"Some of you know that I used a lovely midwife to bring little Noah into the world, and it may not be for everyone, but it was definitely for me! It was everything I could have wanted, and everything I needed!
The whole process was so incredible that I just had to share. It started with my anxiety with the whole child rearing process, and meeting Kyle for the first time and her talking about her service, literally brought tears to my eyes with the relief and excitement that I definitely did not have before. I had the upmost respect and trust for Kyle, and that made a relatively tough pregnancy so much easier.
The birthing process itself was amazing and everything I could have wanted. My mother and husband literally held me and supported me the entire time. Kyle was there the whole time as well and only spoke kindness and sweetness and even rubbed my back and legs! I was treated with such sensitivity, dignity, and kindness. I am so blessed that I got to have such an amazing birth experience, and I am so blessed to have had an awesome birth team. It was a thousand different prayers the Lord answered for me.
Also, I'm a pretty ridiculous person and I understand this, but Kyle handled me like a champ. "
“Phoenix’s birth turned out to be the redemption story I was hoping for. After enduring a traumatic birth with my daughter 6.5 years ago it took a lot of mindset work to prepare for baby boy. I’m not surprised I had a few weeks of prodromal labor leading up to the real deal because my body and mind were preparing to bring another life earthside.
Contractions started at lunch time that Tuesday and I’m glad my husband decided to come home that day to eat because they came on fast and strong! Meridian and Beth arrived about an hour later and it was on! After laboring for a few hours baby wasn’t moving down as fast as I knew that he could have been and I knew and felt that my bulging bag of water was in the way. I was in control of all of my decisions (which is why I love homebirthing) so I asked Meridian to break my water. She did and baby started his descent. Things picked up from there and instead of losing myself in the pain I leaned in. I reminded myself that Phoenix and I were working together- I stayed present as I rode each contraction up and used the force and strength of my body to push his little body down- knowing (and asking repeatedly to be reminded) that he would be here soon. With guidance and support from Meridian, Kyle and Beth and the physical support of Josiah- On the last push of a contraction, Baby boy’s body shot out sideways in one fell swoop! No head first then wait- just a whole body! It surprised me! I thought for sure I would be needing to push at least a few more times but he came swiftly and once he was on my chest I started laughing/crying/ talking to him and felt a sense of pride I had never known. I did it! We did it! It was now time to basque in the baby bliss and enjoy the fruit of my labor😜”
“At around 6 AM, I woke up to my first contractions. I wasn’t positive that I was going to have my baby that day, but I was positive that I was ready to experience natural birth. There is something primal and pure about allowing my body to take over and do what it needs to in order to birth my baby. After hours of contractions I was ready to call the midwife at 11PM. Meridian and Kyle showed up promptly and set the pool up seeing as I was wanting to have a water birth. I was exhausted by this point, and found the pool very relaxing. Unfortunately it was little too relaxing and I found it hard to focus enough to push. We decided to move me to the bed. Once I was on the bed my body took over and my baby was ready to enter the world. I pushed and pushed with all my might, but my baby still wasn’t here. My body took over and started to push for me. After a few good pushes, my baby was here! She was healthy and beautiful! My husband helped move her onto my chest and after delivering the placenta, he was able to cut the cord. My birth was a very peaceful and fulfilling experience. Meridian and Kyle were so attentive and kept me focused and calm. Having natural home birth allowed me to push the limits of my body and break away from the medically assisted birth norm that has taken over today. It was a beautiful out of body experience that I would recommend every woman experience at least once in their life. I was happy to have an amazing birth team to lead me into motherhood.”