Tag Archives: Midwife

The Birth Interview Project | Alison’s Birth Center Birth

25 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.

Alison and her son, Henry

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

I became pregnant after having struggled with PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome) for over three years. My husband of 8 years and I were in no way trying to have a baby at that time. I was just trying to get my PCOS under control so that when we did decide to start a family we would have an easier time. In September of 2009, I had surgery to have dozens of ovarian cysts removed which were, in essence, suffocating my reproductive system. I was then put on birth control to help regulate my hormone production. Six months to the day after I had my surgery I found out I was pregnant. Hence why we call Henry “our little Jurassic Park baby” — nature found a way! Though we were not yet trying to get pregnant, we were none-the-less thrilled. I knew I would seek a natural childbirth well before I ever became pregnant. I have a minor in Women’s Studies and personally feel that the medical system in America has hijacked women’s ability to birth in a physically “normal” manner. I am incredibly happy to live in a nation with wonderful Ob/GYN surgeons should a mom and baby need them. For me though, I wanted to birth the way my mother, grandmother and ancestors birthed. 

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

My due date was November 22nd but throughout my whole pregnancy my Midwife, Jean, reminded me that most first time moms deliver around 41 weeks and 3 days. Henry was born December 2nd, 2010 at exactly 41 weeks and 3 days. 

What was Henry’s weight and length?

Henry was a perfect 8 pounds, 7 ounces and a little tall at 21 ¾ inches.

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Reflections on Noah’s Birth. Part 4

7 Feb

Read Part 1 Here ||| Read Part 2 Here || Read Part 3 Here

I made a promise a long time ago to write out my reflections and thoughts regarding my son’s birth, and ten months later, I’m finally getting around to it.

Peter, holding Noah for the first time!

Here is what I do remember.

I struggled and still do with how fast my labor was.  In case you’re reading this for the first time, I arrived at the birth center in raging labor, with contractions right on top of each other (convinced I was in transition) and my midwife let me know I was four cm.  I honestly thought I would have to leave and get an epidural because I had no idea how I would manage if the contractions worsened.  The good news is that the pain of the contractions never got worse, only the pressure below intensified.  I should mention that we arrived at the birth center somewhere between 5:35 and 5:45 and I was 4 cm when we arrived and I birthed my son at 6:13 pm.  That means that active labor, transition, pushing  – and kablamo – babe in arms was less than 45 minutes.  That’s crazy fast.  CRAZY!

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The Birth Interview Project | Beth’s 3rd Birth Center Waterbirth

4 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 reflect the values of the blog author.

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

Beth and her hubby, Mike. Doesn't Beth carry her babies beautifully! Love that baby belly!

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

I am a mother of five telling about my youngest child’s birth.

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

I was due 12/22 and Rebekah was born 12/15.

What was Rebekah’s weight and length?

She weighed 7 pounds 6 inches and was 21.75 inches.  My tallest one yet!

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The Birth Interview Project | Beth’s Birth Center Waterbirth

8 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 third interview.  If you want to catch up and get a little more familiar with Beth, go read her first interview by clicking here and read her second interview by clicking here. Enjoy!

Beth laboring in the tub

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 first waterbaby, 5 years ago after two hospital births.

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

I was due July 28th and baby was born July 14th.

What was your baby’s weight and length?

Hannah was born 7 pounds 2 ounces and I don’t remember the length.  I know I’m supposed to know but I just don’t.

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