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New Birth Story

I’m thrilled to share a new birth story with you!  Jenni shared her first birth a couple of years ago.  Now her husband is telling the story of their second birth.

Read on.

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A First Time Family’s Homebirth Story

I have a new birth story available for your reading pleasure. Tori and Eric were such a pleasure to have in my Hypnobabies class. They were nearly giddy about all things related to their birth.

I’m happy to share their birth story here.

You can also catch them in person at July’s Blessingway. They will be sharing their birth story with our community at 2pm on July 27 at Natural Baby. The event is free and open to everyone!

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When Birth is Difficult

I’ve attended three challenging births in the last 8 months.

Two were first time moms –hospital births lasting over 40 hours of active labor.  These were caused by the baby trying to come in a funky position.

One was a homebirth that wasn’t long but was hard because of several factors.

All three women birthed healthy babies without an epidural.

When birth is hard, the support team is usually the deciding factor in the outcome.  When the challenging births come, the doula is necessary.

At a recent interview, I was asked, “What do you like to do most at births?”  Without hesitation, I answered, “Nothing.”

It is a rare job interview that “nothing” is the appropriate response.

See, when I’m not needed, that means the birth is easy.  I deeply want my clients to enjoy butter births.  My clients want that, too!

But the challenging births are what doulas prepare for.

I want to share Keren’s birth story.  It was beautiful.  And tough.  Spiritual and amazing.

The photos are stunning.  Especially when her husband catches their son!

(Hypnobabies students:  Use your BOP before reading.)

Go read!

To be astonished

Let me keep my mind on what matters,

which is my work,

which is mostly standing still

and learning to be astonished.

–Mary Oliver

New Blooper Added

Added number ten to the Blooper Page:

 

10) I was the first to arrive at a homebirth.  When I walked in, I noticed all the signs of labor:  childbirth books open on the floor, half-eaten dinner on the table, hypnosis script playing, tub full of water.  But I did not find signs of the couple.  I searched every room in the house.  Looked in the backyard and garage.  Called out, “hellooooo?”  Where were they?  Ambulance transport?  I called the midwife who was on her way and said, “What is going on??”  She was as shocked as I was.  Then the dad pokes his head down the stairs and waves.  I hang up with the midwife and rush upstairs.  And still couldn’t find them!!  Looked in all the rooms again.  Turns out I was standing three feet away (twice!) but didn’t see them in a tiny space around a corner.  P.S. she had her baby an hour after I walked in the house.

Overheard at a homebirth

I take notes during births.  I like to record comments.  Usually I get some funny ones.  Occasionally a few “you did this to me” from mama to papa. 

Here are all the notes I recorded from a recent homebirth.  I arrived 2.5 hours before baby so these were all spoken in active labor.  And mom is not a Hypnobabies student.  🙂 

“What a magical time.”

“Gimme some lovin'”

“I can’t believe how natural this feels.”

“I love you.”

“It feels good.  How can it feel this good?  It is %*#&$ great!”

“Why do I feel it is easy?”

“So easy, easy, easy, so easy.”

And then after the birth, “I don’t know if that birth could have been any more blissful.”

The question is:  Do our positive words, feelings of love, and gratitude to partner/support team create an easier birth?   Or does an easy birth create the positive words, love, gratitude?

First Time Mom (Homebirth Story)

New birth story up!