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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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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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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 | Tracey’s Natural, Birth Center Birth

12 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 met Tracey in April of 2011, when she attended the childbirth classes that I helped teach in Denton, TX.  I’ll always remember Tracey’s class because I was due with Noah any moment, and it was a lot of fun to be right there in the thick of pregnancy with all of the moms attending the classes.  The other thing that makes Tracey and her class special is the way in which every mom from that class has stayed connected and a part of each other’s life.  Which, I’ll just throw my two cents in here – is just one more reason to take part in a childbirth education class –  the friendships you’ll make!

Tracey and her very snugly baby, Olive

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

I’m Tracey Johnson, wife of Guy Johnson and one of 3 daughters to Shelley Bridges. My family is originally from Arkansas, but I call Texas home now. I recently quit my job to become a full-time mom and it was definitely the best (and scariest) decision of my life! This is the first baby for me; little baby Olivia (Olive) Carol Johnson.

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

My due date was June 10th, 2011 (same as our 1 year anniversary) and Olive’s actual birth date was June 8th.

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