When did "natural childbirth" start involving inflatable wading pools? 2

Natural Birth & Inflatable Swimming Pools

So, this thing with giving birth, seems to be a pretty touchy subject.  And no, not like stuff we shouldn’t talk about. More like, don’t talk bad about how I give birth!  Worse, “if you don’t agree with my choice of birthing methods. I will cut you.”

I am old.

This is what the new batch of our babies have to look forward to.

They have an old mom.

And she’s way behind the times.

They will go to school with kids that were birthed into swimming pools… In their living rooms!  Am I new?  I am just hearing about this.  Well, I mean I saw the Duggars doing “natural” deliveries in a bathtub… I still say that is a stretch. Probably the least natural occurrence that has happened to my body was childbirth. The most beautiful gift of life I have experienced?


I highly recommend it. In all fairness, I think the only women that can declare they “naturally” delivered their children are the woman that does it in a hut or rice paddy… and the occasional delivery in an elevator or taxi cab.

Furthermore, and again, this is just me, I feel like children born into swimming pools are going to be very demanding.

Seriously, in my day an inflatable swimming pool meant, party.  So if the very minute you are born, you get to go swimming, in your living room?  That kid is going to expect nothing less than Disney Land for every single event.  Lost a tooth? Hawaii is your only option.

So the other day I was at Target, buying diapers, and this VERY pregnant young woman says, “Ma’am, do you know where they keep the inflatable birthing pools?”

Not only do I not know where these are, but I also am not entirely sure what she’s talking about.

“Um,  I am sorry?  Maybe, lawn and garden?”

This gets me laughed at and pitied.  “Oh!  You don’t know what I mean?” Eye roll, giggle, arm pat and an implied ‘you stupid old lady.’

“An inflatable birthing pool is a pool you blow up so you can birth your baby naturally in your home.  The baby simply floats from the birthing canal into the water.”  

There’s a number of comments I would LOVE to make at this point… starting with “simply floats from the birthing canal?” and ending with “do you blow up the pool? Like with your Lamaze breathing?” Instead, I say, “try pushing that red button for an associate.”  I say associate instead of worker so I don’t look so stupid.  This is wasted on her.  She waddles over and pushes the button and I decide to loiter. Target has everything, but this, I gotta see.

So the rest of the conversation went like this:

Associate:  Can I help you?

Preggo:  I am looking for a pink inflatable birthing pool.

Associate:  We don’t carry those in the store.  I think you’d have to go online.

Preggo:  Well I am due any day?  I don’t know if I have time to order one.

Associate:  (blank stare) Okay… did you look in sporting goods?  We may have some inflatable wading pools back there, let me run back there and look…

Preggo:  (to me) Well, I am surprised they don’t carry these, everyone is moving toward natural childbirth.  Do you have children?

I pray,  Jesus, allow me to find out this woman’s name and social security number so I can make sure my child is never in the same school district as this woman’s spawn.

Me:  Yes, six.

Preggo:  What!?! SIX? Did you deliver naturally?

Me:  Naturally?  Like giving birth into an inflatable pool?  No.

Preggo:  You didn’t use drugs did you?!?!

Me:  Recreationally?  No.  But I had an epidural.

Preggo:  OH MY GOSH!  That’s not good for babies!  Are your children okay?

Me:  Define okay?

I get the eye roll again.

Associate returns…

Associate:  Ma’am, we have an inflatable Elmo pool?

Preggo:  Pink?

Associate: No, just Elmo.

Preggo:  Grrrr!  I need pink.  I had a dream I gave birth in a pink birthing pool!

Associate:  I am sorry ma’am that is all we have.

Preggo:  Ridiculous!

She storms/waddles off.  Associate and I are left staring at each other. We have no words for this encounter.

Me:  Clearly, her mother had an epidural when she delivered her.

Associate:  Can you come with me to the break room?  Cause no one is going to believe me.

They didn’t believe me either.

