Baby and Family Pictures

Jul 272016
 
Nina gave us permission to re-post her birth story from her blog http://www.enchantedcharisma.com
On Wednesday June 8th, I accomplished the biggest and by far coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I gave birth naturally and unmedicated to our son and first child Thatcher Van Davenport. He was born at 9.18 PM in comfort of our own home.
I’m happy to share my birth story to be encouraging, to spread positive birthing energy out to all women (and everyone else needing some positive ju ju) in the world and if anything else just to entertain.
Sadly there’s plenty of scare around the subject birth and it makes me mad to think many women get discouraged or think they don’t have the strength to give birth on their own.
I ask you to please respect the intimacy of the photos in this post and to not use or copy them.
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Since the beginning of this pregnancy I was convinced that the only way to go about it was to trust my body and it’s natural ability to grow and birth a tiny human. Born at home myself in a country where home birthing is considered very normal, made it very natural to me to want to birth at home rather than a hospital. I did however keep an open mind the entire time and had a bag packed and ready to go in case we did have to go to the hospital for medical reasons.

At 39 weeks 5 days I lost my mucus plug. It was a Friday, my husbands birthday and he was out celebrating with the guys. I called him and he came home 2 hours later. Thought for sure I would get to hold my baby by the end of that weekend considering I’ve had a good amount of surges that week. That weekend nothing happened. It was hard because as much as I wanted to stay mellow I got really excited thinking things had started. Then on Monday evening right around midnight my water broke. Brian went to pick up his brother from the airport while I went to bed early. 45 Minutes in I woke up feeling this urge of having to pee really bad. I shot out of bed and noticed my panties getting wet halfway to the toilet. I remember thinking did I just really pee my pants?! I called our midwife after Brian got home and she suggested I’d go back to bed and get some sleep in case things started progressing. Although I learned the previous Friday to not get too excited I couldn’t help but getting giddy about getting to actually meet my baby now very soon.
The night passed by… Tuesday morning I texted our midwife to tell her nothing happened yet and she suggested I’d go for a (another!) long walk. So, sweet hubby walked for an hour around the neighborhood with me.
We had a checkup appointment with our midwife later that afternoon and talked about natural ways to induce. My midwife mentioned acupuncture and I decided to give that a try since I’ve never experienced acupunture.
​I made an appointment for that same evening 5.30 pm. The acupuncture itself wasn’t relaxing at all. The therapist said inducing labor with acupuncture was the least pleasurable one out of all acupuncture experiences. It didn’t matter to me. I was willing to try anything natural to get this party going.
The session took an hour, and by the time I walked out of the therapists’ home my belly had dropped. I came home and Brian noticed immediately. I told him I felt the baby drop during a surge while laying there with about 25 pins in my body. It was the coolest weirdest feeling and not subtle at all.
The Therapist predicted I was going to have a boy, She was one of those people that is spiritually connected and in tune with her senses and energy. Intuitive and very direct about it. As I was gathering my stuff to leave she said let me know if you need me again tomorrow. Somehow I felt like she knew nothing was going to happen that same evening.
I went home and went for another long 1,5 hour walk with Brian. That night I went to bed without any expectations or hope, just tiredness.

Wednesday June 8.
I woke up at 6.30 am. I decided to go for a short walk, on my own. I needed time by myself to think and process. I had now passed 24 hours after my water had broken and I was starting to wonder how this story would end. I told myself everything was going to be just fine. No need to start worrying. No matter what I was closer to meeting my baby with every minute passing by.
Checked in with our midwife at 9 am. She suggested I could try 2 things to help things move along.. A couple of herbs and a sequence of things including nipple stimulation, or castor oil. I wanted to try a combination of nipple stimulation and castor oil. So we got dressed and left the house to pick up a breast pump from our midwife as well as a quick stop at Target for some castor oil. Target didn’t have castor oil. But while in there my little false labor surges I’d been having had turned in to stronger ones.
I could not help but think what the heck am I doing in a store, I don’t feel well at all! We drove to wheatsville and while I stayed in the car dealing with the oncoming surges Brian ran in for some castor oil. Once home I started timing my surges and noticed they were 5 mins apart. I texted Christy, our midwife and she told me one of the other midwives would stop by soon to come check on things.
An hour later Chandra arrived. It was 3.00 pm. I was sitting on my birthing ball and feeling pretty uncomfortable to be cheery and to entertain. Brian had speedy cleaned and prepped the whole house with candles, pillows, essential oils and indian instrumental music (my favorite soothing kind).
He had said earlier he thought the baby was going to come today and right he was. I went to the bathroom and noticed blood for the first time. Things started picking up. Thank god I had not taken the castor oil yet as my body was now cleaning itself out on it’s own. I couldn’t stop going to the bathroom so I labored there for a while. Chandra had called Jenni, our other midwife to let her know things were progressing. The surges started to get more and more intense. I loved being in the bathroom where I was close to the toilet. My favorite position during each surge was either sitting on the toilet, on my knees or leaning over the edge of the bath tub.

