Natural Childbirth Scenes – Part 3, Reflections & Slideshow

Here's video from my natural childbirth with my first child, which took place in a birthing center with a midwife and doula. Here are my reflections.

Here’s video from my natural childbirth with my first child, which took place in a birthing center with a midwife and doula. Here are my reflections on this crazy saga!

What does a new, natural mama think of her 27-hour labor and everything that followed? This video pretty much sums it up.

Bonus: A slideshow of our baby boy at the end!

Other videos in this series

Update: My second childbirth was the complete opposite of this one!

Click here to see how the birth of my daughter Paloma Skye went down  :)


About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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21 Comments

  1. Rose March 24 at 2:35 pm

    Hi,

    I just want to thank you for posting all these videos and these reflections.

    I just had my first baby (girl) almost 6 weeks ago in hospital and my labor was quite similar to your first. It was 27 hours, with 2.5 hours of pushing. A difference is I had entonox gas (laughing gas, commonly given here in the UK, even at home births) from 6m to 10cm, so not a totally natural labor, but natural enough for me :)

    I also had some pitocin, after just over 2 hours of pushing and it did get things going again. I then had an assisted delivery with a suction device as it was the hospital’s policy to try that after 2 hours of pushing (and they gave me a bit more time on top of that, I had 2 midwives and a doctor who were great, gave me as much time as possible before intervening). My baby came out with one arm up which explains why she got stuck.

    I was a little traumatised after but the fact that I had seen your videos before reassured me that my labor wasn’t so unusual, babies don’t always come shooting out in minutes like they do in TV dramas 😀

    Funny though, my reaction to contractions was so different to yours, you seemed comforted by resting or leaning over, but I got so tense I had to sit upright or stand (often on tiptoes) and grab things. I’d also describe it as survival mode and the calm hypno stuff I learned went out the window 😀

    I consider it a positive, almost natural birth and I’d do it all again, I just hope next time’s easier!

    • Rose March 24 at 3:04 pm

      p.s. just want to add for the benefit of other mamas that having a vacuum assisted delivery wasn’t so bad (at least in my experience), it still felt “natural” and that I was in control of it if that makes any sense, I just felt that we were getting a bit of help with the pushing and it was great to feel baby finally move along after being stuck for so long. Poor little baby had a bruise on her head after though but was happy, alert and I’m still amazed at that 10 apgar score :)

  2. Kayla January 26 at 9:25 am

    Hi Genevieve! My first birthing experience was EXACTLY like yours (I mean, exactly). When I found out we were expecting baby #2, I was so scared at the thought of going through that again (even though it was still the best day of my life)! I’m now 28 weeks and pumped about giving birth again, especially now that I have watched the story of your 2nd birth and how easy and different it was. Praying for the same kind of experience :) thanks for sharing!

  3. Kate April 12 at 12:25 am

    That’s awesome!!! SO AMAZING and YOU DID have a natural birth! TWO DROPS girl that was it! And it was a fully necessary intervention, it was just what your body needed to kick start things up again and that’s totally ok. And besides…. ever heard of the placebo effect? That may of been it too! :) :) :) :)

  4. Stef February 6 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you thank you for sharing this! It brought tears to my eyes. This is my first pregnancy and we to are going the natural route. Watching these videos eased some of my worries!

  5. Tara February 1 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story (and video!). Always makes me cry to watch such beautiful deliveries. Way to go! As I read the first part of your story I felt like I was reading my own! I labored (with my first and only child) for 23 hours total and had been awake for about 36 hours straight by then. I also had back labor, and my uterus was so tired by the time to push that I could hardly feel the urge though I was in extreme pain. I pushed for 2 hours until my 8 lb 12 oz baby boy came out! I had to mourn the loss of the birth I wanted (a shorter labor, ability to handle the pain better, shorter pushing, no hemorrhaging at the end) even though I had a healthy baby and completely natural birth. Crazy how you feel like you “failed” when you really didn’t! Next time I’d love a home and water birth! Thanks again for sharing!

    • Genevieve February 2 at 11:33 pm

      Love hearing your experience too, Tara. Good to know the perfectionist in me isn’t alone :). God bless,

  6. Danielle Henderson February 1 at 9:07 am

    Great post and video – thanks for sharing! Your little guy is gorgeous! Apologies if you’ve already covered this topic somewhere, but I’m wondering if you can reflect on women (such as myself) with medical conditions that necessitated a c-section. Sadly, I’ve often felt judged, or left out of the ‘club’ of ‘natural mamas’. I was unable to have a vaginal delivery, let alone ‘natural labour’. I suppose I felt it potentially harmful for you to encourage women to ‘forgive themselves’ if they are unable to have natural labour – as a psychologist, the terminology ‘forgive’ is typically used in conjunction with having done something wrong or somehow having failed their child. This often leaves women feeling guilty. I think this attitude serves to marginalize women who have had necessary c-sections. What I can also say (from my own counselling practice) is that this guilt can have a negative impact on bonding with baby. Becoming a mother is a blessing and a glorious experience…for the sake of mom’s everywhere, I think there should be less focus on ‘how’ baby enters the world, and a more inclusive attitude towards all women. God bless those women such as yourself who were able to deliver naturally, but let us not suggest that the women who were unable are any less willing to die for their children.