May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained.  Love, Jami

You might also LOVE, Are you there God?  It’s Swim Suit Season…

When did "natural childbirth" start involving inflatable wading pools? 3

Share this post:

No Comments

  1. Karen on September 29, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Ya know, I had a baby in water. 3 times. It was a lot better than having a baby in stirrups like that one time. I don’t think that makes me a better mom. I didn’t care what color the pool was either, and at the point where I had another human’s head hanging out of my vagina all I could think was, “I did it! This is awesome!” And I knew better than to try to find my birth pool at Target. I bought it online because the one with handles and a seat was awesome and it had something to hold onto while I pushed. Which I barely had to do. And ya know what? I liked giving birth (except that one time, but that’s another story.) Glad you enjoyed your births too.

    • Tracy on September 29, 2015 at 10:36 am

      You go girl! 🙂

  2. Dede on September 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    As a labor and delivery nurse, mom of two, epidural for one, spinal for another (choose to have a c/section with the second…gasp!) you are my new best friend. Sharing this with my labor and delivery co-workers. And note to others: We LOVE three page birth plans as well as pink birthing pools. 😉

  3. Davina Ngei (@DavDavNgei) on September 29, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hahahaha..Wow, I needed this post. I can’t believe that you actually had that conversation. A pink inflatable birthing pool from target? I think I’ll stick to hospitals (call me close minded). This was a great post 🙂

  4. Noelle Griggs on September 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I find your post rude. And divisive. I have been a childbirth educator and a doula for 14 years. I’ve supported women in all different environments and choices. I am beyond exhausted by the “epidural camp” insulting the “natural birth camp.” The bottle feeders throw insults at the breastfeeding Moms and the adoptive Mama’s spend time calling out how they are tired of people talking about birthing. It has ALL got to stop. Does any of this sound like Christ? Is ANY of it beneficial? Honestly, it breaks my heart. When we laugh at each other, make snide remarks…making sure your children don’t go to school with her spawn? That’s shameful. The comment about the 3 page birthing plan? Doesn’t that just show that those young parents care? That they want a big part in their birth? Not amusing. In the past month, I’ve heard about 3 young families that have either lost a Mommy or a Daddy. One family adopted. One has a 3 month old. Let’s focus on using our words to love. Not tear down. This world is too sad and too dark without kindness.

    • Tracy on September 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Yes. Exactly. Very well stated.

      • Bill on April 19, 2016 at 12:17 am

        Some people need to calm down, she wasn’t putting down the birthing process the woman chose, she was simply pointing out how things have changed. Get a sense of humor!

    • Honour on September 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      As a sixth-time expectant mother (of “advanced maternal age” bless me) I find your comment rude. The story shared in this post is a humorous anecdote, told in a self-deprecating tone. I do not think the author is trying to cause division, and I have a little experience regarding births as well.
      I was born at home, a long time ago, but not so long ago that a kindly, black-bag carrying doctor arrived by rounded-fender jalopy to deliver me. My own entrance into this world was so natural that I’m not sure the midwife even made it on time. My parents were wonderfully courageous, opting for a controversial “birth plan” long before that phrase was coined and when their parents’ generation associated birthing at home with a higher maternal and infant mortality. My parents also forgot to file a record of my arrival for two years, but I don’t know if that was courage or merely a preoccupation with their large family.
      As much as my mother loved her home births, I (and all of my sisters) have chosen to have our babies in hospitals or birthing centers. Drugs, no drugs; vaginal, cesarean; Doctors, midwives; between the five of us we’ve made every possible combination of choices. Sometimes the births have gone the way we thought they would, and sometimes difficult and quick decisions had to be made. Some of us (cough cough) have faced utterly embarrassing situations during the birthing process. But throughout the processes, we have supported one another and laughed at one another (and ourselves). Finding humor in our differences doesn’t need to cause division. The young mother bursting with pride in her [natural] choices and willing to insult an older mother over her [traditional] choices is not the main funny here. Here’s the main funny: She was looking in a BIG BOX store for an inflatable tub to be temporarily placed in her living room because she had a DREAM about it. Oh never mind… if I have to explain it, it’s not going to help you.
      This world IS too sad and too dark to not find laughter.

      • jamiamerine on September 29, 2015 at 5:56 pm


      • lucindasutherland on September 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm

        Beautifully said! Thanks, I found it rude, too.

      • Sabrina on July 31, 2018 at 2:47 pm

        All this and then some ❤️ I had no choice in my 2 epidurals and 1 spinal (2 kids, long story) which all ended in cesarean sections.

