• As long as I know, I have been drawn into birth.  As a young child, my Barbie’s had a constant stream of pregnancies because I was fascinated with pregnancy!  When I was 12, I started baby sitting for family, and in that I ended up baby sitting a lot of babies, and found I loved […]

  • G and E started care with me in the first trimester of their fifth pregnancy.  G had used my services and had a beautiful home birth with her previous child, which you can read about here. G’s pregnancy progressed along as beautifully as her previous one.  I did the home visit at 36.6 weeks pregnant, […]

  • S and S hired me in the second trimester of their sixth pregnancy.  S had been unhappy with the treatment she had received in care providers, and was desiring a VBA2C, as her last two deliveries had been via cesarean. S’s pregnancy progressed on beautifully.  She knew she had a potential history of going 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 […]

  • 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 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.

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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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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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