I want women to know the strength of their own body and the confidence that can come from a fearless birth
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My birth journey started when I decided to have an unmedicated birth with my first baby. Hypnobirthing classes opened my eyes to the beautiful, calm birth that was available to all mothers. I learned that birth didn't have to be scary or painful. I dove into learning, reading, and practicing for the birth I wanted. When the time came, my labor was going well until I felt pressured to speed up the process. I decided to have my membranes artifically ruptured, after which coping with the contractions became incredibly difficult and I felt like my plan was falling apart. My labor was long and felt difficult and scary, but when Lily was born the joy and sense of empowerment I gained was far beyond what I could have imagined. I knew I would love my baby, but I had no idea how amazing my body was.
Although my first birth was a positive experience, I still carried some fear into my second pregnancy. With the help of a loving and listening professional birth educator, I processed my first birth and regained the confidence I needed that I could have a pain-free birth. The second birth could not have gone more smoothly. I was honestly surprised at how different this experience was from the first. A comfortable environment, supportive and patient midwives, and an intense focus on my relaxation and positive-mindset skills resulted in a fast, pain-free delivery of a 9 lb baby boy. After Oliver's birth, I realized the power of a trained support person and my dream to help other women in birth was born. Learn more about Oliver's birth story in my blog.
My third labor, unmedicated like the two before it, was not as straightforward. I would still describe it as comfortable and without pain, but we didn't realize the baby was facing anterior until I was dilated to 8 cm. His position caused my contractions to change and my labor to stall (isn't it amazing that your body knows something isn't right?). Once we realized he was out of position, I changed my body position to help him turn and within a few minutes he was born! I'm so thankful for my attentive and patient midwife who prioritized my birth plan and well-being. A year and a half after Grant's birth I decided to become a birth doula. My training has fueled my passion for the incredible birth process, the indescribable strength of a woman's body, and my desire to help women have the birth they want!