 2 photo sections and an appendix.
February 9, 2013
As the fundraising campaign marches ahead we continue to work on the book. This is a photo of a typical interview – lots of highlighting and notes. We have over 100 of these to go through. Our goal is to finish by the first week of March.
February 1, 2013
The Homebirth Cesarean YouTube page is where we post all our videos about the book, interviews and vignettes from HBC mamas, partners, midwives and friends. Stay tuned for more….
January 31, 2013
YES! Our fundraising campaign has launched and will be live for 37 days, until March 8. Visit us at http://www.indiegogo.com/HomebirthCesarean
Watch the video. View the pictures. Read the pitch. Contribute money. Spread the word.
January 29, 2013
Our process: We separately read each interview and highlight the parts we want to use in the book and plug those parts into our outline. Then, once a week, we come together to discuss what we’ve read and rearrange content based on our conversation.
January 26, 2013
January 23, 2013
Email announcement regarding our Indiegogo fundraising campaign went out to everyone we interviewed for the book. Campaign to start shortly….
January 21, 2013
January 19, 2013
January 18, 2013
This weekend’s work: Interviews are being picked up from the printer today. Organizing them tomorrow. Adding finishing touches to Indiegogo campaign.
January 15, 2013
Fundraising campaign begins Wednesday, January 30th and runs 37 days. As we continue to prepare and prepare and prepare for that, we are also transcribing the last of our interviews, getting them printed and organized and applying to speak about HBC at national conferences!! Go HBC!!!!
January 9, 2013
This book began as a conversation between midwife and mom after a HBC. That conversation theme carries through the entire book. This book is about conversation, community and healing.
January 8, 2013
So many people have helped us get here; HBC mamas, homebirth midwives, the countless industry experts and other birth professionals, friends, friends of friends. Cheers to you for helping to make Homebirth Cesarean a reality.
January 7, 2013
We are: creating slideshows, editing videos, writing summaries, working on profiles and designing perk levels. All to help spread the work about Homebirth Cesarean.
January 4, 2013
Happy New Year! We are beyond excited thinking about what great work will accomplish in 2013. Our goal is to contact publishing houses by the beginning of summer and be editing the book by the end of the year. Cheers to everyone who has helped us thus far.
December 26, 2012
Shooting videos, making slideshows, narrating stuff – It’s all part of a fundraising campaign. Though it may seem like busy work, it actually really helps us focus and narrow our work on the book rather than distract us from it.
December 23, 2012
Because of the nature of this book (health, women, birth) and because we can get partially funded, we decided to use indiegogo instead of kickstarter for our fundraising platform.
Our campaign launches on February 1st and will last 37 days. Most of the perks (gifts given to contributors) have come from the generous HBC mamas and careproviders we interviewed.
Right now we’re working on slideshows, videos and our campaign story. Exciting!
December 8, 2012
Countdown to final interviews (with the exception of pregnancy follows with HBAC mamas). Starting in January we’ll be printing our interviews (hundreds and hundreds of pages) and deciding which segments go where in the book.
December 4, 2012
Kickstarter planning, GO!
November 30, 2012
Book outline, DONE!
November 28, 2012
Homebirth Cesarean business cards have arrived! If you are a birth professional and in contact with homebirth cesarean mamas or other professionals who can benefit from our work and would like some cards, please contact us.
November 27, 2012
Laurie and I are pleased to welcome guest author Claudia Baskind. She will be researching and writing a chapter in the book focused on how cesarean birth affects children. Born by cesarean herself, she is a homebirth cesarean mama and has personal experience with helping her 3 year old son integrate his own birth.
November 12, 2012
Homebirth Cesarean speaking engagements in 2012:
March: Introducing HBC to the Oregon midwifery community at the state conference (Courtney).
September: Educating volunteers at Baby Blues Connection about HBC birth in Portland (Laurie).
November: Sharing the HBC story and tips to the Birth Support Network in Portland (Courtney).
November 4, 2012
We waited until the end of our interviews to create the outline so we would have a solid idea about what moms and midwives are saying. Now that we know, the outline is what we are working on. We briefly met today and worked on the Appendix and another two chapters.
October 29, 2012
4.5 chapters outlined. It feels good to have this done and gives us a very clear picture of the book. Let me tell you, it’s going to be information packed.
October 23, 2012
I’ve been talking with editors about the project. We plan to bring at editor in right from the start to help with the outline of the book.
In other news, looking at a Kickstarter for this project…..More on that later.
October 4, 2012
Business cards in process. Laurie is in the groove of interviewing while I’m winding down with my interviews. We’re both transcribing and getting ready to start putting this book together in 2013.
