• D and T started care with me in the first trimester of their first pregnancy.  D was super excited about her pregnancy and planning her home birth. At 38.6 weeks is when D entered her birthing time.  T came home at 3am that morning from work.  D had been asleep.  Contractions woke D at 330am, […]

  • R and J started care with me at the beginning of the third trimester of their fourth pregnancy. R had her previous baby at home, and was looking forward to another home birth. R’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  Two days before her due date, R was feeling a lot of pressure and activity, and we […]

  • This is a unique birth story to share.  I was honored to have helped A welcome her own baby into the world at home a couple years ago, you can read my version here and her version here.  This time, A was being a surrogate for a couple who were excited to be welcoming TWINS […]

  • A and J started care with me in the first trimester of their sixth pregnancy.  This was their second baby that I got to be their midwife.  You can read about their first birth with me here. A came to group prenatal on June 11th, and wanted to try some herbal tea and a sweep […]

  • T and H started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  They had birthed their first child at a birth center, and were looking forward to staying home for this little one’s journey. At her 39.0 weekly appointment, T was talking about how she really hoped she would go into labor […]

D and T started care with me in the first trimester of their first pregnancy.  D was super excited about her pregnancy and planning her home birth.

At 38.6 weeks is when D entered her birthing time.  T came home at 3am that morning from work.  D had been asleep.  Contractions woke D at 330am, that immediately started coming every 2 minutes, lasting 20-30 seconds and D was having some bloody show.  T updated me with this info around 430am.  I recommended eating, hydrating, bath, and rest and reviewed when I would come.

T sent a text at 635am saying contractions were now coming every 2 minutes lasting over a minute for an hour.  We decided I would head their way at about 8am, however things changed.  T texted at 7am saying D was starting to feel a lot of pressure and wanted to push.

My husband started rushing back home from his meeting, and I darted out the door to get to T and D and see what was up.

I arrived at 744am and found D laboring on her left side in bed.  Since she was feeling so much pressure, I started vitals with an exam.  D was 4cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  I could feel a bulgy bag of water.  I also noted cervical scaring on her cervix.  I attempted to massage the scar tissue, but D felt it was too uncomfortable.

D moved to laboring on her knees in the bed.  Contractions were coming every 2-2.5 minutes, 60-75 seconds in length.  My birth assistant arrived and began to set up the pool.

I talked to D about trying open knee chest to get the baby away from putting so much pressure.  I got her into position at 815am, and talked to her about staying in that position for about 40 minutes.  I sent a text to D’s chiro, and she agreed to head that way as well to adjust her.

D was such a trooper through those long 40 minutes!  D said she was ready for me to work on her scar tissue at this point.  A few minutes passed 9am, I did D’s exam and massaged the scar tissue.  D was 5cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  I massaged on the scar tissue through a contraction, and the scar tissue broke up on my fingers.  D’s cervix was very stretchy at this point.

D’s chiro Nora arrived at 915am to adjust her.  She worked on her, and D felt some relief.  D was beyond ready for the birth pool, which was now filled enough and ready.  D got into the birth pool at 930am, and alternated laboring on her knees and semi reclining.

Contractions were coming every 2.5-3 minutes, lasting 60-75 seconds in length.  D was moaning with contractions, and said there was so much pressure.  Different members of the birth team alternated providing hip squeezes and counter pressure.  I began giving D an herbal tincture to help with coping.

T soon got into the pool with D, and was able to help with counter pressure and massage to help D stay comfortable.

D wanted an exam at 1130am.  I found her to be 7cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  I found that part of her cervix felt more swollen than the other side.  I recommended doing a set of ten lift and tucks with the rebozo to help baby sit more evenly on the cervix.  T did the lift and tucks, and D handled them like a champ!  She was so strong!  Contractions were coming every 2-2.5 minutes, lasting 75 seconds long.