    • Dede on September 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

      I think everyone is actually missing the point of this blog. It’s humor and I didn’t take offense to anything the writer was saying nor did I think she was not Christlike. As far as my comments, I agree with you in that people need to stop shaming each other for what they choose to do or not do. Your job as an educator is extremely important. The more information a patient has, the better decisions they can make. However, as I’m sure you see as well, people sometimes lose sight that they are having a baby not planning a party. The goal of everyone involved is a healthy mom and baby. I think patients sometimes focus more on that “pink birthing pool” than the fact that something could be wrong. I’m all for providing anything so my patients have an excellent experience. But if they choose to go to a hospital, I have to practice according to policy and procedure. Can rules be bent? Sure. I advocate for my parents all the time. Patients forget that if you are coming to a hospital to deliver your baby, I am now liable for you and your baby. Sometimes, as in life in general, we focus so much on planning the way things are going to be and plan for that perfect experience. Then our patients are horribly disappointed when things on their very specific birth plan did not happen. I usually tell my patients that their birth experience is going to be a lot like parenting. You can have this idea in your head or plan about how your child is going to be, but life happens and a child usually has a mind of their own. That’s when you have to say, “well, let’s go to plan B.” And that’s our job as caregivers. Offer education and support along the way and offer a plan B when that pretty pink birthing tub can’t be used or isn’t available. I just find this kind of back and forth banter exhausting about epidurals, breastfeeding, waterbirths, etc. I just took care of a mom that lost her beautiful baby girl at 32 weeks last week. I’m planning a memorial service at our hospital for anyone that has suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth. I’m sure that any one of those mom’s would not care a bit how their child came into world as long as they were actually here.

      • Renee on April 20, 2016 at 11:29 am

        As a Labor and Delivery nurse I think you said it perfectly. I also found the story humorous. Some parents forget that it’s not just about them. It is about their baby. Having a safe delivery and healthy baby. Why would you risk that precious gift for your “dream birth”?

    • Tracy on April 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Bless your heart

  5. pamallcorn on September 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    And Target is left wondering why the increase in searches for “pink birthing pool” on their website. (Let me save you the trouble, they don’t carry them online either.)

    • Tina on November 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      I find it kinda funny that you saved us the work by doing the search yourself!! Haha! But here’s what else I find funny about the situation: she’s like, practically due any day, and she’s just now on the hunt for a (pink) birthing tub?

  6. Sarah on September 30, 2015 at 4:21 am

    While the woman sounds a little entitled, I also agree that complaining about women in birthing pools may not be the most Christ-like thing to do. I really wish I had access to a birthing pool. It sounds like women are much less likely to tear when they use them. Do you know in the nineteenth-century some doctors didn’t want to give women anesthetic because they claimed Genesis 3 meant women were cursed to bring forth children in pain? (See Mary Poovey’s work.) What is normal now was not always normal in the past, and what was normal lately may not be normal in the future. Why not support women? Can you use your blog posts to build people up instead? This is only the second post I read, and the first one was also a complaint (about entitled families at a recital). It’s good to raise children who know they are just normal and that they should love others and do the best they can, but I was troubled that both pieces seemed to be pointing out other people’s flaws (people who won’t read the blog and don’t know they are being judged). But blessings to you. It’s hard to publish online and easy to write quickly, and I find that I often need to get feedback before I know whether I judged correctly in writing something.

    • Tracy on September 30, 2015 at 5:55 am


    • lucindasutherland on September 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      We all do things that are not the most Christ-like choice we could make. But you sound judgmental when you bring it up. I did not have any drugs during any of my births and only a little novacaine after to stitch up the episiotomy but I don’t think I would want to give birth in a pool (though I love swimming) because I would feel like I needed a shower if I had been in a pool with all the “natural” things that get expelled during childbirth and I prefer to spend the next several hours with my baby instead.

    • Tracy on April 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Just find a sense of humor You’ll be so much happier!

  7. […] Motivate? Communicate?  I guess I am most struck by the ugliness. I never thought the piece about home births was anything but comic relief?  I had no idea that the natural childbirth community would rally […]

  8. Timothy Dunn on September 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I went with my daughter to a big box home improvement store for a tarpaulin to protect the bed for her planned home birth. All three of us [including the clerk] shared a laugh when the clerk asked “what are you going to use this for?”. This was a first time request for her, and the first time for my daughter to ask. By the fourth child at home, an inflatable pool was used. We gathered around it, after the birth, to welcome the first daughter, with three brothers eating cookies around the edge. We all laughed for joy and incongruity.

