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Birth Stories
I believe in sharing life's greatest moments. Take the time to enjoy the various birth stories below and feel free to "Contact Me" if you would like to share your story. I would be honored to have you as part of my family.
Anibelle Grace
August 31, 2001
Holding my little girl for the first time was an amazing experience. It was a long and drawn out labor. My first two boys had come quite quickly, and when labor began for baby number three, my doctor wanted to see me at the hospital right away.

Against my better judgment I went into the hospital at the first signs of labor. Being confined to the bed for the entire night and most of the following day, my labor progressed very slowly and it was well into the afternoon before we were able to hold her in our arms. She was over 2 weeks early and so tiny at just 6 pounds and 4 ounces. We praised God for her safe arrival.
Not a day goes by without being reminded of the wonderful blessings that God has brought to us and what an amazing experience it is to bring life into this world. I'm thankful for the love and dedication of my husband and for the memories that we will make together with our precious little ones.
Ruthie-Mae Abigail
June 13, 2009
Ruthie is unique in that her birth was not what you would expect for a homebirth. Yes, her growth and development were just fine and her heart rate was always wonderful when checked by our midwife. But Ruthie was adamant about doing things her way, and still is today. She backed her way into this world!

When checked at 8cm my midwife noticed meconium and realized that it was her bottom presenting, she was breech. Without much time to contemplate, we decided to proceed to the hospital. I knew we would never make it in time as the hospital was about 40 minutes away. But our midwives felt that being closer to the hospital was the best option.

We got within about 5 or 6 miles from town when we needed to pull into a gas station and complete the birth. Ruthie had already successfully backed out to her chest without a push. One push later and her shoulders and head were born beautifully. She was a rosy-red and wonderful color. She sang to me the song of her entry and it was beautiful!

We continued to the hospital to thank them for being prepared for us, but chose not to be admitted. Ruth's was a planned homebirth, and even though things did not go exactly as planned, we wanted to keep it that way. We turned around and went home to enjoy the day with friends and the rest of our children.

We are very grateful for the midwives who attended Ruthie's birth. Their skill and sincerity throughout labor far exceeded our expectations. We were so pleased that the option to hire a midwife was available to us.

Isaac Jaden
August 18, 2000
Isaac came quickly one warm summer evening in August. We had just finished dinner and were planning on washing the dishes. My husband was unaware that I had been laboring throughout the meal. I guess I hid it well, or maybe it's that guys just don't notice details. Nevertheless, upon filling the sink with dishes I felt I could not continue with the daily chores and asked if we could get ready to go to the hospital. Alan was shocked and did not register the urgency of my request.

But soon we were on our way to the hospital and once there I labored for only about three hours before Isaac joined our family. Things went so smoothly. My labor was strong and steady and he pushed through with almost ease. His cry filled the room like a chorus of angels and tears of joy streamed down our faces. Family anxiously awaited in the waiting area along with big brother who had just begun to walk only two days earlier. We were soon reunited as a family and settled into our room for the evening. Excitement filled the air as family and friends hugged, cheered and shared in our joy. Blessed are we!

Liberty Joy
October 31, 2007
To give forth in life is the sweetest of occasions, and is something, I dare say, no mother will forget. But to have your best friend, and love of your life on the receiving end of the event makes it that much more memorable. Having had a less than satisfying hospital experience with our previous baby, we decided that our next baby would not be born there.

The search for direction started when we found we were expecting again. Throughout my pregnancy I feared not and prayed often for the strength and confidence to know what to do regarding the birth that was to come. I began handling my own prenatal care and researching everything I could find on out-of-hospital birth options. Midwifery was illegal in our state at that time and we didn't even know any midwives. After many lengthy conversations with a friend who had successfully birthed several of her babies at home without a midwife, we began to pray for answers.

Through more research and the encouraging stories of countless individuals that had found empowerment in taking responsibility and control of their bodies and their births, we made the decision to prepare ourselves for the arrival of our baby without a professional birth attendant. It may not be the best route for everyone, but it was extraordinary for us!

My labor began in the late morning and I called my husband to come home from work. I called friends to come over and settled the kids into some activities to keep them busy. I kept myself busy with the preparations for the birth and was almost beginning to wonder if my husband would make it home in time to catch our babe. Sure enough he did arrive home just as I was settling into the bed for the birth. I had been so busy getting things ready that I hadn't even timed my contractions. All I knew was that they were consistent and it would not be long. I believe it was all the activity and movement that moved the labor along so nicely. It was certainly different than anything I had experienced in a hospital bed.

Upon my husband's arrival I labored in bed for a short while, about 20 or 30 minutes and then without so much as a push I could feel the head. My husband steadied himself and in just a minute or so we were listening to the beautiful cries of our baby girl. Liberated from the bondage that we felt in the hospital just 2 years before, we named her Liberty.

She brought empowerment to me as a mother and woman, and to my husband as a father and important birth partner. The whole experience left us in awe of the strength that God gives women to birth naturally. We had, in one moment, gained back the confidence and autonomy that had been slowly stripped from us over the years.

We would like to thank all the natural birth advocates out there that are working diligently to give back to families a sense of responsibility that rightfully belongs to them. Thank you for allowing me to share our story.

And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
- Job 1:21

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