Birth Stories

Having A Fantastic Midwife Who Supports Becky That Helped Her Achieve Natural Hospital Birth

  • When did you realize you were really in labor?

    I had my membranes swept by my midwife at 38 weeks 5 days. Later that day, I was having mild cramps and low back pain but didn’t think anything of it. I went to lay in bed and rest around 7 pm, and a few minutes later noticed I had had 3 small contractions about 6 minutes apart! I still didn’t think anything of it, because I’d been having fake labor starts for a week now. Then I felt a trickle in my undies and thought I must have peed myself! I walked into the bathroom, where my waters proceeded to break all over the floor! At that point, I realized I was in labor.

  • What was the most challenging thing about going natural?

    Making it through pushing. I was holding myself back for fear of the pain, and finally realized that the only way out was through! It was TOUGH!

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

    I had a fantastic midwife who fully supported my natural hospital birth. I also had taken birth boot camp and had a BBC doula. I also read many, many natural birth stories and listened to Birth podcasts. I am convinced that staying active and receiving regular chiropractic care helped put my baby in the best position for birth and gave me the strength to make it through.

  • What surprised you about your birth?

    That I actually did it!!! I was convinced, after needing a “hit of pit,” that I would eventually request an epidural due to the power of pitocin-augmented contractions. But, once I got into the tub towards the end of transition, my body began involuntarily pushing and she was born shortly after! I didn’t even have time to think about asking for one.

  • You’ve got this! You were made for this. Find what makes you feel strong and use it! Have a great birth team by your side.
  • What pain relief strategies worked best?

    Allowing my body to do its thing, including making the weirdest of noises! I also had a labor playlist that kept me grounded and reminded me to draw my strength from the Lord. The tub helped tremendously during transition and pushing.

  • What position did you end up delivering in?

    I was sitting back, reclined in the tub.

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

    Immediate awe and relief that it was over!

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

    You’ve got this! You were made for this. Find what makes you feel strong and use it! Have a great birth team by your side.