• 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 […]

  • 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 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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B and S started care with me in the second trimester of their third pregnancy.  B experienced barely making it to the hospital with her last birth, and wanted to have her last baby in the comfort of her home and have a waterbirth.

B’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  B had her previous two babies in her 38th week, so was surprised to make her 39 week appointment with me.  She requested an exam and a membrane sweep.  She was 3cm dilated, 90% effaced, and baby at a 0 station. I felt like her body was preparing for another quick birth this time around too.

At 9am on September 28th, three days later, B sent me a text saying contractions had just started, coming about every 15 minutes, but she felt like this was it.  She was at the grocery store trying to finish up to get home as she was expecting things to move quickly.

Thirty minutes later, B sent a text that contractions were now coming every 8 minutes, and she wanted the birth team to head that way.

I arrived at 1025am, and found B listening to music, laboring peacefully at her counter side.  Contractions were coming every 3 minutes now, and seemed intense.  S was not home, as he had left to do a job before contractions had started.

My birth assistant, H, and I worked hard to get everything going with the birth pool, as B really desired a waterbirth.  However, neither of us are very handy when it comes to the hose attaching to the faucet, and it took sometime, and for my apprentice S to arrive for the attachment to work.

S arrived right after 11am, and B moved to laboring on her stairs.  Things were intense, and contractions were coming every 3 minutes, lasting over a minute.

B stated at 1113am that she was beginning to feel pushy.  When she found out the birth pool was not ready, she was determined to hold out for the birth pool.  The birth team worked hard to get the pool filled as quickly as possible for B to be able to get in.

The pool was deep enough for B to get in at 1125am, and she readily got in and sat in the warm water.

B was laughing and chatting between contractions, but was working hard when the next wave would be upon her.  S was always at her side, supporting her through the waves.

B’s bigger kiddos were at the house, and her daughter was a little scared with everything happening and wanted her mama.  Sweet little one held on to her mama’s hand through contractions.  I told B if we would be helpful her little one could definitely get in the pool with her if she wanted.  She decided it might help, so soon to be big sister got in her bathing suit, and went for a swim in the birth pool for a few of her mama’s contractions.  She was a happy girl being by her mama and getting to swim.

B was feeling more pressure, and was starting to moan with contractions.  She requested an exam at noon, and I found her to be 8cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a +1 station.

B was focused as the throes of transition were upon her.  She did beautifully listening to her body, and doing what her body was telling her to do.

She began to spontaneously push at 1221pm.  After the first push, her water broke in the birth pool.  The pressure intensified, as her sweet baby began to crown a minute later.  She paused, allowing her body to stretch, and then her sweet baby was born a minute later, quite wrapped in his cord!  I unlooped him out of his cord, and brought him to his mama’s chest.

After some stimulation with a towel on mom’s chest, baby K came around and started to pink up and cry.  After all her hard work, her sweet boy was here.

Welcome to the world, Kahvey!   Born earthside on September 28th, 2018 at 1223pm, weighing in at 6lbs 10ozs, 19.5 inches long.  He made quite the fast and furious entrance earthside.  His mom was grocery shopping at 9, and holding him three hours later!  It was a privilege to get to support this family welcome their third little one into the world.  #sacredjourneymidwifery

Apprentice Led Care
Apprentice Led Care can be a win win for the midwifery team and you, the patient. You get amazing and personalized care while a senior student gets the experience and opportunity they need, and I get to fulfill my wish to share my knowledge and teach future midwives to my high standards.
Sacred Journey has decided to include a new service that aligns with our values, and offers many benefits to you the patient.
The visit schedule will be the same, every four weeks once you enter care, every two weeks starting at 28 weeks, and every week after 36 weeks. One postpartum visit in home at 2 days, then in office at 2 weeks and then 6 weeks.
I attend all your care, am always physically present while my senior student provides the care under my watchful but gracious eye (somewhere between fly on a wall and the laser focus of the hawks scrutiny!). When communicating not in office, we will utilize a three way text with my senior student answering questions, and I will jump in if a correction or additional information is required.
At your birth I will be a few steps away during delivery, close enough if needed, but far enough away to not be a back seat driver!
How you will know if this style care is a fit~
  • You are confident in birth,
  • Have had a prior vaginal birth
  • Are called to help the next wave of midwives get experience
  • Want midwifery care but can’t afford the full rate

Interested in having a senior student be your midwife under supervision?  Contact us today for more information!

