• C and C started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  C had a beautiful home birth with her first little guy, and was looking for another great experience with this little one. C had experienced a precipitous delivery with her first baby, and her first midwife did not make her […]

  • M and G started care with me in the first trimester of their third pregnancy.  M had previously used A Sacred Journey Midwifery Services for her previous delivery, and was excited to be planning another home birth.  You can read about her first homebirth here. M’s pregnancy was a bit harder than previous pregnancies between […]

  • C and J started care with me in the first trimester of their sixth pregnancy.  This was C’s fourth time using me as her midwife.  You can read about her previous journey’s here, here, and here. C’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  As her due window came, she was feeling more and more ready to meet […]

  • C and A started care with me in the first trimester of their third pregnancy.  This was to be their third time under my care.  You can read about their previous two journeys here and here. C’s pregnancy progressed along perfectly.  C was anxious for this little one’s birthing time, as her previous two journey’s […]

  • What a blessed year 2018 has been!  I have been honored to have supported 20 families grow this year through their deliveries, as well as welcoming our longed for IVF rainbow baby.  You can read about our journey here if you want to know more about my story!  I am pretty amazed that despite a […]

C and C started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  C had a beautiful home birth with her first little guy, and was looking for another great experience with this little one.

C had experienced a precipitous delivery with her first baby, and her first midwife did not make her birth.  This caused her some anxiety through out the pregnancy, and I encouraged her that I was going to make it, and if for some reason I did not, i would be en route and close, but was confident I would make it.

Six days after her estimated due date, C called me around 4am, letting me know she had begun experiencing contractions an hour earlier that were becoming more regular, longer, and stronger, and C prompted her to call for me to come as I live a bit of a distance from her, and with her history, we did not want to chance me missing it!

I arrived around 515am, and found C laying on her right side in her bed.  All vitals were normal.  C and I began discussing a cervical exam, and her choices dependent upon what her cervix was doing.  I did an exam at 530am, and found C to be 4cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  I swept her membranes per her request.

After the exam, C moved to her birth ball, snacking on a banana between contractions.  We enjoyed laughing and chatting in between the waves.

At 615am, apprentice A began doing lift and tucks with the rebozo with C to help strengthen her contractions.  Contractions were coming ever 2-3 minutes, lasting 45-60 seconds after the lift and tuck.

After working hard with that position, C moved to laying on her right side again in her bed to get a little rest.

After getting some rest, C and C got ready and went outside for a walk.  They went for a good 25 minute walk, before coming back in for hydrating.  C was ready to keep working, and moved on to doing a fun position I call Captain Morgan’s with hip circles.  We had C do three on each leg, which helps open up the pelvis and allow the baby more room to move on down.

C stated she was beginning to feel some pressure in her bottom.  She moved to the toilet because she thought it would feel good.

C requested a cervical exam at 8am.  She was 7cm dilated, and +1 station.  She decided she was ready to move to the birth pool, laboring in a seated position.  We started to give her homeopathic arnica to help with swelling and bleeding associated with delivery.

C soon moved to laboring on her knees, focused with the waves, and snacking on chocolate covered strawberries between contractions.  I feel like chocolate covered strawberries just screams #thisishomebirth.  Mom’s get to do and eat whatever they want!

As the 9 o’clock hour appeared, C’s contractions were coming every 4-5 minutes, lasting about a minute long.  C was alternating her position between sitting and kneeling every few contractions, as her journey became more intense.

The heat of transition was upon as 10am appeared.  C was done, as all women feel when experiencing transition.  I sat on her bed side, and gently encouraged her with each wave that she was powerful and she was going to meet her sweet baby so soon.

Soon, her body began to push.  At 1025am, her body was pushing and bringing her baby rapidly close to her arms. With the second push, the head was visible on the perineum, and with the third, the baby was crowning.

Her water broke with delivery of her baby’s head.  With the next wave, C powerfully birthed her baby in the birth pool just as she wished and hoped.

Welcome to the world, Shiloh!  Born earthside on April 15th, 2019 at 1028am, weighing in at 8lbs 8ozs.  Her big brother was so excited to see her, trying to figure out who this little one in his mama’s arms is!

It was such an honor to support this powerful mama through her labor journey.  #sacredjourneymidwifery

Photos by Yany Photography.

M and G started care with me in the first trimester of their third pregnancy.  M had previously used A Sacred Journey Midwifery Services for her previous delivery, and was excited to be planning another home birth.  You can read about her first homebirth here.

M’s pregnancy was a bit harder than previous pregnancies between fatigue and nausea, and then followed gestational diabetes.  I know she was bummed to have to deal with GD on top of being pregnant and the pregnancy cravings that pregnancy brings, but I have to say she was amazing with things, and was able to manage her GD with diet changes and exercise.

M called me at 126am on her due date letting me know she was experiencing strong, regular contractions every 4-5 minutes, lasting over a minute since she got out of the bath an hour earlier.  Since her previous labor had gone fairly quickly once active labor commenced, we agreed I should be on the way.

