The Home Birth of Basha Maple

Posted on May 17, 2015

The Home Birth of Basha Maple

  BY NICOLE DONALD · MARCH 19, 2015 Our intention for the birth of our daughter was to have a peaceful, low-intervention, home birth on the day that our baby would choose for herself. I previously had one hospital birth and a birthing center/water birth, while my husband had experienced all three of his children’s births at a birthing center—which left us very excited to share our first home birth together. I had been having intense prodromal labor almost everyday since 36 weeks so we were anticipating our daughter might arrive early. But as the weeks went on it became clear we were going to go past our guess-date like I had with my previous children. In our state there are rules about how long home birth midwives can continue support and I was pushing it. 42 weeks came and went; thankfully measurements from our one ultrasound came up with a later guess-date which offered us some extra time, so I didn’t have to worry too much until I hit 43 weeks pregnant (according to my last menstrual period). I really did not want to induce or get unnecessary testing done; I felt confident that our baby was healthy, just not quite ready to be born. We reached a point with waiting where I was running out of options. Because of our state’s laws, I knew that I would have to compromise on certain things if I truly wanted the peaceful home birth I had been preparing for. I eventually had to choose between herbal induction or getting a biophysical profile (BPP) and non-stress test (NST) done to make sure the baby and placenta were handling everything well, in order to continue being supported by our midwife. I chose the BPP and NST to allow our daughter more time to pick her own birthday. By 43 weeks and 2 days (from my LMP) I was pretty much out of time as my midwife did not feel safe continuing on without attempting an herbal induction. I had considered an unassisted birth in the past but my husband wasn’t comfortable with the idea; I also was not prepared to take that on without careful planning and full support from him. I struggled for a while with this decision, but because my blood pressure had been rising the last couple days leading up to this and I did not want to have a hospital birth, I agreed it was a good idea to try to get things moving. We went to a well-respected acupuncturist the day before committing to the natural induction, who also gave us some chinese herbs that we hoped would stir things up. I started taking the chinese herbs the night before we were to try to naturally induce. The next morning (Friday, February 6th) I was up at 6 am having mild but steady contractions. These waves felt similar to the many Braxton Hicks I had become used to over the last several months so I didn’t take them too seriously. I drank 5 oz of castor oil first thing, as my midwife had suggested. Right away the castor oil started to work on clearing me out (not fun). I continued sipping on the chinese herbs while taking the homeopathics: cimicifuga and caulophyllum every 15 minutes. My midwife arrived around 11 am and my contractions had become much stronger, timing between 3-4 minutes apart. She checked me to find I was around 3 cm. Originally I did not want vaginal checks but since we committed to using “natural” interventions to move things along, I felt it made sense to keep an eye on how my body was responding to everything. We went ahead and stripped my membranes which helped my cervix dilate to 4 cm. My husband and I went on a walk after, which made my surges pick up in intensity. When we got back from the walk my midwife massaged my belly for a long time; my body responded right away to the energy and intention. During the massage my contractions shifted, they became very powerful...

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Birth of Mila Ferro <3

Posted on Dec 12, 2014

Birth of Mila Ferro

I recommend ANY expecting mama to have the assistance of a doula. We had no idea how important Alyssa was going to be during our birth experience. I met her through prenatal yoga class, as she was the instructor. I was intrigued by her expertise and gentleness. After researching her site, and shared who she was with my partner, Ryan. We agreed to do prenatal classes with her. She was wonderful, tailoring the syllabus to meet our needs. We had individualized classes for more attention, and she came to us so we could remain in the comfort of our own home. We learned valuable information that we used the very day of my labor. On March 5, I had my first true contractions at 3:30 in the morning, and by 5:30am, the contractions were about 5-7 minutes apart. We called Alyssa, and she came to our home, helped me and my family into the car so we could depart for the hospital. Upon our arrival, she followed me into the examining room, where we found that I was 7 cm dilated, and 90% effaced. My water broke, and we knew the baby was coming! I was transferred to the labor & delivery room and for several hours, I worked. With Alyssa’s assistance, I got through each contraction one breath at a time. When the baby got lodged in my pelvis I wanted an epidural, Alyssa recentered me. She reminded me of our plan and told me to stick with it just one more hour. She recommended the pelvic lift which we learned about in our prenatal class, and we all agreed on to give it a try. My partner came behind me and lifting my stomach during contractions. This technique dislodged the baby and made me a full 10cm within minutes. I began pushing shortly after and within the hour, Mila Lynne was born! If it were not for Alyssa we would not have had a sound, uncomplicated, healthy and natural birth. We owe so much to Alyssa for a beautiful birthday that we will never forget. I encourage you to make the same choice!       – Evelyn...

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Transfer at 32 weeks!

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

I decided to see Michelle late in my pregnancy, I was about 32 weeks.  It was a last minute decision, but one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!  Michelle is such a caring person.  I’m so thankful I had her through this!  The week before I had my son I had prodromal labor every day I would get contractions that would lead to nothing.  It was exhausting not only physically, but emotionally.  The day before I gave birth I had my 38 week check up with Michelle.  She knew what I’ve been going through and knew I was exhausted.  That’s when I had a heart to heart with her and I just CRIED AND CRIED!  She sat there with me and listened and gave me great advice.  I think the visit went from 1:45 till almost 3pm! (You don’t get that at an obgyn office) and she sat there with me!  After that I felt amazing like a HUGE weight was off my shoulders.  The next day I woke up from the BEST sleep I’ve had my entire pregnancy.  Everything was normal till about 3pm when I started feeling some mild contractions 2-3min apart.  I didn’t think too much since I had been dealing with this for a whole week!  But then at 4pm they got extremely intense and let Michelle know she arrived and helped me through it.  I don’t know if I could have done it without her by my side coaching me through it all.  By 9:26pm my beautiful son was born.  I wish I had the words to describe how it felt to catch my own son and watch him take his first breath in my hands.  Simply incredible.  I wish all the mommies could have Michelle by their side through this, she is such an amazing and caring person. -Maribel Jimenez (mom of...

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