C and J started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  C had her last baby at home with me.  You can read about that journey here.

C’s pregnancy progressed fairly normal.  Two days before she went into labor, C reached out to me over not feeling well and getting a couple borderline blood pressure readings.  She came in and I took her blood pressure, and found it to be normal.  I did a cervical exam and found her to be 1cm dilated, 60% effaced, and baby at a -4 station.  C had an ultrasound scheduled for the next day, and we agreed to keep her regular scheduled appointment for in two days with me.

At 123am on September 21st, one week before her due date, C’s water broke.  She called and talked to me about the blood tinged fluid.  She said baby was moving normal, and she was having some cramping.  I told her I would come that way, as I wanted to check in on baby with the bloody water she was describing.

I arrived, as did my senior apprentice, at 210am, finding C laboring standing, contractions coming every 1.5-2 minutes, lasting 50 seconds long.  It was clear her body was getting the memo that it was time to have a baby.

Mom and baby’s vitals looked great.  I did a cervical exam at 220am, and found her to be 4cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a -1 station.  I assessed the fluid, and found it to be something to watch closely.  Everything seemed perfect, and C was not presenting any worrisome signs.  So we set to assess heart tones every 10-15 minutes while C swayed through her labor waves.

Things moved very quickly from this point. C’s doula and birth photographer filtered in before 3am.  C continued to move around her bedroom, leaning on to J for some contractions, but she was very much doing her thing and coping beautifully.

My birth assistant and junior apprentice arrived after 3am.  It is a story worth remarking.  I was telling them my van was unlocked and for someone to grab the pool bag (this is my bag of supplies used to clean the birth pool after delivery), but my phone kept autocorrecting to pool “vag” every time I would correct.  It definitely gave some laughter.

C moved to the toilet at 325am to try to empty her bladder per my recommendation, but it caused a lot of discomfort, and C found herself soon moving to standing in the bathroom.

C continued to move around her bedroom.  I heard a contraction that was clearly pushy, and went into the room to look at her.  C was next to her bed, and with the next contraction began to spontaneously push at 349am.  The birth pool was no where near ready, so it was clear a water birth was not happening this time.

I heard some decelerations with heart tones, and encouraged C to push with all her strength.  She birthed the head at 353am into my senior apprentice’s hands, followed by the rest of her baby a minute later.  I helped my apprentice bringing the baby up to C’s arms.  Since C was standing at her bed side, we helped C get into her bed and then jumped into initial assessments.

It was quickly apparent to me that little Zeke was not doing okay transitioning to earth side.  I began to work on him after getting his vitals by stimulating, suctioning, and then bagging.  A birth team member initiated 911, while I worked on keeping his heart rate up.  After a couple minutes of working on him, I got some very labored respirations out of him.  I continued working on him until EMS arrived to take him to the hospital.  Zeke was admitted for Respiratory Distress Syndrome, but was able to come home two days later.

I finished C’s postpartum care at home, before taking her up to the hospital to be with her baby.  She got to breastfeed him soon after arrival, and he breastfed like a champ!

Welcome to the world Ezekiel (Zeke), born earthside on September 21st, 2018 at 354am, weighing in at 7lbs 11ozs.  It was such a joy to help this sweet couple welcome their fourth boy into the world!  #sacredjourneymidwifery

Photos taken by Coffee and Cream Photography.