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Jenni arrived. They both encouraged me to keep changing positions but the only thing I wanted to do was sit on my knees or the toilet. Walking trough a surge was really uncomfortable for me personally. I walked, laid on my back, sat on the toilet, on all fours, leaned on Brian as things kept intensifying as time was passing by. I remember feeling very  uncomfortable. Not in pain. I don’t find that a good word to describe labor at all.
I had no idea how far I was dilated.  I didn’t need to know. My body was doing it’s thing and I knew I was going to meet my baby very soon. I vomited and murmured ‘Is this transition?’ I don’t remember talking much after that as my body started pushing pretty soon thereafter. Wow what an incredible feeling. My body collected this immense strength towards my belly with which it contracted and pushed the baby down. First with longer breaks in between. Then faster with barely any or sometimes no break. It was the best feeling ever. Even tho at this point I felt totally out of my own body in trance mode. Nothing mattered anymore, I lost concept of time, space, everything. Just me and these incredible pushes.
His head started appearing. I pushed for a total of about 45 minutes apparently. His head took a while to be all out, but after that his body followed immediately. And all of a sudden there he was. 9.18 pm. Crying right away. I had delivered an 6 pound 13 ounce boy, our son on all fours on our bathroom floor and it was the coolest most magical thing I’ve ever done!
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I took him in my arms as I started crying. I couldn’t believe what just happened. Brian and I sat there in the bathroom for a bit, over the moon in love with our surprise boy. My placenta came out pretty soon following birth. We moved to the bed as our first hours as parents, a new chapter in our lives started counting. Skin to skin I tried to keep my baby warm even tho I was shivering from being cold myself. He laid on my chest for about an hour and a half before Brian separated the umbilical cord from my placenta. Then he showed interest in wanting to nurse. He latched on right away and it felt amazing being so connected together from the outside as much we were from the inside for so long. I couldn’t stop staring. We excitedly called both our families. Thank god for FaceTime and Skype. Thatcher was weighed and measured and we made placenta prints before it was being cut up and stored in the freezer.
The following 5 days I drunk my frozen placenta which was cut into little pieces, stored as ice cubes in smoothies. It contains oxytocin, a hormone that reduces pain and increases bonding with baby, it also contains thyroid stimulating hormones, interferon and prolactin, which is believed to boost the immune system, energy, recovery and milk supply. As much as it may sound gross to some, I didn’t taste it at all in my smoothies. Im not sure if it did anything special for me since I haven’t experienced recovery without consuming my placenta but I will tell you I felt great days after giving birth. Happy! Also my milk supply was very rich once it came in on day 3.
And all of a sudden there were 3 of us. I feel so lucky for being able to give birth peacefully at home. It’s true there’s no place better than home or your own bed. I’m very excited for the new times ahead of us!
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At Nina, Brian, and Thatcher's six week postpartum visit with Christy, Jenni, Haven, and Chandra...it was a big love fest !

        At Nina, Brian, and Thatcher’s six week postpartum visit with Christy, Jenni, Haven, and         Chandra…it was a big love fest !

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Apr 232016
 

We were lucky enough to have a number of previous and current clients at our reunion in February. Despite the slightly gloomy weather, there was a lovely turnout, lots of delicious food, and many children playing on the trampoline and the swings. Thank you to those who made it! Here are a few pictures we’ve finally downloaded of that day (all posted with permission). We will be repeating this event for sure as it’s become one of our favorite gatherings to host.

MotherBloom Reunion 2016 Kate, Lilly and Christy MB Reunion 2016 on the trampoline MotherBloom Reunion 2016 on the swingMotherBloom Reunion 2016 by the officeMB Reunion 2016 at the officeMotherbloom Reunion 2016 Erin and Haven
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MotherBloom Reunion 2016 three babiesMotherBloom Reunion 2016 Keely Lilly, Christy and MatthewMotherBloom Reunion 2016 asleep

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Quinlan’s Birth Story

 Posted by on April 19, 2016
Apr 192016
 

Tandem nursing !

This amazing person birthed her second baby last September.  Kat planned two homebirths but both of her babies decided to arrive early, thwarting their mother’s plans.  Kat writes about her birth experience and how her Mama Bear instincts rocked the hospital on the Birth Without Fear blog. Now she’s spending her days rocking tandem nursing!

