How my hospitalised, medicated, induced birth experience healed me

When I fell pregnant with my second child, I was terrified of the same experience. I suddenly understood why women would choose to birth at home over a hospital, although this wasn't an option for me. I did everything in my power to gain knowledge and make decisions about my birth before choices could be made for me. Even though I was birthing in the hospital again, I hoped for this to be the birth I wanted with the elements that were important to me. However, my baby had other plans.

A birth story in photos

Jessica is the photographer behind JRSD Photography (she's also written about pre-baby body myths on Offbeat Mama). She's also a brand new mama (as of October 8), and she shared…..

What you'll forget to pack in your birth bag

"As the time draws nearer for my son to arrive and I prepare to go to the hospital I can't help but wonder what should you really take? Sure the hospital provides you with a list but I want to know what real offbeat mamas say worked for them or what they wish they had when they were in the hospital."