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Pieces of Me

Hello and Welcome!

I’m Darcel, your hostess here at The Birth Cafe. This blog was started out of my passion for everything pregnancy,  birth, breastfeeding.
I think that all pregnant and birthing women are Goddesses, and should be treated as such.

I’m a  Stay at Home Mama to three little ones. I strive to live a life full of freedom, love, laughter, and passion….I’ve decided to follow my passion for birth and work towards becoming a Childbirth Educator….to start

I’ve had a pitocin induced hospital birth, and two homebirths. I started on this journey when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter. At my 20 week appointment my midwife told me they were going to schedule me for a cesarean since my first daughter was a bigger baby. My first was 10lbs exactly. I went on to search my options for switching midwives and stumbled onto homebirth. My husband said no right away, but we researched, took childbirth classes via Birthworks. My 2nd daughter was born in between the hallway and the bathroom weighing in at 10lbs 10oz. My rrd child was born at home in the water weighing 7lbs 10oz.

You can read about my first homebirth with my second daughter, and my second homebirth for our third child, my son.
I finally feel like I can write about the birth of my first daughter without melting into a puddle of tears. Her birth was very different. I was not informed of all my choices, and that is part of the reason why this space was created. I want to help other women of color learn all they can about their choices when it comes to pregnancy and birth. This is a space to  share stories, talk about all of our options, and do our part to help reduce infant mortality in the Black Community and the United States.

Samuel at about 2 minutes old

One thought on “Pieces of Me

  1. Hello! I came across your blog today and wanted to write. I am a radio producer for a national program called “StoryCorps.” We broadcast weekly on National Public Radio and tell the stories of every day people across the country. So far, we’ve recorded more than 80,000 people talking about a variety of topics. I’m writing because I am doing a story on how much more likely African American women are to die during childbirth than other women. What I’ve noticed is that none of the stories I’ve read so far talk with families of people who have been through. I was hoping that you might know of some families who might want to do an interview with me to remember a wife/daughter/mother/sister who died during childbirth. Please feel free to call me at 646 723 7020 ext. 42, or write me at ksimon@storycorps.org. You can hear some of the interviews we’ve done already here: http://storycorps.org/listen/stories/category/griot/

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