Quinlan’s Birth Story on Birth Without Fear Blog

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What makes a midwife happy?

 Posted by on November 6, 2015
Nov 062015
 

Seeing happy families !

This week two things happened that made my heart sing; there were actually more heart singing moments but these two stick out regarding my work as a midwife.

The first was this:

Meira

Meira turned two years old this week !  I helped Meira’s mom at her birth two years ago and now they are expecting a sibling in a few months.  It’s so fun watching families grow, not only in number of children but watching the babies I caught grow so much during their parent’s next pregnancy is very heartwarming. Speech and motor development is fascinating to watch month by month during prenatal visits.  And the transition from being the baby to being big sister, though usually challenging for everyone involved, is also sweet to see from an outsiders perspective.  Happy Birthday Meira!

Second was this:

Group postpartum gathering

We had great group of moms at our Group Postpartum Gathering.  The weather wasn’t great but so many of our late summer, early fall babies brought their moms to our office for a sweet time together.  There is nothing a new parent needs more than hang out time with other parents and babies!  These ladies had a lively discussion and shared tips and ideas that are working for them in caring for their new little ones.  Dr. Karen Rayne also came over to talk about relationships and sex after having a baby- a topic not often discussed in our culture, but one that everyone has questions and concerns about.  I am hopeful that these mothers continue to feel supported in their parenting and continue to rely on their intuition and curiosity in caring for their babies into childhood.  And I am hopeful I will continue to see them and watch both the mothers and the babies grow.

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Our Summer Days

 Posted by on September 9, 2015
Sep 092015
 

It is said that summer is the time of year for expansion: spending time outdoors, hot weather, lazy no-school days, water play…..as opposed to a time of contraction during the winter when it is cold and we stay inside more. In Austin, the summer seems to be a bit of both, which certainly proved to be true for us; we welcomed a new little being into our home this year, expanding our family and nestling in at home during the hottest months.   Jenni went into labor just a few weeks after climbing to the top of Enchanted Rock and just a few days after she posted about being pregnant as a midwife. Now we have a thriving, smiling 2 month-old baby named Haven Otter, who is bringing so much delight to all the members of our family. Haven has created space for us to be present and connected in the midst of our very full lives.  With him around, we are not inclined to be busy all the time because he reminds us to sit and hold him and stare at his cuteness. I really appreciate this part of parenting a newborn, the constant reminder to just be.  I have started sitting in my front yard swing again with Haven in my lap, something I did often when my other two children were little but the habit quickly disappeared as they got older.  Jenni has blossomed into a powerful and sweet Mama Bear, something awe-inspiring to witness on a daily basis.  As we are settling into being two working moms with a baby, two teenagers, and a farmette, I have intense feelings of gratitude for our families, our friends, and the wonderful families we work with who create an even larger family of friends as the years go on.

the three of us

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Haven is not the only baby born around us this summer. We have had a busy late July and August, welcoming several other babies into their families; each entering the world with bright eyes and loving parents.

Here are few pictures of some of the new little ones:

Valor

Valor

Lucas

Lucas

Isaac

Isaac

Have you noticed a summer baby trend?….all boys !

We are planning to continue Group Prenatal Sessions on the first and third Thursdays of each month this fall.  Here’s a look at the upcoming topics.  If you are a client and have a topic you want discussed, please let us know.

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MotherBloom Reunion

 Posted by on May 23, 2015
May 232015
 

Reunion

A few weeks ago, Jenni and I hosted a MotherBloom Reunion at our home office.  It was so heartwarming to see families I have not seen in several years, as well as the families who welcomed babies last month.  We had yummy, nutritious treats to eat, a trampoline for lots -o- bouncing, space to run around in, and baby goats for cuddling.  Our friend and client Lucero Archuleta came to take pictures, some candid and some not.  She set up a little studio on the front porch and Souffle, one of the baby goats, obliged everyone by participating in many of the family photos; she is very photogenic.

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Everyone seemed to have a relaxing afternoon chatting with each other and meeting new people.  My dear friend Colleen, who was the first to trust me to catch her baby as a new midwife (she was my very first primary client), surprised me by coming to the reunion and bringing Theo, who is now 12 years old.  I remember being so nervous at his birth and leaping all over the place to make sure all was well- and it was. I love this expression on his face !

Theo and Christy

Theo with Christy

We’re hoping to make this a biannual event. I often think that certain families or clients would get along well and that they should know each other. A reunion is the perfect place to introduce people with no pressure…. It’s a little like playing matchmaker ! These are just a few of the great pictures Lucero took.