After the lift and tuck, D said there was “so much pressure” and that things felt different.  she moved to laboring on her knees, listening well to her body.  D asked for an exam at 1235pm.  She was 8cm dilated, and baby at a +1 station.  Her anterior portion of the cervix was more swollen than the posterior now, so we discussed doing captain morgan with slutty circles.  D got into position on her knees, and beautifully did the position for three contractions on each leg.

The pressure was building, and D was moaning with contractions.  We surrounded her with support and encouragement as she perfectly listened to her body to allow her body and baby to work together.

D had an anterior lip and baby at a +1 station at 125pm.  D said it hurt too much for me to reduce her lip, so we encouraged D to blow through a few contractions until she couldn’t blow through them anymore.

D’s water broke a moment later, and the pressure changed.  D began to bear down at the peaks for a few contractions, before spontaneously beginning to push at 140pm.  She was now 10cm dilated, and baby was at a +2 station.

D was feeling tired, and we decided to try tug of war with the rebozo to give D some extra strength to get baby under the pubic bone.  My apprentice A did tug of war with D with contractions, and it worked so well!

Right before 2pm, baby was at a +3.  D was pushing so well!  T assisted D in getting into a supported squat to help with pushing, while D and A continued to do tug of war.

D’s mom and sister were brought into the room for delivery as D wanted.  The head was sitting on the perineum at 203pm, and began crowning a minute later.  I talked D through the pressure she was feeling, and she delivered the head smoothly at 205pm.  The baby had a nuchal cord, that I somersaulted the baby out of as he was born a minute later.  He was here!

Welcome to the world Tobias, born earth side on July 1st, 2017 at 206pm, weighing in at 7lbs 8ozs, 20.75 inches long.

This first time mama completely rocked her intense labor journey.  I am so honored to have been part of her sacred journey.  #sacredjourneymidwifery

R and J started care with me at the beginning of the third trimester of their fourth pregnancy. R had her previous baby at home, and was looking forward to another home birth.

R’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  Two days before her due date, R was feeling a lot of pressure and activity, and we were hopeful this little one was going to make an appearance that day, but he did not.  R had her regular appointment that day.  All vitals looked normal, and we reviewed when to notify me if things changed.

Four days passed.  At 215am the morning of June 10th, R sent me a text telling me that her water had just broke.  She had been asleep, and woke to her water breaking.  She felt a couple contractions two minutes apart, and was going to try a shower and let me know how things were from there.

At 225am, R sent a text telling me her contractions were 2 minutes apart, lasting 80 seconds long.  She felt like they were intense, but she felt like she could breathe through them.  I asked her if she wanted me to come, and J responded at 240am to please come.  I later found out that things were progressing quite rapidly. J was ready for me to be on the way, but R was not convinced that labor was moving quickly.

My GPS said I would arrive at 317am.  At 313am, J called.  I was in their subdivision.  He said R felt like pushing.  I calmly spoke to him and told him I was two minutes out, and to have her try to breathe and wait for me.

I rushed through the subdivison, parked and ran from my van into the house and up the stairs.  J and a friend had just delivered the baby.  R was in hands and knees on her bedroom floor, the birth pool 1/3 of the way full.  This little guy just wanted to come too quickly for the pool!  I was handed the baby, who was nice and pink and screaming!

R had lots of adrenaline pumping through her body from her fast and furious labor.  Soon she was ready to change position, and eventually move to the bed where she could snuggle her sweet gift!

Welcome to the world Eli, born earth side on June 10th, 2017 at 315am weighing in at a whopping 10lbs 2 ozs, 22″ long.  Such a lovely butter birth for this sweet mama!

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This is a unique birth story to share.  I was honored to have helped A welcome her own baby into the world at home a couple years ago, you can read my version here and her version here.  This time, A was being a surrogate for a couple who were excited to be welcoming TWINS into the world.  Due to legalities and safety concerns from the parents, A was having these babies in the hospital, with me by her side to support her through the process.