I arrived at 210am, finding M laboring peacefully on her right side in her bed, gently moaning with labor waves.  The lights were dim, and M was in her birth zone.  She let me know that she was starting to feel some light rectal pressure at the peaks.  The birth team started to move along with getting the birth pool set up, and everything we needed for delivery ready.

Mom and baby’s vitals were all perfect.  I did an exam at 234am, and found M to be 6cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  Her cervix was soft and stretchy, and I could tell labor would not last much longer.

M continued to labor on her side in her bed, patiently waiting for the birth pool to fill.  The sounds of birth becoming more and more clear.  M wanted in the birth pool, and she was not having a baby without it!

M’s water broke at 305am, just as the birth pool was ready for her.  After a birth wave had passed, M walked faster than I have ever seen to the birth pool in the other room, and got into the warm water in a semi reclining position.  With the next wave, M began to spontaneously push.  Things moved quickly.  The head began to crown at 313am, followed by the rest of the baby a minute later.

M and G looked at their sweet team green baby and found out their tie breaker was a sweet little girl!

Welcome to the world, Zipporah!  Born earthside on January 22, 2019, weighing in at 9lbs 2ozs, 20.75″ long.  Big brother and sister were definitely in love with their precious new sibling.

Miss Zipporah needed a little help to stabilize her blood sugar, so I assisted in giving her some donor milk, which immediately regulated her blood sugar, and she never had an issue after that.

I was such a joy and honor to get to work with this family for a second time.  #sacredjourneymidwifery

 

C and J started care with me in the first trimester of their sixth pregnancy.  This was C’s fourth time using me as her midwife.  You can read about her previous journey’s here, here, and here.

C’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  As her due window came, she was feeling more and more ready to meet her little guy.  Prodromal labor contractions were becoming more regular and stronger.  We did an exam at her last prenatal appointment at 39.1 weeks, and C was 3cm dilated, 80% effaced, and baby at a -1 station.

One day after her estimated due date, C sent me a text in the night stating her contractions were coming every 10 minutes, but were very strong and she felt that it was likely to happen sometime in the night.  I was with another mom who was close to having her baby, so I asked C to keep me well updated.

As we were finishing up the postpartum care at the first birth, C asked if I could stop by on my way back home to do an exam.  I said of course, and was on my way with a arrival time of 725am.

As I was pulling in, I saw C and J walking around the block, but could tell something was amiss. C did not seem herself.  Once we started talking as I was collecting vitals, C said she was feeling an unusual, sharp pain in her lower abdomen that was worrying her.  She was on edge that something was wrong.  All vitals were perfect, and C was 5cm dilated, 50% effaced, and a -1 station.  I told C everything diagnostically looked good, but if something was telling her that this baby needed to be born in the hospital, I 100% supported her.  C requested some time to talk to J, while I sat in the living room and waited.

At 830am, C told me she was just feeling too concerned at home this time, and felt she needed to transport for a repeat cesarean (C’s three previous deliveries with me had all been VBA2Cs.).  As they packed up, I called and gave a report to the charge nurse.  We arrived at the hospital at 930.  I was made to wait in the waiting room while C and J went back.

My husband brought my baby up to nurse.  J came to get me right before 11.  They performed an ultrasound, and the hospitalist told C that since she wasn’t in labor and that by ultrasound her uterus looked fine, she was being discharged for home and refusing to do a cesarean.  C was upset, as she felt like it was time for baby to come out.  We discussed options, and C stated she would like me to come back to the house and do a membrane sweep and herbs, before she took a nap.

I did vitals at 1140am.  C was 6cm dilated, 80% effaced, and station at -1.  C originally had told me she would want me to go home after the sweep, but contractions were much more uncomfortable so she asked me to wait.

She sat on the birth ball at 1155, moving gently through contractions.  Contractions seemed to be coming every 3 minutes, and definitely were intense.  J was filling the birth pool so that it was ready for C when she wanted it.

C moved to left side lying in the bed at 1207pm.  She had her eyes closed and was focused, but requested I not leave because things were intense.

Things seemed to be moving quickly from here, so I requested the birth team to start coming this way at 1225pm.

C needed to move, and got out of the bed to walk around the bedroom at 1230pm.  She was starting to feel pushy, and was ready for the birth pool to be ready.  The pool was soon ready, and C got in at 1246pm in a semi reclining position.

C said she was needing to push at the peaks at 1250pm.  C has a history of cervical lips, and her preference is for me to hold the lip back.  I did an exam at 1254pm, and found C to have a cervical lip, 100% effaced, and baby at a +2 station.  She began to spontaneously push with the next contraction as I reduced the lip.  The lip reduced very rapidly.  As soon as the cervix was gone, the baby came quickly.  At 1258pm, baby was born en the caul.  I pulled the caul off the baby, and placed him immediately on his mom’s chest.  After days and days of contractions, he was finally here!

Welcome to the world Sean!  Born earthside on January 18th, 2019 at 1258pm, weighing in at 8lbs 14ozs, 20″ long.  He had a fast and furious journey earthside once he was ready to come, being born less than two hours after C was told at the hospital that she was not in labor!  What a journey he had earthside.