Roan and Alicia

Nikki

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Laura5

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Stay tuned for date of next reunion….to occur sometime in October !

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Happy Mother’s Day Birth

 Posted by on May 10, 2015
May 102015
 

Mother's Day family

Autumn, Dan and family greeted their new baby this morning…What a nice Mother’s Day gift.  This baby girl makes 7 sweet children in this family and they all climbed on the bed to meet their new sister as she was nursing for the first time.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mamas I have had the

privilege to know and work with

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March Madness Midwifery Style

 Posted by on April 17, 2015
Apr 172015
 

March was one of our busiest months ever for the arrival of babies!  Each of these babies was born in their own unique way, born into families with older siblings, adding to the joy and fullness of each home.

Meet our March Babies!

Welcome….

Layla

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Lucas

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Boaz

Boaz

 

 

 

 

Eliza

Eliza

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titus

Titus

 

 

 

 

Travis

Travis

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Welcome David

 Posted by on November 17, 2014
Nov 172014
 

Alexandra birthed David at home in mid-October and she just sent her birth story to be shared on our blog.  She had a very triumphant vaginal birth after cesarean!

Alexandra and David

Alexandra and David

Alexandra and Zach

Alexandra and Zach right after David was born

My HBAC birth story.

Friday October 17th I was 40+3 and exhausted of being pregnant. So, I bought a nice standing rib roast for dinner and made an amazing meal as a special treat. I tried going to bed at about 9pm. I started having mild contractions by 11pm and started timing them about 1-1:30. At 3:30 I called my doula to let her know I was definitely in labor. 5am came around and my water broke. I was sitting on the toilet and then grabbed the walls and whoa. My water broke. I called to my husband and told him. He then worried he’d be delivering the baby before we even called anybody. He then called the midwives. They told him to call back when the contractions got closer together. I got in the shower which felt amazing. Things escalated quickly after that point. I had him call the doula who then called the birth photographer. We called the midwives back to come at about 6am. Everybody was at our house by 7am. I mostly labored laying on my side as that was the most comfortable position. We did the

Big Brother Luke looking on

Big Brother Luke looking on

stairs and walked around some. I used the birth ball. I tried just about everything. I had intense pressure and pain in my lower back, sacrum area. During late active labor I got into my bathtub, and the pain just melted away. The water just felt amazing. I stayed in the tub as long as I could before it got cold and stopped relieving the pain. Then when I hit transition labor I didn’t wanna do it anymore. I was ready to give up, but there was no way you’d have gotten me in a car unless it was necessary. There was no relief between contractions. I didn’t wanna do what anyone was suggesting. I just hurt. Eventually my body just started pushing. I was in the shower and I couldn’t stop my body from pushing. I tried the bath and we tries to not push through the contractions. I wasn’t quite fully dilated. Shortly though I was ready to push. I pushed hard for about an hour and at 1:43pm on October 18th, my perfect boy was born. 9lbs 4oz. 22in long. I did it! I pushed my baby out. I wound up with a necessary episiotomy and tearing externally. The internal tearing put me in the hospital for about 6hrs. I had to get a spinal block for the stitches. I got home about midnight and I’ve been enjoying snuggles with my angel ever since. There were times I just didn’t want to do it. I was ready to give up, but I did it. I had to constantly remind myself that my body isn’t broken. I’m the proud momma of two perfect boys. One born by cesarean, and one born all natural vbac at home.

I did it!

I did it!

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Welcome Zephram Benjamin

 Posted by on October 9, 2014
Oct 092014
 

Zephram was born on the morning of August 29th. His birth was not what his parents were expecting, but they instantly fell in love with this little guy.  He is big and thriving now at almost 6 weeks old.  These are the pictures and descriptions his mom Ashley sent for me to post so you could meet him!

"Us hanging out at home, safe and sound"

“Us hanging out at home, safe and sound”

"The first time I held him. (12 hours after birth!)"

“The first time I held him. (12 hours after birth!)”

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“Rocking out in the NICU”

"In our room at the hospital"

“In our room at the hospital”

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“At birth. If that’s too much for the blog that’s cool, but I included it just in case”

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“Right after birth. By the time I saw him, he’d already lost the respirator and the tube to his stomach”

"Some Daddy time in the NICU"

“Some Daddy time in the NICU”

"First trip to the home brew store, a.k.a. letting Mommy sleep!"

“First trip to the home brew store, a.k.a. letting Mommy sleep!”

"Zephram's first walk with Daddy and Suzie!"

“Zephram’s first walk with Daddy and Suzie!”

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