Why I Chose to Have a Home Water Birth in Maine.

 

I was born three months too early. My mother’s body was shutting down, so an emergency caesarian was planned in a frantic effort to save her life.  Weighing in at a little over two pounds, I was dubbed Miss Preemie Universe.  I was rushed to the NICU where I remained for four months, while my mother laid in a pitch black room with toxemia and renal failure. 

 

Years later she would tell me, she felt so much grief around her birth experience and so much grief as a new mother of a severely premature child. “ what did I do wrong, she thought?” She wanted the chubby Gerber baby, the healthy baby that nursed and slept with pink rosy cheeks. 

Both my mother I did not have the birthing experience that she was hoping for. While her talented medical team was able to save both of our lives, my mother felt grief and anger.  She never got to experience the third trimester of either of her pregnancies.  I can’t image the fear she must have felt being told she was dying and the doctors needed to remove me from her womb to save her life. Not only faced with her own mortality, she was forced to confront the fear of losing her child as well, a fear no mother should ever have to face.  While most mothers long to hold their newborns close, to nurse and comfort, and coddle, my mother just felt overwhelming grief and anger.  Instead of bonding, we both fought frantically to live.

Every mother is deserving of a peaceful, uncomplicated and comfortable birth, one that is supportive and celebrated.    Every child deserves to be brought into the world in a gentle manner, free of trauma.  I While this isn’t always the case, especially in the United States, I believe it’s an ideal that most women hold close as they approach their due date.

No one wishes for complications, unplanned interventions, trauma, and infant mortality, but the reality is that these are a very real possibility for women giving birth in the United States. According to theCenters for Disease Control, the United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan.

When I became pregnant with my daughter, I knew I wanted a very different birth story then the one my mother and I shared.  I was haunted by the fear that, I too, would have a premature child or develop life-threatening toxemia.  Despite my fears, I felt an undeniable yearning to reclaim the birth experience that my mother did not have.  For me the choice was crystal clear—if all went well, I would opt to have water birth, in the comfort of my own home and entrust my prenatal and postnatal care to a talented and caring midwife.

A woman’s birth plan and choice of care givers is a deeply personal one.  I did not arrive at the decision to home birth lightly, but felt after much research and spiritual investigation, it would be the best possible choice for myself and my child. I am fortunate to live in Maine, were home birth is legal and midwifes are plentiful.   I was even surprised to find that my insurance company covered my care and birth with my midwife.

Not only did I have a healthy, robust pregnancy, I carried my daughter full-term. She was actually a day late and weighed in at 8.9 pounds and was 22 inches long!  My labor was very quick. I pushed for 10 minutes and delivered my daughter in the water.  It was absolutely perfect.  She never left my chest after being born, and never left my side for the next few days.  My home birth was everything I had hoped it would be.  I felt safe, supported and in control the entire time.  Surrendering to the process and pain and moving beyond my fear has changed me for life.

 If you are considering having a home birth in Maine I would love to speak with you about my experience and see how Reiki can support your pregnancy and natural birth plan.  Since I offer in-home reiki treatments, I can be with you weeks before your labor, helping to ease the discomforts of pregnancy, support your birth, and even visit for treatments in your home, long after your baby is born. 

 

In-Home Reiki Treatment Changed My Life and it Can Change Yours Too

 

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Introducing In-Home Reiki and Healing Sessions In Portland, Maine

 I am excited to announce that I am taking my healing practice to the road and now offering the option of  in-home Reiki and energy work to new and current clients within  30 miles of the Greater Portland, Maine area.  Having a mobile practice allows me to treat within the convenience and comfort of the home. This is especially beneficial for individuals  whose illness and pain keep them within the home, hospital, or nursing facility.

In-home Reiki is also ideal for anyone struggling with anxiety and PTSD.  It's also great for expecting or new mothers, or parents that otherwise would need to find childcare for a session.  For clients who prefer the studio environment, that option will remain be available as well.

If you are ready to try an alternative healing modality or looking for energetic support in your life, I would love the opportunity to speak with you and see if in-home healing and Reiki might be a perfect fit for you.

 

2015 In-Home Reiki Pricing

Individual Sessions

30 min session….$55

60 min session….$85

90 min session….$130

 

Packages

Four 30 min sessions for the price of three….$165

Four 60 min sessions for the price of three….$255

Four 90 min sessions for the price of three….$390

 

Monthly Rates

Frequency can greatly improve treatment outcomes. I offer a 20% discounted monthly rate for clients who book 3 times a week for a month at a time.

About the Author:

Erin’s work as a healer is dedicated to helping others find wellness and a deeper spiritual understanding. Located in Portland, Maine, her healing arts practice combines intuitive energy work, with sound and crystal therapies to heal and transform individuals on a soul level. Using holistic photography, she documents and celebrates authentic beauty and transformation.

Whether you are struggling with chronic pain, disease, anxiety, depression, rapid life transitions, or perhaps you just need a new direction, Erin offers gentle energetic support and guidance to help restore balance and wholeness, increase well-being and joyful heart connection.

www.erinkrollhealingarts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was a guest on the Center of Light Radio Show Last Night. Listen on Demand.

Last night I was honored to be interviewed on The Center of Light Radio Show tonight , you can listen on demand as I talk about our cosmic origins and the nature of longing and compassionate connection.

Many thanks to The Center of Light Radio Show and it's host Keith Anthony Blanchard!

Show Topic: We Are Stardust: Understanding the Cosmic Wisdom of Longing and Compassionate Connection, with guest Erin Kroll

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/renford/2014/08/19/the-center-of-light-radio-show-we-are-stardust-with-guest-erin-kroll