Repeat clients are super special, and it was extra special getting to work with C and J for a fourth time, making them my second “four-peats” of my career thus far.

#sacredjourneymidwifery

C and A started care with me in the first trimester of their third pregnancy.  This was to be their third time under my care.  You can read about their previous two journeys here and here.

C’s pregnancy progressed along perfectly.  C was anxious for this little one’s birthing time, as her previous two journey’s were quite different from each other, and she was unsure what this journey would bring.

On January 18th, 2019, a few days before her estimated due date, C was unable to sleep from contractions.  She messaged me her contraction log.  While I was up feeding my own baby, C messaged at 116am that her water had broken.  Knowing how fast things moved along with her last journey after her water had broken, I began to prepare to head her way.  When I was about ready to go, A sent a text saying “red alert!” which is a little inside joke from the last journey where he kept texting that to the doula, but not texting anything to me.   I let him know that I was on the way, and would be there soon.

I arrived right before 2am, and found C standing at her bed side, her doula providing counter pressure with contractions.  Contractions were coming every 3 minutes, lasting 45 seconds.

C requested a cervical check after initial vitals for her and baby were taken.  I found her cervix to be 7cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a -1 station.

C continued to move around her bedroom while waiting for the birth pool to finish filling.  Right before 3am, she got into the pool, laboring on her knees.

Big brother H could not sleep, and was wide awake for the journey. He watched some shows on the tablet for some of the time, but then realized that something was not right with mom and dad, and became a little upset wanting their attention.  He was such a sweet boy through out his mama’s labor.

C was beginning to moan, sounding primal through her contractions.  H came over to love on his mama through contractions.  It was very precious.

D got into the tub, and C moved her position slightly to lean on him.  H was upset that he could not get to his mom and dad.  I told them it was fine for H to get into the birth pool if they were okay with it.  C said she wanted him to be happy.  So H got in the pool in the buff, but he insisted he needed his goggles before getting in.  Once those were located, he was one happy kid, swimming all around the birth pool while his mom finished her journey in transition.

H was cracking us all up by swimming under the water under his mom’s butt to see what was going on.  He was getting quite the front row viewing of his baby brother’s entrance earth side.  He was very unphased by things.  He continued to love on his mama by rubbing on her like the doula was, as C began to push at 344am.

Things moved quickly from here.  The head was crowning at 345am, followed by the birth of the head at 346am, and the baby came a minute later at 347am.  He was here!

Welcome to the world, Rijkaar!  Born earthside on January 18th, 2019 at 347am, weighing in at 8lbs 6ozs, 20in in length.  The journey was perfect, and made even more special by H’s presence and the un-orchestrated moments he brought to the journey.  H was so in love with his baby brother brother the moment he came up from the water.

It was such a blessing to support this family for a third time.  Working with repeat clients is always something I treasure.  #sacredjourneymidwifery

 

What a blessed year 2018 has been!  I have been honored to have supported 20 families grow this year through their deliveries, as well as welcoming our longed for IVF rainbow baby.  You can read about our journey here if you want to know more about my story!  I am pretty amazed that despite a hard pregnancy, a preemie, a difficult recovery and a baby with some unique issues, I have supported 20 families!  That seems like so many with this blessed, crazy year!

This year was definitely met with a few curve balls and complications.  I dealt with two placental abruptions with clients, one including an emergency cesarean at 34 weeks and the other resulted in a newborn transport after delivery.  I had a precipitous surprise breech when I was 32 weeks and on bed rest that was crazy but went perfectly.  Just to name a few things!

Each couple becomes more than a client by time their birth ends, and it has truly been a blessing to help each one of these couples through their journey in 2018.  I am honored that they chose A Sacred Journey Midwifery Services PLLC to care for them and help them on their journey as parents.  I am sent the best clients.

Here are my 2018 Stats:

Total Births: 20

Boys: 8 (40%)

Girls: 12 (60%)

Most Births in a Day: 1 (I am grateful for that!)

Biggest Baby: 9lbs, 12ozs

Smallest Baby:  5lbs, 4ozs

Longest Baby:  23.25″

Shortest Baby:  18.25″

Longest Labor:  16 hours, 13 minutes

Shortest Labor:  1 hour, 33 minutes

Vaginal Births:  18 (90%)

Cesarean Births:  2 (10%)

VBACs:  3 out of 4 total clients planning a VBAC achieved their VBAC with two of those clients successfully having a VBA2C!

First Time Clients Served:  2 (10%) ‘

VBAC Clients Served:  4 (20%)

Repeat Clients Served:  10 (50%)

Water Births:  4 (20%)

Labored in the Water:  11 (55%)

Used a Doula:  8 (40%)

Breastfeeding at 6 Weeks Postpartum:  20 (100%)

Labor Started With SROM:  2 (10%)

Earliest to Deliver:  34.0 weeks

Latest to Deliver:  41.3 weeks

I have 18 clients on my schedule for 2019 currently!  Looking forward to seeing what lessons are learned and blessings are had for 2019.

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