    • Genevieve February 2 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing Danielle as you bring up a great point and something I didn’t even consider when I said “forgive yourself.” Bless you!

  7. Jackie January 31 at 9:34 pm

    I absolutely loved watching these videos- and you’ve inspired me to want to videotape my next birth! Everything you talked about was so poignant to me and really brought me right back to my natural childbirth with my now happily breastfeeding 18 month old son. I had 7 hours of back labor, followed by 3.5 hours of pushing because he actually was posterior (which they didn’t figure out until 3 hours into the pushing!). Once they figured that out, the doctor reached in with mineral oil fingers and rotated the baby- the only point of the whole experience where I screamed (I told him he was hurting me, which he was!). I remember that fear of the c-section or vacuum extraction that they also threatened me with at the 3 hour point, and wondering if maybe the baby really was stuck and that I should just get the c-section. Luckily, I hung in there, and by the end, all I remember was seeing white from pushing so hard. It’s all worth it though, isn’t it? And I loved seeing the photo of your husband with Griffin held up to his bare chest. After I told my husband about the importance of skin to skin bonding, I think he took off his shirt every time I passed the baby to him (not that I minded, wink wink, haha). But congratulations and hurrah and it’s so wonderful to have read and watched your story. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Genevieve February 1 at 12:17 am

      Thanks so much for commenting Jackie and wow we had similar labors! Whew, aren’t you glad we got through it? It was worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears. XOXO.

  8. Joy October 9 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much for having the courage to share your birth experience with the world. I am 39 weeks pregnant today and planning a natural child birth. It is so encouraging to me to see not only that you were able to have a natural birth but also understood the limitations of your body and take the couple drops of pitocin when it was needed (thanks for being willing to be so transparent about that). It was really helpful to be able to see someones real life natural birth story from start to finish and it gives me so much motivation and encouragement that I can do this too. Thanks again!!!! = )

    • Genevieve October 9 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Joy! I’m so excited for you. Motherhood is such an awesome ride. And I have faith that you’ll have an awesome childbirth! Trust your body, trust the process. Keep me posted on your experience and send a photo and I’ll give you a shout out in one of our Sunday shows (like this one: http://youtu.be/xo3Roii20Jk).

  9. Lynne July 7 at 1:23 pm

    My daughter-in-law has had five babies “natural”, the last four were born at home. All of her babies have been big – 9+ pounds. The last one, a girl, was over 10 pounds (one other was, too). Thank the Lord, she hasn’t had any problems delivering and we can see such a huge difference between the first one born in the hospital (I have that all on video tape – how awful for that little one! The stress they put her through was horrible and sure enough, a week later she was back in the hospital) and those born at home are night and day. With this fifth birth, the whole house was just going about its business like normal. We are sold on home births…

    • Genevieve July 7 at 9:50 pm

      Nice! I think the first birth is tough no matter what. The baby is truly the “trail blazer” and can be very hard on mom. And WOW, those are some big babies to deliver! Glad to hear the last one was so normal and serene. I think home births are beautiful!

  10. Tessa May 24 at 2:57 pm

    What is that song during the photo slideshow? It’s beautiful :)

  11. Amy October 27 at 7:27 am

    Genevieve, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story and videos. I love the words you use to describe birthing as an experience that ignites your “mama bear” instinct, an experience that bound you to your child. Beautiful. I am a CNM and one of your doulas is one of my best friends. I just gave birth to my third child 3 weeks ago with the help of your/my doula. It was an awesome experience for me, very intense, and took me to the end of myself as well. What an amazing gift from God to have privilege to be the caretaker of these beautiful children. Bless you and your family!

  12. Megan October 5 at 2:49 pm

    Got all emotional when I read this! Didn’t watch the Videos bc I don’t have time but what an amazing experience! I’m a bit jealous, where I live there isn’t a place in the hospital like this. I would love/ and WILL do the birthing tub with the next baby i have. I am impressed that you didn’t get anything, I go nubane, (sp?) bc I couldn’t relax in between my contractions. But it was amazing, even through all the pain, to feel my baby being pushed out of me. I am really proud and happy for you! I tried to make it through all natural and I am very impressed that you did! Congrats on the beautiful bundle of joy! The next year will fly by, my little baby is turning one this month and it is so sad/happy how much they grow and how fast!

  13. ElisabethCS September 29 at 10:47 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I loved hearing and seeing your birth. Love the G name;) YOU DID IT! Your birth WAS natural and pain-med free…those two little drops were so minor. Congratulations and God bless. He is just precious. I’ll be sharing Gibson’s story soon…kind of emotional to put it into words, but I’m going to.

    • Genevieve September 30 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Elisabeth,

      My midwife told me that it was still natural too since I didn’t use pain meds so I’m holding onto that ;). Please ping me when you complete Gibson’s birth story! I need to see!

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