Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean!

Mentally preparing for a natural childbirth...Letting go of all the fears and anxiety...This picture says it all!
Alicia had only known birth by c-section until the unforgettable day of December 11th, 2009. After laboring for 31 hours, she gave birth to a beautiful little girl!

Imagine the strength and satisfaction of giving birth vaginally without any medications. For some, this is nothing extraordinary...But for someone who has been told she must continue to give birth by cesarean section, this is extraordinarily empowering!
Alicia...You were so strong and did such a great job of listening to your body!
Welcome to your family Ella Marie!
Born on December 11th, 2009 at 12:54pm
Weight 7lb 5oz and 20 inches long
Proud parents are Alicia and Tyler
Big Brother Wriley and Big Sister Ruby

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Am I REALLY in labor?

Amber had her checkup with her Midwife at 4:30 pm and to the surprise of everyone, she was already dilated to 8cm without realizing she was in active labor! I got the call at 5 pm and headed to their home as quickly as I could in rush hour traffic. Amber was able to relax in the warm water of the birth tub for about 45 minutes before Baby Nathan gently slipped out into the water and into the hands of his Daddy.

Congratulations to Amber, Jun and big brother Caleb on the birth of little Nathan! Born at home in the water on November 24th, 2009 at 7:15 pm. He weighed in at 7lb 14oz and is 20 inches long.

Thank you, Jun for the photos :}

Monday, November 23, 2009

Whitney and Nathan's little red Dahlia!

Daddy's little girl!

After a very intense 48 hours of labor, Dahlia Lorraine was born by cesarean section at Swedish Ballard on November 21st, 2009 at 6:46pm. She weighed 7lb 14oz, was 19.75 inches long and has adorable red hair...Hmmm, she was a little stubborn by trying to come out sunny-side up! Whitney, your strength was absolutely amazing and Nathan, your support was beautiful...The two of you are TRULY blessed!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Katie labored in the water until it was time to push...
5 hours and 20 minutes from the first contraction, Jamison and Katie's son arrived!
Samuel Liberty born at Capital Hospital
October 18th, 2009 at 7:50pm
Weight 7lbs 8.3oz

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Race to The Birthing Inn!

Meet Samantha Marie!
Born in the water on October 7th, 2009 @ 8:04am
Weight 7lbs 13oz
She arrived 50 minutes after we walked through the doors!
Patrick and Liz are the proud parents
Dad's first diapering experience!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Awesome job Heidi!

You ran the marathon of your life...and you ran it well!
Micaela Rose was born to Mike and Heidi at St. Joe's Tacoma
Sept. 26th, 2009 at 9:42pm
Weight 8lb 13oz and 20 1/2" long

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Congratulations Bryn & Chad!

Taking that very important rest in between contractions

Riley Elizabeth born at The Birthing Inn
September 23rd, 2009 @ 5:49am
Weight 9lb 14oz and 22 inches long

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A beautiful home water birth!

Naomi Joelle was born at home
August 22nd @ 6:45am
Weight 8lb 3oz and 21" long
Proud parents are Joanna and Russell

First kiss from Daddy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What is a Doula?

The word "doula" is Greek in origin, and has come to mean "woman helping woman" in childbirth. A doula is a non-medical labor support assistant. She provides a birthing woman with physical, emotional and informational support at childbirth, whether the birth takes place in a hospital, home, or childbirth center. Her primary concern is the mother, although she may also support other members of the family who are present. Doctors, nurses and midwives usually are not in a position to provide this continual support. As medical professionals who may be caring for more than one patient at a time, they cannot stay in the room with the mother. They also need to concentrate on the more clinical aspects of childbirth.

A doula's presence does not make a birth partner's presence unnecessary. To the contrary, a doula's presence frees the partner from certain aspects of concern and allows the partner to interact more closely with the birthing woman. A doula's purpose is to aid the mother in labor and help her have the birth experience she wants, thereby leaving her with a sense of empowerment and a beautiful, positive birth memory.

The Role of a Doula:

Most doula and client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this time, they establish a relationship that gives the mother complete freedom to ask questions, express fears and concerns, and take an active role in creating a birth plan. Most doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone to answer questions or explain any developments that may arise in pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in the medical aspect of labor and birth so they can help their clients get a better understanding of procedures and complications that may arise in late pregnancy or during the birth process. During labor, doulas are in constant, close proximity to the mother at all times. They can provide comfort with pain relief techniques, such as breathing, relaxing, massage and laboring positions. Doulas also encourage participation from the partner and offer reassurance. A doula acts as a silent advocate for the mother, encouraging her in her desires for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother have a positive and safe birth experience, whether the mother wants an un-medicated birth or is having a planned cesarean birth. After the birth, many birth doulas will spend a short time helping mothers begin the breastfeeding process and enoucourage bonding between the new baby and family members.

Today, many fathers are taking a more active role in the birth process, but some partners feel that this is a huge expectation, and would rather be able to enjoy the birth without having to stand in as labor coach. With a doula as a part of the birth team, a father can do whatever he feels comfortable with at each moment. Doulas can encourage the father to use comfort measures and can step in when he needs a break. Having a doula allows the father to be able to support his partner emotionally during labor and birth and also enjoy it himself without the pressure to remember everything he learned in childbirth class!