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Ode to Midwifery: Stories and Images Celebrating the Midwives We Love - Page 2post #22 of 485/6/11 at 1:16pmpost #23 of 485/6/11 at 1:43pmpost #24 of 485/6/11 at 1:45pmpost #25 of 485/6/11 at 4:06pmpost #26 of 485/6/11 at 7:29pm
Our amazing midwife attended our first daughter's homebirth and of course when I became pregnant for the second time we looked forward to another loving birth with her. However at 34 weeks we discovered that our little baby no longer had a heartbeat. Our midwife accompanied us to the hospital and stayed there throughout my labor, advocating for me and asking the questions I didn't know to ask. She stayed with us most of the night but went home to rest for a bit and unfortunately missed the birth of our baby girl. She came up right away and spent most of the rest of the time with us while we were at the hospital. She truly went above and beyond for us. The middle name we gave our daughter is our midwife's middle name, a small way to thank her for her wonderful service. She is now my midwife again as we prepare to welcome another baby into our lives and we are so humbled to have her on this journey.post #27 of 485/10/11 at 2:58pm
I love my midwife! She attended the birth of our first son, at a free standing birth center, and will be attending the upcoming birth of our daughter at home.
To save me time, here is a link to my birth story: http://parentingtips365.com/my-birth-story/
And here is a recent article I wrote on my blog about demystifying midwife-supported natural childbirth (part 1, misconceptions and facts about midwives): http://parentingtips365.com/2011/04/15/demystifying-midwife-supported-natural-childbirth-part-1-misconceptions-and-facts-about-midwives/
I had such a positive experience, I truly wish more women could experience the excellent care provided by midwives!post #28 of 485/10/11 at 3:02pm
I loved my midwife! I have so many friends that birth with doctors and are fearful their whole pregnancy. They want to know how I didn't have those feelings. I tell them that it was all thanks to my wonderful midwife. She instilled confidence in me. She trusted that my body knew what to do and so did I. My midwife, Debbie, was my friend and not just my caretaker. She always had a smile and postive words for me. I wish that every woman could have someone like that care for them during the most special time of their life!post #29 of 485/10/11 at 6:09pmpost #30 of 485/10/11 at 7:30pm
I've had three hospital/OB babies, two of whom were preemies and one full-term. Having the full-term baby has given me the confidence to switch to a midwife practice for my fourth pregnancy! I love going in to their office, where I always feel heard and valued. I'm currently 28 weeks and once again on modified bedrest with contractions - really hoping to make it to 36 weeks and beyond once again so I can deliver with the midwives!post #31 of 485/11/11 at 6:17pm
I gave birth to my first child at 36 years old at the same Colorado birth center that the PP mentioned. It was one of the best experiences of my life. All of the midwives in the group are great, but I was lucky enough to get one that I really clicked with for my birth. She really helped me get through the 27 hours of labor and eased me through a scary after birth situation - I tore an artery during birth and had to be transferred to a hospital to get stitched back up. She also seemed to know that I would need some extra help getting DS to latch on and made arrangements for a wonderful LC to come visit my at home the day after we gave birth. That small gesture led to another great relationship with her. I don't know if I could have gotten through this past year as easily if I had not chosen to give birth with a midwife. I was such an important decision that I made and I can't wait to do it again. It made such an impression on my that I've considering training as a doula and maybe pursuing a career as a midwife myself.
This pic was taken just minutes after DS was born. I couldn't have made it through the 27 hours without my midwife's support. Thank you Cassie!post #32 of 485/12/11 at 7:29pm
That's my husband adding hot water....and my midwife holding my son. It takes a lot of trust for a family's children to sit on your lap in the middle of the night while mama makes loud noise and takes a bath in the middle of the room. Solid, stable, energy that children are just drawn to. A trust that is earned.post #33 of 485/12/11 at 8:29pm
Watching my lifeless daughter slide gracefully from my womb into the hands of my loving midwife was a painfully beautiful sight. She was born in the caul, a term meaning she remained in her amniotic sack throughout the birth. At that moment, I was hysterical with grief, anger, pride, love, you name it; I felt it. In my heartache, I couldn’t look at her for more than a second until Jen called my attention to her hands; gracefully formed into a unique position. Peering at my beautiful daughter through her amniotic sac, I felt waves of emotion. I definitely didn’t feel like smiling, but couldn’t help myself when I caught Jen’s eye. Although they were tear-filled, she saw the beauty of this little life who chose me. Juniper’s tiny hands were in a position that reminded Jen of a Tibetan hand symbol for beauty. Through Jen, I was able to extract the positive aspects of my daughter’s life and death through the deep sorrow. She told me Juniper Jane was a spirit baby, who waited for her time to come and then leave again; marking all in her path with love and beauty, and making us all the better.
