Amelia Mae’s Birth Story – Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Amelia was born en cual. This means she was born still encased in the birth sack. The doctors and trainees expressed awe for the rarity of the moment and then delicately cut into it and ripped it away from her face. She was placed on my chest and crawled her way to my nipple. My breasts had been preparing for this moment for months and she instinctively suckled the colostrum from them without hesitation. I was staring straight ahead stunned by the speed of what had just happened, at a loss for understanding of how I now held my perfect little girl. I was floating above the room looking down. But only for a second because my placenta was coming and reality shot back with the contraction. It had been 16 minutes since I had arrived in the labor and delivery room.

Two hours earlier Michael and I were browsing the racks of Burlington Coat Factory while the register worked on a return we had brought in, no tags. Continue reading

A VBAC Birth Story Success – Beaumont Hospital

VBAC Birth Story, baby feet

My first born was breech, so I had a scheduled c-section with her.  I really wanted to attempt a VBAC with my second.  One of my biggest reasons for this was because I wanted to experience labor.  I had no idea what labor felt like.  My doctors were very supportive and my OB told me to keep an open mind.  He said we could definitely attempt a VBAC as long as everything looked good during the pregnancy and labor.  He made sure I was aware of the fact that I could still end up with a c-section and a VBAC wasn’t a guarantee. Continue reading

A Sister To Watch Over Me

 

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Mine isn’t the typical birth story with contractions, an uncomfortable ride to the hospital and an epidural to take the pain away. But rather, a story of 2 sisters and 5 births, many happy days and many sad ones. A story about loss and blessings, of guilt and acceptance. Continue reading

A Young Mom of Two Shares Both of Her Birth Stories – Part 2

Iowa Methodist Birth story, second time mom, family of 4

Our youngest, was born on a Thursday in May of 2011.  I was now 24 years old and this pregnancy was way different than my first.  Continue reading