    • jamiamerine on September 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lynn on September 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      My second was born in water, but the first was on the bed, a bed that we didn’t have yet when I was hugely pregnant. And of course the lady at the furniture store was all chatty and wanted to know who we were buying the bed for. It was quite a look she had on her face 🙂

  9. Melissa S. on September 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I love the Lord. I enjoy humor and can be very sarcastic with my close friends and family, as they are with me too. I have had 6 pregnancies, with 5 children birthed in various circumstances, blah, blah, blah. This story was HYSTERICAL and I cracked up. People need to quit being so thin-skinned and hurt by anything and everything they find offensive. The author is trying to share humor with her words. She has brightened my days, and for that I am thankful:)!

    • carmengoldstein on October 3, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Amen! I found this post hilarious! And all 4 of my births were all natural, drug free. 3 of my babies were born at home, 2 of them in the water. I am a former childbirth educator and have supported birthing mamas for a long time. I even used to rent out an inflatable birthing pool to new parents! Water birth is amazing, natural birth is incredible and empowering. But yet, this post is hilariously funny to me. I don’t understand why people get offended so easily. Laughter is good medicine!

    • Liz on October 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      As a “homebirther” myself, I found the post very funny! Especially picturing that whole conversation with the last minute planning mommy. Lol Too funny!

      • jamiamerine on October 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm

        Thanks for commenting and for input. It truly was all in fun. My favorite was the ‘simply floats from the birth canal.” But I appreciate good dialogue​. God bless.

  10. Jyn on September 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I really had a good chuckle at this! I’ve personally had almost 4 water births- two were in those fun blow up pools, another was only laboring in one before having to come out and be induced and the other was in a normal tub where they dragged me out and down the hall to a cold hospital room because they didn’t “do water births”. I would have had him right there and then, too, it felt so good only took me 45 minutes to dilate to full !
    But I’ve birthed 8 kids, I don’t take a whole lot of things personally anymore. Especially when people ask, “Have you figured out how that happens, yet?”.
    I love my natural births and I haven’t had the money to have one at home yet (yep, it’s a money issue too. Most of the cost needs to be paid in full before you birth). I’ve experienced the alternative, too. The induced births with an epidural, the induced births without an epidural- only thing I can’t say I’ve done is had a c-section. I have to say I value my non epidural births the most. Was it for the accomplishment? Nope! It really was how the labor went, what I was able to do and not do, the wonderful high I had afterwards, and what I felt I was putting my baby through.
    I researched a whole lot about it and realized when I’m in pain, I’m making endorphins (natural pain meds) that help that baby with the pain of being squeezed so hard the fluids are pushed out of their body and their HEAD shapes into a cone. That has got to be uncomfortable! With an epidural I stop making those endorphins, and the baby doesn’t get any of that yummy numbness.
    So I guess that kind of burned itself into my very being. Also, its a lot better for my body to feel whats going on because when I get the epidural I, personally, hurt myself more (I have a separated pubic bone). But anyway- that’s probably one reason us natural birthers get all birthing-nazi. The tubs really are comfy, though!
    If you heard half my conversations with store clerks during my pregnancies it could be a book in itself. Like the time I walked into a bikini shop looking for the right bathing suit to birth in.
    That clerk had NO CLUE that was coming! HAHAHAHA! She seriously had no clue how to help me. Or when I called the non-emergency paramedic’s number to ask what would happen to my kids if I went into labor and my husband wasn’t home. They had no words for me either. Hey, a mom’s gotta’ plan! Life is fleeting- we have to find humor in it where we can, lest we lose our sense of humor and resolve to trolling poor people’s blogs. 😉 Cheers and God bless! -Jyn

    • jamiamerine on September 30, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Oh! I am doing a blog post on “You know how that happens right?” Ugh. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I am inspired. Eight babies! Bless! Jj

  11. Handsfullmom on October 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    SO SO funny! Thanks for the laugh. I think even my natural birth pool friends would enjoy the humor (though there’s always that ONE, you know?)