At 36 weeks gestation, A decided she wanted to try and see if a natural encouragement would help get her in labor and avoid interventions her OBGYN was wanting to soon make happen.

A came over around 11am on the morning of June 17, 2017 for a membrane sweep and herbs.  We were all surprised to find A was a very stretchy 4cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby A was at a -1 station.  I swept her membranes, and she easily opened to 5cm.  She hung out at my office with her second doula, M, while we did herbs for a couple hours and some positioning techniques.

A headed home around 1pm with the mission of a nap and some “home work” that I knew should get her uterus contracting.

A was beginning to get more uncomfortable as 4pm neared.  She asked me to come, so I prepared and arrived at her home at 445pm.  Contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes, 60 seconds long.

A wanted to be checked so I did an exam.  She was 6cm dilated now, however I felt that her cervix was beginning to swell so I requested she did open knee chest for 40 minutes to help with the swelling on her cervix.  M sat and entertained her at the front, while I sat at her back and did counter pressure with contractions.

After the 40 minutes were up, A got up and moved around.  She stated, “My labia hurts so bad.  I feel like its going to fall off and roll down my leg.”   What made it funnier is when her toddler came into the room a few minutes later and informed us all that “there is a bug on my labia.”  We all busted out laughing.  M provided counter pressure while A moved around the room.

I suggested we go out for a walk.  We went outside at 550pm, where I attempted to get A to walk at a vigorous pace but she thought I was funny about that!

The contractions were coming regularly and strong during the walk.  We came back to the house around 610pm for A to hydrate.  She remembered a birth she had been at with me where the client had eaten cheesecake in labor, and she decided she really needed some cheesecake.  We joked about Golden Girls while A enjoyed her few bites of cheesecake, having to breathe through contractions every couple of minutes.

A agreed to do another round of ten contractions for lift and tuck, so M got ready to do that.  It made the pressure and contractions stronger, so A decided she was ready for another exam.

It was now a few minutes passed 7pm. A was 7cm dilated, 90% effaced and was having a good amount of bloody show.  Since she was 25 minutes from the hospital, she decided she wanted to go ahead and head that way.

We arrived at the hospital at 745pm. The hospital A had chosen to have the babies at was a smaller hospital, so small that they have no doctors at the hospital.  When we walked in, A was so chill that the nurses did not believe she was really in labor.  When they checked her and found that she was 7cm, they immediately moved her from triage and into a labor suite.  She was the only laboring patient at the hospital that night.

Now this is where things start turning south.  They couldn’t get the second baby on the monitor for anything.  When they finally found baby B, it looked very possible that baby B was no longer head down.

The on call OB arrived around 830pm, and performed an ultrasound where he found baby B to now be breech.  He talked with A and said he had no problems delivering since baby A was head down, however he demanded that she needed to get an epidural as he guaranteed he would need to stick his entire hand up her vagina to get the second baby out, and he wasn’t going to tolerate her fighting and squirming on the table.

A asked for time to think.  She and I walked into the bathroom, and talked.  She was upset about the treatment, but decided an epidural was better than a cesarean, and if she met him half way, then maybe he wouldn’t push a cesarean.

He came back into the room, and began to bait and switch.  He realized her doctor would not do a vaginal birth with baby B breech, and started listing off all the reasons why they should go back to the OR for a surgical birth.  We were all fuming mad.

At this point he did an exam, and found her to be 7cm.  He asked for an amniohook.  I told A that he was going to break her water, was that okay?  A immediately said, “I do not want my water broken.”  However, he didn’t care.  He broke it anyway, and said that he wasn’t going to be stuck there all night.

His great plan of breaking her water came to back fire.  Her IV had just been started, so she did not have enough fluid to get an epidural.  A was in the throws of transition now, with out her bag of waters, and they thought she could just hold out.

