Heather Rader

Heather Rader is a mother-writer-teacher in the Pacific Northwest. Her homebirth was a transforming experience for her family. She wrote this piece to honor Kurt, Brett, Nana, Brunca, Kathy, Stacey, Marijke, Constance, Jamin, Maya and the one who made it all possible, Ahna Brie.

Having Ahna at Home

Some people say I am “a brave pioneer woman,” while others look askance at the middle-class, educated woman birthing at home. This birth was not better than the other two, I remind myself. With Jamin I learned about resilience, and with Maya I learned about patience. This birth taught me I could trust my body.

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