    So happy to have stumbled on your blog today.

  12. Christie on October 2, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Somehow stumbled upon your blog today and have enjoyed each post I’ve read so far while nursing and snuggling my 4 month old. While my 3 year old daughter was at her very first day of preschool. Thanks for making my belly hurt from laughter.

  13. Brea on October 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I am getting ready to have my 3rd home waterbirth in about 2 weeks. My first two babies were born in the hospital. Homebirth is so much better for so many reasons, but I was not offended by your post. I thought it was funny, though the pregnant woman wanting a birth tub at target days before her delivery, was obviously ill prepared and completely clueless and rude…We homebirthers are not all that way 😉 Oh and get this, my midwives supply a stock tank for water births. My first homebirth in another state with other midwives was in a special inflatable birth pool, but my 2 yr old and was born in a horse/cattle water tank in my dinning room! and the big ugly stock tank is now sitting in my laundry room ready for this next arrival, practical, useful and just the right size, though a bit unconventional!

    • jamiamerine on October 4, 2015 at 9:14 am

      That is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    • Liz on October 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      How great! 🙂 And so true…hopefully people don’t judge all homebirthers by such people as miss pink wadding pool! lol

  14. Valarie on October 7, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I came to your site from a friend posting an article. Have read several- love this! Was definitely comic relief for me!

  15. Liz on October 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    My mother is a midwife (RN and midwife who practiced midwifery for the last 35 years). In no way am I dissing hospitals and modern medicine when I say these things, as they definitely have their need and can save lives! 🙂 However, I do believe a woman’s body is designed to give birth and has it’s own “mind” on how to do it…our own mind can complicate and slow down what should be happening naturally. My first born was planned to be born at home, but due to some complications and 17 hours of hard labor exhausting me we went to the hospital where an epidural allowed me to get rest before they let the epidural wear off and I gave birth vaginally. It was the only way I got through that one. During my pregnancy with my daughter I researched hypnobirthing, participated in classes and practiced the techniques for several weeks prior to her due date. (Don’t make a judgment based of off the name.. 🙂 Do your own research). As before we planned to have the baby at home in water. We actually had an inflatable professional birthing tub, but didn’t get it set up in time. The labor was only 3 1/2 hours long from start of active labor to birth of my daughter. She really was born in the bathtub in our bathroom since the birthing tub didn’t get set up …no time! 🙂 With practicing the relaxation techniques, it was in my mind the most natural way I could have given birth. Not in a hut! 😉 But thanks to modern technology we had a bathtub with running water. Hypnobirthing taught me to remove any preexisting conceptions I had to how labor should be going and allowed my body’s systems, “energies”, muscles and ligaments to do what they needed to do with each contraction. I actually had to visualize NOT pushing the entire labor so she wouldn’t come too fast. So for me, my “Natural” birth was with my second child. At home, using the best relaxing technique for me, in a setting that I was comfortable with and only attended by my husband and mother (who was my midwife). I don’t believe it would be the best for everyone and I think it is wrong for that one “pink wadding pool” person to judge another just because their ideal is not being followed. Right to an opinion? Sure. Right to judge? Heck no. Bad karma in my book. 😉 lol I’m due again in April of 2016 with our third little babe, and hope to successfully use hypnobirthing with a water birth again! (This time I’ll just have them set up the tub early!) 🙂
    So to any momma that has the courage and voice to make happen what they need and want for when that precious child decides to make it’s grand entrance, here’s a toast to that courage and all the best hopes for your dream of your own “natural” birth.

  16. Rachel @ Wife, Then Mama on November 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    My big question about birthing pools is: How do you empty the birthing pool? I do not want that “stuff” on my carpet…

    • jamiamerine on November 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Oh. Lanta.

      • Lynn on November 9, 2015 at 6:19 pm

        You either use a watering trough instead of an inflatable pool, in which case you can run a garden hose from the trough drain into your yard, or you use a submersible jacuzzi pump hooked to a length of hose to shoot it out. My ex husband forgot how much force the pump would have and just dropped the other end of the hose into the kitchen sink. It shot backward and sprayed birthy water all over the kitchen until he grabbed it and pointed it out the window.

