• 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 […]

  • F and J started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  This was F’s third pregnancy with me.  You can read about her previous journeys here and here. F’s pregnancy progressed better than any of her others due to therapy for her diastsis recti separation which helped strengthen her core and […]

  • L and P started care with me in the first trimester of her fifth pregnancy.  This was to be L’s third home birth with me.  You can read about her previous journeys here and here. L’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  L’s previously had delivered about her estimated due date, and we assumed that this little […]

  • S and R started care with me in the second trimester of their third pregnancy.  S had previously experienced two cesareans in her birthing history, and was excitedly planning a VBAC for this baby. S’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  Four days before her estimated due date, S’s water broke at 830pm.  Since everything was reported […]

  • K and M started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  K had her previous baby at home with me, and we fully anticipated this little one to be born at home as well, but sometimes you are thrown a curve ball in there.  You can read about K’s previous journey […]

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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F and J started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  This was F’s third pregnancy with me.  You can read about her previous journeys here and here.

F’s pregnancy progressed better than any of her others due to therapy for her diastsis recti separation which helped strengthen her core and pelvic floor and being more aggressive with management of her anemia.  She felt much better through out this pregnancy.

At 545pm a week before her due date, F sent a text telling me contractions were 5 minutes apart, lasting 50 seconds.  She felt this was probably labor, but wanted to try a shower and see what happens.  F has a history of precipitous labor, and of course this was the worst night of the week for me as I have my two younger kiddos and my husband is at church.  As F is also my friend and client, I reminded her that the hubby wasn’t home and if she waited too long to call things, I can dart her way with the kids, but to drop them off will double my time.  She said she wanted to see what the shower did first.

J called me at 6pm.  He was working on the opposite side of Houston, and was going to take about 90 minutes to get home.  We agreed to keep each other in the loop as we were both a little anxious knowing F could deliver pretty quickly!

F sent a text at 617pm stating “This is it.”  I immediately called her to get what she wanted me to do.  She said she felt that we had time for me to drop my kids off, so I rushed out the door to drop them off an head her way.

I alerted my apprentices to start heading that way.  One of my apprentices lived fairly close to F, and the other was somewhat in the area, so both arrived shortly after 7pm.

Apprentice A at first sent me a text saying that F was doing well, and that she should hold out the rest of my drive.  However, things quickly changed!  At 716pm, A sent a text saying F was grunty and felt pushy with the last two contractions.  Oh crap!  Of course she did!!  I drove was quickly as I could to get there.

Apprentice S sent a text at 723pm stating F’s water had just broken.  I knew it was going to be very hard for her to hold things back now.  I told my apprentices to encourage F to blow as much as she could through contractions, and that I was about 10 minutes away.

733pm, J walked in the door as F could no  longer hold back the urge to push.  Baby was at a +3 station and coming quickly.

F was laying on her left side as baby began to crown a minute later, following quickly by the birth of the baby’s head.  I walked in the door as the baby came quickly into A’s waiting hands.  This sweet little guy was here in quite the fast and furious journey!

Welcome to the world, Keegan!  Born earthside on November 7th, 2018 at 735pm, weighing in at 8lb 2ozs, 19.75″ long.

His journey was quite healing for F, after the very rough journey her last little one gave her.  We were thankful that things went so smoothly this time.

It was such a blessing to work with this wonderful family a third time!

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L and P started care with me in the first trimester of her fifth pregnancy.  This was to be L’s third home birth with me.  You can read about her previous journeys here and here.

L’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  L’s previously had delivered about her estimated due date, and we assumed that this little one would follow suit.  However, she had her own idea about things.

L’s due date of October 16th came and went. Her weekly appointment was scheduled for three days later.  Everything was feeling normal.  L requested a cervical exam.  L was a finger tip dilated, 50% effaced, and baby at a -4 station.  I recommended some different positioning techniques to try, and to get an adjustment from her chiropractor.

L sent me a text the morning of October 22nd, 6 days passed her estimated due date, letting me know she felt sure she was in labor.  Her contractions stayed irregular all day.  She was able to get an adjustment in the early evening, and decided to come see me after for an exam and membrane sweep.

L arrived at about 630pm.  I did an exam and found her to be 5cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a -1 station. I recommended L eat a good dinner and attempt a nap if possible, as it seemed likely she would be meeting her baby some time the next day.

Things picked up around 730pm, and no nap was to be had.  L asked me to come at 1145pm, stating contractions were 2-6 minutes apart and very strong.

I arrived at 1220am, finding L standing in her room, moaning with contractions.  She said she was feeling some poopy pressure with contractions.  Her contraction timer showed contractions averaging every 5 minutes, lasting 2 minutes long.

All mom and baby vitals were good.  I began to encourage fluids since L’s pulse was borderline.

L labored around her bedroom, standing at her bedside sometimes having counter pressure with contractions.  She labored some on the toilet, and some sitting on her bed.  Everything was uncomfortable as she pushed forward further into her journey.

As 2am neared, L tried laying on her sides to get some rest in between  contractions, but it was short lived.  She felt the urge to change positions frequently, and did beautifully following her bodies lead in what she should do.

L moved into hands and knees on the bed at 230am, and we applied some oils to her back to help with back pain.  In that position, things began to change.  It was not long, and L said she felt like she was feeling burning.

A couple more contractions passed, and L felt like she wanted to push, but wanted an exam first.  I did an exam at 308am, and found L to be 9.5cm, 100% effaced, and baby at a +1 station.  I recommended she blow through a few contractions while waiting for the last half centimeter to melt away.