The anesthesiologist began to aggressively pump bags of fluid into her with a special tool.  A was feeling cold and shaky, a combo of the hormones and the fluid.  In a brief, humorous moment, A mentioned that she forgot to get a blender to make her placenta smoothies, and the anesthesiologist had a mini freak out.  We all laughed.

By 945pm, she finally had enough fluid that she was ready for the epidural.  We left the room, returning at 1010pm after it was placed.

I knew things were close, and asked for the surgical scrubs so I get dressed.  The nurse placed the catheter, and quickly found A was 10cm.  I quickly dressed, with the help of M.  The OB verified the check, and wanted to get her in the OR.  The catheter was promptly removed (this is key for a later issue), and A was wheeled to the OR to get settled.  I waited outside until they were ready for me.

Like a boss, A pushed out baby A quite easily and swiftly at 1035pm, weighing in at 6lbs 1oz.  The real fun came with baby B.  It sounded from the dialogue that baby B was footling breech.  The doctor was all up in there trying to grab a foot.  He finally succeeded, and a huge gush of amniotic fluid was all over the place, followed by some legs and butt.  The doctor was very hands on the breech, and chose to use forceps to aid the delivery of the head.  Baby B was born at 1043pm, weighing in at 5lbs 12ozs.

Quite amazingly, A had no tearing from pushing out two babies and all the manipulation with the delivery of the second baby!

We arrived back in the labor room at 1101pm, for A to have postpartum monitoring.  I helped A begin to pump colostrum.

The next three times the nurse came to check the firmness of A’s fundness, A passed a large amount of clots and bleeding.  The nurse seemed perplexed by this.  After the third time, I placed my hand on her fundus and told A that she needed to try to pee.  Her fundus was way too high due to the fullness of her bladder.  Everyone had forgotten that A had only had a catheter for a couple minutes, and hadn’t had her bladder emptied in quite awhile.

It was quite a different experience for A, but she definitely feels if she decides to be a surrogate again, she wants to do it back at home.

It was such a privilege to support A through another birth journey.  She is amazing!  #sacredjourneymidwifery

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A and J started care with me in the first trimester of their sixth pregnancy.  This was their second baby that I got to be their midwife.  You can read about their first birth with me here.

A came to group prenatal on June 11th, and wanted to try some herbal tea and a sweep to see if it would get her labor going.  She was ready to meet her baby, and was hoping to avoid having her baby around my surgery and needing a back up midwife.

When A arrived, she was already having some regular contractions.  A drank the herbal tea during the group prenatal.  At 3pm, when the event was over, we did vitals and a membrane sweep.  A was 2-3cm dilated, 70% effaced, and baby was at a -2 station.  She was feeling contractions about every 5 minutes, lasting 50 seconds in length.  A went home, and we discussed when to call me to come.

A couple hours later, A requested for me to come.  Her contractions were frequent and long, and she felt like she wanted me to be there.  I, as well as the birth team, arrived about 545pm.

A was walking around the house, having to pause and breathe with contractions every 3 minutes, lasting 90 seconds.  I suggested letting me do a set of ten lift and tucks with the rebozo, and A agreed.

After the lift and tuck, A felt that she was feeling more in her back and she was ready to get into the pool to labor.

A got out of the pool to use the toilet around 730pm.  Since it had been almost 5 hours since our last exam, A agreed to an exam while out of the pool.  I found her to be 4cm dilated, 80% effaced, and baby at a -2 station with a bulgy bag of water.  I swept A’s membranes again.  She decided to labor for a few contractions on the toilet.

At 8pm, A got back into the birth pool.  She commented that her contractions just felt stronger on the toilet for some reason this labor.  She periodically applied clary sage essential oil during her labor.

A got back out of the pool around 840pm to move to the toilet.  She had been praying over the last 90 minutes for her water to break, but then realized she had been taking a large amount of collagen daily in pregnancy and may have a bag of steel.  She asked me questions about breaking her water, which I answered.  Contractions were 3-4 minutes apart, lasting 60-90 seconds, and palpated strong.

