I delivered my first baby on 12/8/08 at Hackettstown hospital. The whole experience with Hackettstown midwives was just amazing. I don't know how to thank all of them to this day!!! Even though I was planning for a water birth, I had to step out of the jacuzzi... b/c I couldn't dilate to 100% even after 30 hours of long labor. Roxy administered the right dosage of pitocin and she helped me out manually too. Water labor was much much better than just laboring outside of water. Water is a very powerful pain management techinique. The one thing that I regret about that I didn't hire my acupuncturist (many studies show that acupuncture during labor can speed up the progress and if a woman desires, she can also have acupuncture for pain relief). Hopefully, you wont' need to go through the same. Lisa was there during my early labor, but Roxy was with me almost all the time. I also had Teresa Fisher (who was our childbirth educator) to be my doula. Teresa was also wonderful!!! My boy was also bit - 8lbs 12ounces and I didn't tear besides not bringing an acupuncturist I wouldn't change a single thing about my labor/delivery Besides, girls, you can't really plan it, you can prepare as much as you can, but you don't really know in advance how it'll go. I will use Hackettstown midwives in the future even though it takes us 1 hour to get there (we live in Glen Rock, Bergen county).
All the best to everybody and congrats!!!
They recommend Ina May's Guide to Childbirth on the course, but I didn't really like it. I liked "The Baby Book" by dr Sears more
I switched to the practice on my 26-28 week (don't remember exactly) and I also regretted that I didn't switch earlier!!! All three of them sat down with me for about an hour during each prenatal visit, answered all of my numerous questions and made my concerns disappear.
I was also "overdue" by 10 days when I went into labor, but you really need to count 40 weeks from the ovulation date (thus i think it's normal to go up to 42nd week). I tried different natural techniques to induce myself. On my last prenatal visit I had a normal non-stress test and Cindy recommended to have primrose oil taken orally and vaginally (I wasn't dilated or effaced by even 1%). So, on 12/5/08 I had my primrose oil taken, then on 12/06/08, I ate spicy foods (though I think spicy foods is BS, but at least I tried...), walked a lot (probably more than 2 hours), but I walked almost every day (for about 30-40 min) during my pregnancy and had another session of prenatal yoga. During childbirth courses/prenatal visits they also recommend to have sex especially after 37 weeks, since male sperm has a hormone that softens the cervix. I went into labor on 12/06 in the evening and my baby was born on 12/08/08.
Hello everyone! I am a mom-to-be in Warren County, NJ. I am mearing the end of week 30 and I have decided I would like to have a water birth, possibly in my own home. Does anyone know midwives who would do a home water birth? or if not, could someone give me more details about the Hackettstown midwives and hospital? I would really appreciate it! Thanks! :)
Hi Tigress! Check out Jessica Lawlor. She was totally on board with my home waterbirth! http://www.newjerseyhomebirth.com/
Cindy + DH Paul = DS1 (4/26/06), DS2 (11/30/07), DD (12/20/10) & surprise 4th edition coming in April 2014.
Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Breastfeeding Counselor
Mom to Liam 9/06, spirit baby 3/09, and identical twins Mateo and Sebastian 10/11
I am very surprised at any negative comments made of the Hackettstown midwives. Lisa attended the births of both my son and daughter and it went swimmingly both times! (Waterbirths - pun intended!) She was knitting during the first birth, but I knew if she was free to knit then all was going well. I knew she had every sense tuned into what I was doing and as she said I'M not the one giving birth, YOU are. I'm just here to help." I credit the education I received here (and Teresa's class) for my short labors- 9 & 4.5 hrs. No surprises. And for the most part, she was with us the whole time. I adore these women. It wasn't just about our kid's births- they really changed our lives. Because of what I have learned from them & since then, I am considering to be a Bradley instructor myself!