Speedy Home Birth

This was the second time I was invited to this family’s birth space. The first was a planned birth center birth that resulted in a transfer due to high blood pressure. When she got pregnant with baby #2 she knew she wanted a home birth, but she would never have guessed the journey that was in store. Here’s her story…

My Birth Story: Hank Warner Chesal 12-15-14

This was going to be my second natural childbirth and first homebirth – I was very excited. With my first child, June, I went into labor the day after my EDD so I didn’t expect my second child to be very far

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Home Water Birth


Below is the story of how my daughter was born the Sunday before last…

Dana Faye’s Birth Story

On Saturday July 13th, at 40 weeks 2 days, I started having irregular surges.  This was nothing new since I had been having them in increasing intensity for three weeks.  I also had been making frequent trips to the bathroom and had been experiencing lots of

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Hospital Water Birth

This family found me through Hypnobabies.  I was not planning on taking anymore births since I wanted to give myself enough time to prepare for my own upcoming birth in July.  Though when I got the initial email my heart was immediately drawn to this family.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the attraction was, but I knew that I needed to consider this opportunity further based on how our online communication went.  Not only did this family need support for their Hypnobabies preparation, but they were seeking a water birth with a midwife who had just recently started practicing again.  This particular midwife had taken a break after being restricted from offering families alternative options typically found in out of hospital birth settings. 

The hospital they chose has a water birth policy in effect (where babies can actually be born in the water), but having that reality actually transpire is a different story given the hospitals sparse experience with it.  The fact that few providers have experience with this mode of birth makes it a bit tricky too.  So it seemed to me that this midwife choice might be the ticket for this family to have this option actually manifest.  I knew that this family could use all the support they could get, and I was excited at the prospect to be a part of the team.&nbsp

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Birth Center Transfer Due to High Blood Pressure

This birth story has been a long time coming.  This was the second birth I supported for my certification as a doula.  My friend had intended on a birth center birth, but when her blood pressure would not come down for anything and protein showed up in her urine a transfer was in order.

Here is her story…

The Birth Story of June Ryan

The night before I went into labor Sean (my partner) went out with some family. His cousin Paul and his girlfriend Kathleen were in town from PA. They went out for a little and I remember being angry because I knew I was giving birth any day.

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Beautiful, Peaceful Hospital Birth

 I had the pleasure of attending this birth as a support person.  It was a quick, yet peaceful birth.  The family did a superb job communicating their needs to all involved.  Both the hospital staff and midwife were very supportive of all that the family wanted.  Everyone present made sure that the mom had all she needed so that she could focus within and ride the currents of the birthing process.

Overall, it was an empowering experience for all involved.  Even the nurse on staff was gushing about how beautiful the birth

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Natural Childbirth is Not as Crazy as it Seems

Why any woman would choose to have a baby unmedicated is an oddity to some.  I think this lack of understanding stems from a general misunderstanding of the birth process; the idea that birth is unbearably painful, and the only way through it comfortably is to medicate the body.  Some even have a hard time accepting that the baby will fit through the exit safely.  Where there is misunderstanding, there is bound to be division among people.  The particular misunderstanding I am pondering at the moment is the idea that women who decide on a natural birth are trying to prove something.  That natural birth is pointless given modern technology’s greatest gift, the epidural. Now don’t get me wrong.  I received an epidural during my son’s birth, and that was the one drug that I felt was necessary given the circumstances.  The reason this notion bugs me is because I find it quite unsettling that anyone would ever misread me, or anyone for that matter, as trying to prove something for no good reason.   I can’t speak for every woman, but I know that for me it went beyond trying to prove something.  Heck, I signed up for the pain management program, Hypnobabies, because I am not someone who deals with pain well.  For me, the decision to go natural was so that I could bring my baby into the world safely.  So that I could become more familiar with my body and what it is capable of.  I also sought to find out if Grantly Dick-Read was right about childbirth being a normal process that can be comfortable for the majority of women given the right preparation.  It wasn’t until I experienced how empowering natural birth can be, that I understood at a deeper level why my intuition steered me towards it.  There is something that happens to a woman when she feels the rushes, and allows the power to surge through her body without fighting it.  When this happens a woman is at one with her body.  She is allowing her body to work per it’s design as to facilitate the arrival of the unborn baby.  Being connected during this intense process can be transformational, as a woman is forced to confront her deepest fears and scale walls she never thought possible.  A woman empowered through birth knows her inner strength and trusts her motherly intuition.  A natural birth also means one less barrier to connecting with the newborn baby. I love these quotes, and think they accurately reflect what I am trying to say… “There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.” ~ Sheryl Feldman “Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” -Barbara Katz Rothman Now that is not to say that birth is the only way a mother can connect.  It’s a good place to start though, in my opinion, given all the challenging aspects that present them self along the parenting journey.