One year and five days later, I awoke with strong contractions that began the labor of our second child, Cedar Joseph. I felt the powerful surges of labor ripple through me, and knew that I was wrapped in our daughter’s love. Upon reaching my room at the hospital’s birthing center (the same room in which our daughter was born), we wept. We wept with sadness. We wept with joy to be there again. Jen greeted us there, surrounded with her calm confidence. She guided us through labor, and caught our big, beautiful boy (and masterfully dodged an amniotic waterfall immediately after!) Throughout both pregnancies, labors, and births of our children, Jen was a constant; providing unconditional love and support for our family.post #34 of 485/12/11 at 8:52pm
I'm not a birth pic poster, and I'd have to post way too many...
I know this isn't a doula post, but without my doula Carrie at my first child's birth, I might never have gotten the idea to switch to a midwife for my second child's birth. :) So really, the first thank you shout out goes to Carrie :)
The second goes to CNM Teri, who caught my daughter Sophia and taught me what it means to view pregnancy as a natural stage of my life and to expect a healthy birth as the culmination of a healthy 9 months :)
It's because of Teri that I can post a tribute to another midwife--Judy, the CPM who caught my 3rd child and attended the birth of my 4th--DADDY CAUGHT HIM!
Without Carrie's gentle nudge, I might never have realized I could have something different than the 'typical hospital birth' I had with my first. Without Teri's encouragement, I might never have learned that this is all NORMAL and I *can* do this on my own. (I recently told her that I have only seen her for well-woman stuff *because* she does her job so well and that's 100% true.)
And then there's Judy who has been with me through two babies, the second born with a birth defect, my own PPD that I finally admitted to after the last birth...she was there to let me talk things out, yet find my own answers.
And then, I can't possibly give tribute to those who've been at my births without including my doula Jessica--at the birth of my youngest. She took me at 38 weeks pregnant, for free as one of her certifying births. Zayd was born at 12:50 AM Sunday. She was with me from 11 PM Friday night--spent over 24 hours with me even though the REAL labor didn't begin until about 6 PM Sat. (there were some slow contractions, far apart, actually saw my MW and went home because I had ONE contraction in the hour I was there--only to turn around and go back a couple hours later!) She was a total lifesaver, the *best* ever, and though I don't recall exactly how the conversation went, I'm pretty sure she brought up hubby catching the baby. :Dpost #35 of 485/14/11 at 2:48pm
This was timely! I just wrote a "thank you" note to my midwives, so I can share that. DD2 was born at home about 2 1/2 years ago, VBAC, with Birthstream Midwifery (Tosi, Rachel F-T, and Rachel H.). When I compare my experience this time with my high-intervention, medicalized, surgical first birth. . . well, I really can't, they were just such completely different experiences. My home birth did so much to heal the sadness and regrets from my first birth. And the level of attentive, personalized care I received with the midwives just cannot ever be matched by a typical medical birth practice. Anyhow, my thank you:
Thank you. . .
For being willing to meet and talk to me about a normal birth with twins, even though we chose another route.
Tosi, for, "Pizzas are delivered, babies are birthed."
For spending an hour or more with my whole family every month throughout my pregnancy.
Rachel H., for leading birthing classes focused on homebirth.
For letting me chose to have or not to have prenatal testing, without attempting to shame or guilt me into a particular decision, and for letting me do my own testing whenever possible (weight checks, urine strips).
For letting me keep our medical charts in my own home, and giving me the originals after her birth.
