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The Birth Interview Project | Beth’s Medicated Hospital Birth – 8 Years Ago

7 Jan

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.

Hi readers! Here is Beth’s second interview.  If you want to catch up and get a little more familiar with Beth, go read her first interview by clicking here.

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

I am a mother of five describing the birth of my second child, 8 years ago.

Beth, in the hospital, ready to go

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

EDD – January 2
Delivered – January 2

What was your baby’s weight and length?

Malachi Rene was 9 pounds 4 ounces, 21 inches long.

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The Birth Interview Project | Beth’s Hospital Birth w/Demerol. 13 Years Ago

30 Dec

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 reflect the values of the blog author.

Beth’s first birth story is a hard one.  The disconnect that she experienced during her labor and lack of concern that surrounded her birth leaves me with a sinking feeling in my heart.  But it is the first story in a sequence of Beth’s birth stories that show her growth and empowerment in labor and birth.  Beth is the mother of five beautiful children and each of their birth stories will be told through The Birth Interview Project.

I feel compelled to share with you a little about Beth before you read her story. I met Beth while I worked at Inanna Birth and Women’s Center as a birth assistant.  I remember last December being called in for a birth, I quietly walked into the room thinking that I would see a mother showing the typical signs of heavy labor; to my surprise I saw Beth standing, swaying her hips back and forth, her hands resting on her belly, laughing, in mid conversation with her husband, son and midwife.  Initially, I thought I was called in too early for assistance, only to find out from the midwife that Beth was 9 cms dilated and would shortly deliver her baby (in the water, a beautiful little girl, – but you’ll read that story later).  

Being that I was around 30 weeks pregnant, I walked away from Beth’s birth with awe.  I took her birth experience, meditated on it and allowed it to paint of picture of what birth – even my own approaching birth – could look like.

Beth soon became a friend and continues to pour encouragement into my life on a regular basis.  Some people are gifted that way, and she is one of those who just oozes appreciation and validation on to you.   Beyond that, I have to say, she gave me one of the best and most practical gift-basket-of-a-shower gift(s) I have ever received! Plus, I’m really glad that I have a friend who has so much experience in the mothering department.  She’s raising five children between the ages of 13 and 1 – I can always go to her with my new (HELP, WHAT DO I DO NOW?) mom questions.  Thank you, Beth!  

I know you will enjoy reading Beth’s progression of  birth stories. Here is Beth’s first interview on the birth of her son, Trey.

Trey, now 13 years old, holding his youngest sister, Rebekah.

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

I am a mother of five sharing with you the birth of my first child, 13 years ago.

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

EDD – April 12
Birthdate – April 2

What was Michael Atreyu’s (Trey) weight and length?

8 pounds 6 oz., 21 inches long.

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The Birth Interview Project | Marylois’ Natural Hospital Birth – 34 years ago

20 Dec

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.

I nudged my mom to take part in this interview, and she agreed.  How cool is that!  Studies reveal that, as mothers, we NEVER forget the emotions surrounding our birth stories – even 34 years later.  In this interview my mom shares the story of my birth, her third, and last baby.

My Dad, Gene, and my Mom, Marylois, in the early 80s.

I want to say, it’s my mom who I give credit to for allowing me to view childbirth as normal and natural.  I grew up knowing the word midwife and how to properly say “midwifery” thanks to my mom. I also grew up not being afraid of labor and birth because, as my mom would always say, “Contractions are just a lot of pressure.”

I have to add, that it was a blessing that when I chose to birth outside of a hospital with a midwife during my first pregnancy that I not only had my husband’s support, but my parents complete support, too.  My mom was present in the room helping me labor through both of my births.  

My second birthday, smiling at my dad.

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

The Birth Interview Project has been so beautiful – reading all the precious birth stories of you dear young women! Joy asked me to write my birth story and so I will tell you about Joy’s birth. I was 29 years old – 1977 and we were living in Jacksonville, Florida. Joy was our third baby and her Daddy was in the Navy and overseas when she was born, but arrived home a few days after she was born.

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The Birth Interview Project | Beth’s Hospital Birth of Preemie Twins

15 Dec

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 reflect the values of the blog author.

Beth, thirty weeks pregnant with her twin girls.

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

I am a stay-at-home mother of three young children with another baby due in May of 2012. I keep myself from going insane by attending my local MOPS group, playdates, and nap times. I am excited to share with you the birth of my twin girls.

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

My due date with my twin girls was Jan 27th of 2009 but they were born nine weeks early on Dec 1st, 2008.

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