Big sister T had been sound asleep through everything, but woke about this point.  She was so sweet and precious, and was being a sweet doula to her mama through the end of labor.

L moved to the toilet to empty her bladder and labor at 315am.  After that, she felt tired.  She moved to laying on her left side in her bed at 338am.

With the next contraction brought L’s water bag to rupture on the chux pad on the bed.  She had to move, and moved into semi reclining and began to spontaneously push with the next contraction.

At 348am, L began to do tug of war pushing with the rebozo with birth assistant, H.  It worked very effectively.  We could see the head with pushing as 4am neared.  The head began to crown at 403am, followed by the head a minute later, allowing time for things to stretch.  A moment later at 405am, L pushed her fifth baby into mine and my senior apprentice’s waiting hands.  Her sweet girl was here!

Welcome to the world, Iliana!  Born earthside on October 23rd, 2018 at 405am, weighing in at 9lbs 2ozs, 21in long, and L’s biggest home birth baby!

Big sister T fell immediately in love with her baby sister.  She was so precious with how she spoke of her sister, and how she wanted to help us with everything postpartum.  She is definitely a protective big sister!

It was a blessing to work with this sweet mama for a third time.  One of the best parts of being a midwife is walking the journey with a family more than once.  I treasure each journey.

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S and R started care with me in the second trimester of their third pregnancy.  S had previously experienced two cesareans in her birthing history, and was excitedly planning a VBAC for this baby.

S’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  Four days before her estimated due date, S’s water broke at 830pm.  Since everything was reported back to sound normal, I encouraged S to get rest, and to keep me posted if anything changed or if active labor began.

S reported that regular contractions started around 3am.  A couple hours later, she had her doula come for support.  I checked in at 9am when I had not heard from S in awhile, and although contractions were more regular and frequent, S did not feel like labor was active.  We made the plan for her to come see me at noon for an exam and some herbs to see if we could get things more active.

R called me at 1137am, stating S had gotten out of the shower and contractions might be a bit stronger now so they wanted to wait and not come.  While he is talking, I can hear S in the back ground with a very deep, primal moan with contractions.  I asked how long she had sounded like that, and did not wait for a reply.  I said I was loading up, and heading that way!

I arrived at 1215pm, and found S laboring peacefully at her bedside.  She was moaning with contractions, while her doula provided physical support.

I did an exam at 1226pm, and found S to be 9cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a +1 station.  Thank goodness I came when I did!

The birth team worked at starting the birth pool, while S labored.  It was not long, and the urge to push became strong.  S began to spontaneously push at 1235pm.

S moved to kneeling on her bedroom floor, pushing with contractions.  She did so beautifully listening to her body.  It was confirmed at 1249pm when she wanted an exam that she was completely dilated, and baby was at a +3 station.

S opted to move to the bed in semi reclining at 103pm, to help with energy as she was feeling tired.  It worked well, and she was able to more effectively rest in between the birthing waves.

The baby was soon visible on the perineum, with S’s support team cheering her on to how well she was doing.  The baby was crowning followed quickly with the birth of the head at 112pm, and the rest of the baby followed a minute later into R’s waiting hands.  Together, R and I brought sweet Carmen to S’s waiting chest.  She was here!

Welcome to the world Carmen!  Born earth side on October 15th, 2018 at 113pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4ozs, 21.25″ long.  Her sweet mama did all the things to get her much desired VBA2C!  It was such an honor to support this strong mama!

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K and M started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  K had her previous baby at home with me, and we fully anticipated this little one to be born at home as well, but sometimes you are thrown a curve ball in there.  You can read about K’s previous journey here.

In the late afternoon of October 1 at 33.5 weeks pregnant, K sent me a text letting me know she was not feeling well and had gotten an off reading on her home blood pressure cuff.  I had her meet me at my office that evening.  I saw her, and things looked like they were heading towards pregnancy induced hypertension, if not pre eclampsia.  Since it was too late to send off labs, I sent K with forms to get blood work done the next day with instructions to go on bed rest and begin things to reduce blood pressure issues.

The morning of October 3rd, K went to acupuncture to help blood pressure, and had a great reading at the office before she left.  She had not been home long, when she got up and was bleeding heavily.  She called me, and I instructed she needed to immediately go to the hospital.  M was closer than an ambulance, and got her to the hospital within 15 minutes.

I arrived at the hospital a little before 230pm, and just before the ultrasound.  The hospitalist pulled me out side and caught me up with his thoughts and wanted my opinion.  Bleeding was heavy, but he did not have enough information yet to make a decision since baby looked great and she was 34 weeks.

Unfortunately, a student sonographer was sent up to do the ultrasound.  It was debated whether it was a placenta or clots presenting in front of the baby’s head.  We waited for the head sonographer to arrive.  She came and started to look at baby.  K said she felt like she was leaking, and then we saw a large amount of fresh blood appear on the ultrasound and the confirmation of a bunch of clots presenting before the head.  It was called a placental abruption, and they immediately took K back for an emergency cesarean.

Daniel was born on October 3rd, 2018 at 308pm, weighing in at 5lbs 4ozs, 19″ long.  He was taken to the NICU, where he stayed for 12 days until he could handle better being earth side.  K has had amazing strength as she recovered from major surgery, kept up with a pumping schedule, and the back and forth from the NICU to the home.

It was not the birth K wanted or had been planning for baby Daniel’s journey, but we are all so thankful that he was born safely, and are thankful for the wonderful staff at the NICU where he stayed who took good care of him while he worked on getting stronger and ready to go home.

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