A walked around her bedroom, while waiting for T to come back.  She snacked on a granola bar while we chatted.

T walked into the room around 915pm, and A began setting out a chux pad on the bed to lay on.  I asked her what she was thinking, and she said it was time to break her water.  She felt she could have a baby quickly if the bag was gone, and she was ready to get the show on the road.

I broke her water at 920pm.  We had expected there to be a large amount of fluid, and it had not let us down.  A was 6cm dilated, 90% effaced, and baby was at a -2 station.

A got right back into the pool to continue her labor journey.  As 10pm neared, A began grunting at peaks.  She felt baby was close, and he might come at any moment.

A got out of the pool shortly after 1030pm.  She said the contractions just weren’t strong enough, and she didn’t think the baby was meant to come in the pool.  She labored on the toilet.  She began to actively push while on the toilet at 1033pm.  A felt like he was right there, and I found him to be at a +3 at 1040pm.  I began to gently coach A to squat over the toilet versus sit so that we could catch the baby.

The baby’s head was born at 1042pm, followed by the rest of his body a minute later while A squatted over the toilet.  He was here!

Welcome to the world Seth, born on June 11, 2017 at 1043pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4ozs, 20″ long.  Repeat clients are so special, and I am so blessed that I got to walk this journey with A and T for a second time.  A did a perfect job at bringing her baby earthside in the way he needed to come.

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T and H started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  They had birthed their first child at a birth center, and were looking forward to staying home for this little one’s journey.

At her 39.0 weekly appointment, T was talking about how she really hoped she would go into labor before her due date, and really hoped the labor journey went quick, but knew it was too much to ask.  Little did T know the journey in store for her!

The following day, June 3rd, H sent me a text a few minutes passed 12pm saying that T was feeling some irregular contractions, but felt confident that this was the start of labor and thought maybe I might want to take a nap.

H sent me a text at 1:31pm saying he thought T’s water broke but wasn’t sure.  He sent a picture, and I could confirm her water was definitely broke.  While en route, H sent me a  contraction timer that showed contractions coming every 2 minutes, lasting 50-60 seconds.

I got out of the house quickly, and started reaching my birth assistant and apprentices as no one even knew that anyone was labory.  Thankfully two out of three were able to quickly get out of their house and head that way.

I arrived at 226pm, and found T laboring backwards on the toilet.  The primal low moans told me baby wasn’t far away.  T’s mom helped me quickly get the bed made so that it would be ready for postpartum.

T said she was feeling a lot of pressure in her butt.  Baby was also showing that she was close to birthing, as she was having some slight decels at the beginning of contractions.

T really wanted to have a water birth like she did with her first, but there was no time for the birth pool.  She got into her bath tub on her hands and knees and labored.

My apprentice R and assistant H arrived around 240pm, and quickly finished getting things set up for delivery.  I began dosing T with a homeopathic to give more oxygen to the baby.

T began to push at 245pm.  I suggested she move into semi reclining and do tug of war with the rebozo with H to help get baby under the pubic bone.

T moved to squatting as she pushed at 255pm.  I suggested to T that she needs to deliver out of the tub, as the bath wasn’t holding water well and I felt baby would be born more quickly if T was more comfortable.

T agreed and moved to her room.  We threw down a shower curtain in the middle of her floor and T moved into hands and knees at 258pm. The next push brought the baby to crowning.  T did not wait.  As soon as baby was crowning, she continued to push and birthed her sweet baby into H’s waiting hands.  She was here!

Welcome to the world Brooke, born earthside on June 3rd, 2017 at 3:00pm, weighing in at 7lbs 8ozs, 19.25″ inches long.  T has been shopping at Hobby Lobby that morning feeling cramping, and was holding a baby when her toddler was waking from nap time.  Such an honor to support this sweet couple on their quick, peaceful home birth. #sacredjournerymidwifery