This year has been a big one for us, with news of a coming baby and the decision to settle in Portugal. After several years of travel, the news of Baby made this decision easy for us, we are surrounded by community spirit, natural minds and a natural environment. Although there has and will be many moments of disagreement in the life of Baby, this is something we both felt strongly about and since our decision, everything has been moving into place. With 3 months to go before the baby is due, we have a lot of work to do in preparing the home, all the energy and spare money we have will be going towards the house and final preparations for the arrival of our little one.
The home we are creating is a community project we have the main structures of the houses with just water and electricity to bring, painting, changing some doors and windows, fitting kitchens and moving the stuff in. The biggest part of the work will be the land. The idea is to use the land to host workshops and retreats based around permaculture, natural health and creativity. This is where the community can join us in creating a peaceful, nourishing environment for themselves, us and the new life that will join us soon. (Feel free to contact us and join in with the project)
We have been lucky enough to receive all of the things we need for the baby; clothes, disposable nappies, blankets, beds, carriers, toys, books etc etc etc and for this we are very grateful, but we know there are people out there who still wish to make an offering for the baby, this is why I create this page and the biggest gift we could receive would be your donation.
The reason we ask for donation is that the public health system here in Portugal does not offer home birth. There are many reasons for a home birth, I wont go into them all, but for us its more natural and peaceful, with less use of intervention. This will give the baby a less stressful start and hopefully set the tone for the future. Plus, with the creation of our new home, it will be the cherry on the cake for all of our hard work over the coming months.
The cost of home birth is €1500, this includes 4 prenatal appointments, 2 post natal appointments and two midwives present for the birth. This is one of the best prices I've found and the midwife lives very close to our new home. There are few things that would not allow for a home birth and it is only recommended if the pregnancy is normal, therefore we cannot ever guarantee 100% that it will happen. But nearly 6 months in we are all good, so its looking very possible. All of your help and support is HUGELY appreciated and we thank you very much in advance.
Lots of love
Liz, Pierre and Baby