I can’t say I was totally patient that last week of pregnancy, but I was trying! I certainly enjoyed the alone time with my daughter, before she was promoted to big sister. A week before I actually went into labor, I had prodromal labor for 8 hours. It started at 4 pm, with contractions 10 [...]
definitely- my firstborn son made his entrance into the world( although this idea confuses me a little, because i think he was every bit as much alive and therefore “part of the world” when he was inside of me… andrew and i both think people should count years by conception dates rather than birthdays – [...]
View Shara’s birth video here
My first two labors began with natural birthing dreams, each lasted 24 hours long and for different reasons (neither were medical emergencies) ended in the birth of our boys via c-section surgeries. After my second c-section, I had a very difficult time finding peace and healing from the emotional pain I [...]
A Wish, A Prayer and a Special Scar
With each of my three children, my views about birth have changed and grown and matured based on the birth experience I had with each of them. But none of my three pregnancies and births changed me quite as much as the birth of my third child William [...]
I spent nearly all my “active” labor with my first son, Tavin, being as inactive as possible: in bed, hooked up to an IV, continuous EFM, narcotics first—and then an epidural at 9cm. My bag was ruptured to “help speed things along.” I pushed for two hours before Dr. L said it was looking like [...]
Jonathan’s Birth Story, 3/31/07
I have been fascinated with childbirth as long as I can remember. So, when my own pregnancy happened, I felt very confident that I would have the vaginal birth that I planned on and assumed would happen. My pregnancy was complication free, I never measured “big,” and everything looked great. At my [...]
My son is kind of a double anomaly-he came on his due date, April 17th, and my water broke before labor began, two things that I was told very rarely ever happen. Those weren’t the only two things about my labor that were completely and utterly unexpected.
I planned very much on delivering naturally-I was never [...]
The Family Centered Cesarean: A Woman-Centered Technique
by Stephanie Stanley, Chapter Leader ICAN of Phoenix
A natural cesarean? You may have heard the term being used lately, largely as a result of this video that is circling around, but what exactly is a natural cesarean? Seems like an oxymoron right?
The natural cesarean, or family centered cesarean, [...]
Telling the story of my most recent birth requires the telling of the one that preceded it. They are so intimately connected that they have become parts of the same story.
My pregnancy with my firstborn, Bruin, was wonderful. I really liked most of the doctors who made up my OB team, and felt confident about [...]
My first c-section was with my sixth pregnancy, which I carried as a surrogate mom. I unfortunately wasn’t matched with the best doctor or couple. The doctor claimed the baby was large and was going to get stuck in the birth canal during birth. The couple I was carrying for just wanted the baby [...]