Tag Archives: Hospital Birth

The Birth Interview Project | Emily’s Medically Indicated Induction w/out Epidural

5 Jun

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

My name is Emily. I am 28 years old (was 27 when my baby was born), and this was my first birth. My husband Chris and I live in central CT.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?

I was due on March 29, 2011, but Benjamin was born March 18, 2011 (11 days early).

What was your baby’s name, weight and length?

Benjamin James, 6 lbs. 14 oz., 20.5 inches

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The Birth Interview Project | Sara’s Attempted Homebirth w/Hospital Transfer

5 Jun

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.

Sara laboring in the birthing pool with her son, Lucas.

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.  

I am Sara, 32 years old, married for 5 years and a stay at home mom going back to school for lactation consulting.  This is our second baby, the first was born in the hospital, this one was an attempted homebirth.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?  

The first due date given by my OB was March 23rd, they later changed it to March 30th.  When I switched to my midwife we decided that March 27th was my EDD.  Max came into the world March 27, 2011 at 1:54 AM.

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The Birth Interview Project | Tracey’s Medically Indicated Hospital Induction w/out Epidural.

29 Feb

The Birth Interview Project consists of 17 simple questions designed to help mothers process their birth story & share it with others. All mothers are invited to take part in this project. Born out of Joy’s desire to help women discover, process and express the  feelings surrounding their birth experiences, The Birth Interview Project strives to offer a platform for mothers and readers alike to share and be heard, to search and to discover, to identify and to heal, and to exhort and remember. The views and opinions expressed here are unique to each woman who takes part in the Birth Interview Project and may not always reflect the values of the blog author.

Mama with her sweet baby girl.

Please give a brief description of yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.

I’m 32, I’m a cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding mother of 3.  This is the story of my 3rd baby, Finley Harper.

What was your due date, and what was your baby’s birth date?  

Due date: June 23rd, 2010.  Birth date: June 7th, 2010

What was your baby’s weight and length?  

6lb 11oz and 21 inches long.

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Valerie’s VBAC | An Israeli Birth Story

17 Feb

I met Valerie while I was touring Europe with a band the summer of  2oo2.  She sat across from me at a dinner party and spoke her perfect English with her ever so charming Swiss French accent.  She was so sweet and quirky and funny – I just couldn’t help myself, I loved her.  As fate would have it, Valerie and I became the best of friends. In 2003, Valerie met and married her husband, Youval, where they settled outside of his home town of Tel Aviv, Israel.  In June of 2011, Valerie gave birth to her second daughter and her fourth baby. It was a successful VBAC. I asked Valerie to share her story with us and she’s done a great job telling us about her birth.  Keep in mind as you read this that English is just one of the four languages Valerie speaks.  I’m seriously impressed by this mama (and proud of my friend) and I think you will be too. You’ll read about how she found a new care provider at 42 weeks in her pregnancy who supporter her birth choices, she labored in a birth pool, she pushed for FOUR HOURS and gave birth to a 10-pound-baby. Amazing! Enjoy ~

Valerie, her husband, Youval, and their four children.

First of all, I am so thankful to have four wonderful kids. I must say that I have learned so much about birth through my own experiences, but still feel that I have so much to learn.  I always hope that my next birth experience will be better, but we’ll have to see. :)

I always have babies that are big, more than 9 pounds/4 kilos. My first two births were natural births, but my third birth didn’t go well, and I had a c-section.  At the hospital here (in Israel) there is a “protocol” that if the water has been broken after a certain amount of time and after 2 hours of pushing they don’t give any further chances to the mother and require a c-section. So that’s what happen with my third birth.

Valerie makes one gorgeous pregnant mama!

When I became pregnant for the fourth time, I knew I wanted a VBAC. I prepared by reading a lot about VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean) and I was definitely optimistic that I could succeed with a VBAC!

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