Birth Stories

Reading Mama Natural's Book And Talking With Her Support Group Helped Jaime During Her Hospital Birth

  • Video Interview With Jaime

  • When did you realize you were really in labor?

    I was having more frequent and slightly painful Braxton Hicks contractions so my husband and I called our midwife and she told us to come in and get checked out. She examined me and said I was 3cm dilated so she said for me to labor at home for a couple of hours and then come back.

  • What was the most challenging thing about going natural?

    Near the end, the frequent and painful contractions exhausted me. I remember asking my midwife how much longer it would be and when she said 30min, I almost cried. I was just soo tired!

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  • What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?

    Reading Mama Natural’s book really helped me. Also talking with my sister and mother who have had a lot of experience really helped.

  • What surprised you about your birth?

    How painful it is!! But also how amazing and rewarding it is.

  • Find the people who will encourage you, hold your hand, and pray with you through the process.
  • What pain relief strategies worked best?

    A bath really helped!

  • How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?

    I did immediate skin to skin and it was unreal to have my baby that had been inside of me for 9 months on my chest. I don’t think I fully comprehended it.

  • What did you name your baby, and why?

    My husband and I named her Esther Rae. We both love the meaning and the story behind the name Esther, and Rae is after my husband’s stepmom.

  • What advice can you give to other mamas who want to go natural?

    Find some good support! I had my husband, sister, mother, and midwife with me and I could not have done it without them! So find the people who will encourage you, hold your hand, and pray with you through the process.

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