September 26, 2012
Interviewing Elizabeth Davis AND Sarah Buckley this week!!!
September 15, 2012
I’ll be interviewing Michel Odent on Monday, September 17. Calling this an honor is an understatement.
September 13, 2012
Updated description for the Homebirth Cesarean facebook group:
This is a place where mothers, midwives, birth workers and care providers can come together to talk and learn about Homebirth Cesareans.
It is a safe space to share the wide range of emotions that emerge for everyone involved in the labor, transport, cesarean birth, and aftercare of a homebirth cesarean mama and baby. It is also a place to share information and insights.
The focus of this group has become a place for mothers to share the stories of their birth, their personal journey, insights, questions and answers.
This group is also open to midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, body workers, birth advocates, etc. The intention of bringing both HBC moms and the birth community together is so practitioners can listen, observe, ask questions and learn how to better support HBC mothers.
We ask that everyone be thoughtful and sensitive to mothers as they share their deepest fears, thoughts and stories. Listen to what these moms are really trying to say and choose appropriate times to comment and ask questions.
We understand these are difficult conversations about homebirth cesarean experiences, and ask that all who post here maintain a thoughtful, supportive and non- judgmental tone so we can all evolve together in this journey of healing.
September 12, 2012
~ We are starting the process of looking into publishing.
~ We’re considering taking our research to the qualitative level for publication in professional medical and psychological periodicals.
~ We are still hoping to wrap up most of our interview by 2012 and begin putting the book together in 2013.
~ We spoke at Baby Blues Connection about our personal experiences, research on the topic for book publication and pertinent education which will be beneficial for their use in supporting mamas with this experience.
August 14, 2012
2 lactation consultants
6 childbirth educators and doulas
4 care providers
August 6, 2012
Some quotes that are under consideration for the book:
If Homebirth Cesarean was presented to me as a fact – that there is a large group of women who want homebirths but have Cesarean, then I would have been more thoughtful and reflected more on that prenatally.
~ Rachael C., Oregon. Partner to Sue B.
I feel like one of those people who make other people not want to have homebirths. And that’s not who I want to be.
~ Brandy B., Wisconsin. Mother to Micco, November 8, 2011
Forgive yourself. You did nothing wrong.
~ Alicia P., Washington. Mother to Analeigh, June 8, 2009
When people tell me I could try for a VBAC, they can just as well be telling me I could flap my wings and fly to the moon.
~ Beth R., Oregon. Mother to Dylan, November 16, 2009
August 4, 2012
July was a planned break from working on the book for both Laurie and I. Laurie was on call for a lot of births and I had my brother visiting from the east coast for the month. In between catching babies and living in the woods, we both interviewed just a few people and thought a lot about the structure of the book.
We each jumped back into the interviewing with two amazing people. Laurie interviewed Penny Simkin, who had a lot of great ideas and insights into the world of Homebirth Cesarean moms.
I interviewed Scot Nicholas, an amazing Somatic Psychotherapist, who talked about how the brain handles trauma and how the body can heal from it. He explained a lot of trauma patterns we’ve been seeing in HBC mamas.
We’re excited to share this insight with everyone.
June 19, 2012
Homebirth Cesarean Moms: 11 (2 who were also homebirth midwives, 1 who is now pregnant again)
Homebirth Midwives: 2
Lactation Consultants: 2
Body Workers: 1
Childbirth Educators: 2
On our list – lots and lots
Laurie and I are hoping to have all our interviews wrapped up by end of Fall 2012 and welcome 2013 as a solid year of writing and putting together the book.
May 24, 2012
Homebirth Cesarean Moms: 8 (2 who were also homebirth midwives)
Homebirth Midwives: 1
Lactation Consultants: 2
April 17, 2012
A typical work session for Laurie and Courtney…
Laurie and I are deep in the interview and information gathering part of the book. We both have interviews scheduled through June with HBC mamas, midwives and other care providers.
We continue to get together several times a month to update each other on our progress and work on other areas of the book. We’re discovering themes around HBC and plan on using them to help organize the book.
There are the mama themes: Why did a HBC occur? Why are moms blindsided when they have to transport to the hospital? What is the aftermath of a HBC?
And there are the midwifery themes: Why are Homebirth Cesareans often treated as a dark secret in the midwifery community? What kind of education are midwives receiving about Cesarean births and aftercare? What is the postpartum relationship with HBC moms and midwives like?
The list goes on and on. Laurie and I are discovering just how deep, and often traumatic, the world of Homebirth Cesareans is. Through this book, we hope to shed light on the darkness that surrounds Homebirth Cesareans.