For focusing on nutrition throughout my pregnancy. For making sure all your moms and their families have meal trees organized for after the baby arrives.
For coming to my home for all my appointments.
For helping to plan and celebrate my Birthing Way with me.
For only doing two vaginal exams during my whole pregnancy and delivery.
For spending at least 10 hours with us on the day she was born.
Rachel, for your quietly supportive and unobtrusive presence when you arrived while I was laboring.
For staying calm and not over-reacting when I bled so much during delivery. I never even realized your concern until after her birth. There's no question in my mind that, had I been in a hospital, I'd have had another surgical birth.
Tosi, for doing science experiments in the kitchen with my 7-year old twins when their baby sister was 2 hours old.
Rachel, for letting my twins help you examine her placenta after birth, and doing it on my bed next to me so I could watch.
For all the laundry you washed after she was born.
For trusting in breastfeeding and never suggesting formula supplements when she lost more than expected after birth.
For letting me and my baby sleep when you arrived for postpartum visits.
For hot rice socks, comfrey leaf compresses, and postpartum "baby blues" teas.
For making sure my husband understood that my only job for the first 6 weeks postpartum was to feed the baby and sleep.
Tosi, for drying and encapsulating the placenta for me, and for the dried heart-shaped strip of umbilical cord.
For bringing herbal mastitis remedy to my door more than once over the last two years, and for reminding me that I need to REST!
For continuing to nurture my family, opening your home, your trampoline, and your pool to us every other month for potlucks, and for braiding my hair and my daughter's hair at Whole Earth every year.
For putting your love and commitment to women, babies, and birth above any desire to be wealthy. One the day Gillian was born, my mom asked me how much we were paying you, and remarked "They don't make enough!" For ensuring that other women in our community can have a home birth and midwifery care even when they cannot pay.
For trusting, honoring, and respecting women's' bodies, and helping to normalize low-intervention birth.post #36 of 485/16/11 at 5:00pm
YAY for you AND Melissa Stallings! I am Melissa's midwifery mentor... I have to say, it does my heart proud to have trained up such a well-praised midwife!
I ADORE Melissa and I know she will be serving mama's in Colorado VERY soon!
Kim Mosny, CPM
Midlothian VApost #37 of 485/17/11 at 3:02pm
Many thanks to my and all midwives and their assistants! I gave birth at home to a beautiful girl in Jan during a snowstorm. My midwife Cyndy and her assistant Adria (who was pregnant at the time also) came over and we had my prenatal visit, a walk in a snowstorm and lunch. They went home and a few hours later I went into labor and in just 2 1/2 hours my baby was here.... My mama was present and we both caught her when she came out. Cyn and Adria arrived 15 mins after she came out in time to deliver the placenta, get in the bath and stich me up! They came back everyday for the whole month after she was born to help! Thanks to them I was able to just relax and give all of my lovin to my daughter!post #38 of 485/18/11 at 3:32pm
This thread is making me tear up!!! I am SO GRATEFUL for the midwives I know and the midwives I don't know. Worldwide, midwives are there to support women and encourage them through the most amazing, intense, difficult and empowering experience in their lives!!!!
I have had two midwives come to my home and help two of my three children come into this world. I love and appreciate both of them! Laura Gilbert and Cindy Lybolt are two amazing women!!!!
I am going to have to post pics later when I can locate them...post #39 of 485/18/11 at 3:39pm
I would have a hard time to pick just one amazing midwife. In our area there is a fantastic birthing center that has not only stood its ground but broken more and expanded! Heart 2 Heart birth center http://www.h2hbirthcenter.com/ is a home a way from home and staffed by 2 amazing women Michelle Gawne and Kaleen Richards. They are both very different but work together as a great team. Kaleen attended my son's birth and I wouldn't have changed a thing.post #40 of 485/18/11 at 4:19pm
Elizabeth was born gently
At full term
At full weight
With a kind midwife
Under her mother’s own power
Surrounded by love and safety
Her entrance into the world
A seed of potential
And a testament to the power
Of birth in it’s purest form.
(about an hour after our homebirth)
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