    • jami_amerine on December 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      Rumor has it … there’s a pump

  17. Lynn on November 9, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    That’s not why he became my ex specifically, but he did sleep through most of that long hard labor and then had the nerve to tell me that *he* was exhausted and he wasn’t sure if he could go through it again. Just not a good guy.

  18. Rachel on November 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I laughed till I cried. Thank you for poking fun at all of us, on both sides. You made fun of yourself alongside the other mom. You wrote with humor. We all need a good dose of “Everyone’s different, and we’re all a little ridiculous at times too.” This blog is not a generalization; it is a singlely funny anecdote. Thank you for the laughter.

    • jamiamerine on November 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks! That’s Ali thought it was good for! I am glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of my favorites! ❤️

  19. Ashley on November 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time! I wish i was there to see it go down! Super post!

  20. Nicki on November 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I’m an old mom too, but it’s because I married late in life. I had one baby with the assistance of an epidural! I would like to try it again without drugs, but the birthing pool is not for this chic!
    Sadly, more babies is not looking like God’s plan for me (2 miscarriages and 3 unsuccessful IVF attempts).
    I will gladly be accepting babies birthed by other mothers, and I suspect that none of them will be birthed in a pool either. Children of foster care generally don’t enter the world that way.
    Thanks for your humor. You have no idea how much I needed it today!

    • jamiamerine on November 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Bless you. I pray Our God fulfills the desires of your heart. ❤️

  21. Rebecca on April 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I had a natural water birth and I’m pretty sure that I would have laughed at the pregnant mom in target looking for a pink birthing tub. She was the one judging and being rude about the writer having epidurals. The great thing about giving birth is we all get to choose (at first) what’s right for us. Once you’re in labor, your body and the baby take over anyway and you don’t get much of a choice after that. Women should support each other’s decisions and we should all be able to laugh – at ourselves and at the ridiculousness of others. I’m sure most people on here have been pregnant and most of us know how it feels to get attached to a birth plan or let your hormones get the best of you. Not everything needs to be taken so personally. I thought the story was quite amusing 🙂

    • jami_amerine on April 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm


  22. Sabrina on April 14, 2016 at 5:09 am

    As a doula, mom of four, one of which was born in a very typical hospital situation with an epidural, two of whom were born in a tub in a birth center and one born at home (not in water because that just wasn’t how it went down that particular time). THIS IS HILARIOUS!!!!! That adorable, obnoxious, probably-first-time-mom was absolutely too wrapped up in her ideas about a perfect birth and probably needed a little flexibility-and humility but that is how it tends to go when people learn something new and exciting and think everyone else should jump on board. Also, a birth tub in target? That is just silly!! My home birth was definitely my favorite for a variety of reasons but I don’t make a habit of going around and telling people their epidurals are damaging their kids. Everyone just take a deep breath! It is going to be ok. Also, I’m afraid this mom may have had a shock when baby didn’t exactly “just float out.” LOL At least none of mine did (hello 4th degree tear! That YES I would still prefer to an episiotomy but to each their own!). We should all be able to relax and laugh at ourselves. Thanks for the cute story!

    • jami_amerine on April 14, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Thanks friend, it was done in the spirit of fun. 4th degree:… Oh mama!

  23. Tonda Cranor on April 16, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I am of the opinion that if that baby was once on the inside, and you got it to the outside, then it was natural. That is the goal after all, to get it OUT.
    But, if you want to impress me, spend the day in labor riding a donkey, give birth with just your spouse, in a stable, then wrap him up and place that precious baby in a manger. An angel or two would be a nice touch. Now that would be something to brag about.

  24. Clara on June 6, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I wouldn’t have my baby in the water, or at home, but making fun of someone for planning and giving thought to the way their baby is born is really rude. Would you rather she not care about her baby’s birth at all? People don’t have to make the same choices, but if a mother has a vision for her baby’s birth, whether an elective c section because she knows that’s the safest and best way for that baby, or a water birth at home because she knows that way she won’t be stressed when she meets her new baby, then why would we ever make fun? Plus I think part of the thing about shopping for a pink pool is just nesting. Crazy hormones take over when you’re pregnant and everyone has their own way of creating the space where they can give birth easily. Whether a pedicure or scrubbing the floors or buying a pink pool or spreading around rose petals, these tasks distract us from how much we want our baby here already and give voice to the feeling of wanting to love and take care of this new person the best we know how.

  25. Adrian on June 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Great story… I personally have a huge problem with the homebirth movement – and the “dreamy” aspect of it that leads expecting moms into a pink-and-blue, hazy fantasy land… When did we start becoming more concerned with HOW a baby entered the world and less with IF. All those who wish to go back to farmhouse-style births also need to take a serious look at pre-hospital infant mortality rates. This is a truly frightening, ignorant movement. I don’t care if you want to birth in a tub. As long as that tub is in a hospital room, with an emergency resuscitation team minutes away. Allow me to toss those hazy-dazy-daydreaming mamas a reality check. I’ve given birth to 5 children. The first passed away after a lengthy NICU stay. The second was out in a snap, easy-peasy. The third would not be here today if I had given birth at home – read, emergency c-section and resuscitation. She currently has disabilities. The fourth – it was tough but we made it; no problems. The fifth – went the exact way the third was going. Quick-acting hospital interventions saved the day, and he made it out healthy and fine. NOT EVERY BIRTH goes the same, and not every one goes well – just because you rolled the dice at home once, doesn’t mean you’re fine to do it again. Let me not mince words: THREE of my FIVE children would be DEAD if I birthed them at home. Instead, only one is. Birth is not some unicorn-and-lollipop-riddled paradise. Can your child be properly monitored – CONSTANTLY monitored – in your home tubby-tub? Can you access QUICK intervention – mere minutes? Can you tell immediately when there is a problem? Because oxygen-deprived baby brain cells don’t take long to die, friends, and they don’t grow back. That Target chick is darn lucky I wasn’t the one she started questioning….

  26. Melissa on September 20, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I am never one to comment on public blogs. Or Facebook. Or anything of the like. However, for a multitude of reasons, I feel compelled to comment on this extremely funny post. Birth plans, while cathartic for the parents, don’t always go as “planned”. I have birthed three babies and I have learned first hand that we are not in control. From a baby that came too early to babies that would not leave their cozy breach positions, I have pushed a baby out and had the other two ultimately cut out of my body. Either way, I am not more (or less) of a mama. Also, I am no more (or less) of a mama than the mama that adopts a baby. I have always felt that however you became a mama matters not, it’s what you do with that honor that defines you.

    This post, in my opinion, was not meant to shame. I feel as though I probably would have had the same reaction to a question about a birthing pool. In the middle of target. Days before a due date.
    While a home birth never appealed to me, I applaud those that take them on. However, be more prepared when you do so. While dreams are powerful, so is having a back up birthing tub…

    PS – Jami….I feel like I used to babysit your kids! Just the older two. Years ago. Anyway, glad to see you are doing well!!! Blessings to you and yours.

    • jami_amerine on September 20, 2016 at 6:21 am

      Really??? That’s hilarious! And I am glad you enjoyed the post!

  27. Luka on October 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The day I see other mammals and primates that aren’t whales, going to water to deliver their kids is the day I’ll buy into this “birthing pool” bullcrap. Y’all wanna risk drowning your child, go right ahead. We aren’t whales. Our closest relatives don’t leap into a river to birth, so what clown thought it was a good idea for humans??


  28. Carolyn on October 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I had a homebirth with my son and planned to try for a water birth but it didn’t work out. I am not offended at all by this post, the pregnant lady is the one being judgemental and rude! I think this post is all in good fun and is hilarious! The whole pink birthing tub from Target thing and ‘floats out’ is cute in a ‘Oh honey…’ kindof way if that makes sense. Pregnancy hormones…gotta love ’em!

    • jami_amerine on October 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Gotta! ❤️

  29. The Breast Feeding Offense… on November 19, 2016 at 6:21 am

    […] You might also like: I didn’t know you were trying to get pregnant? and Inflatable Birthing Pools […]

  30. […] might also like:  “When are you due?” and Inflatable Swimming Pool Births  and my favorite!  An Open Letter to Mothers of Just One: Here is Your […]

  31. Elizabeth Edens on July 31, 2018 at 7:34 am

    that is so not worth “wicked” LMAO, wish I had been there to believe it!

Leave a Comment