Friday, December 28, 2012

Nature's Pitocin

8 centimeters...An hour before birth!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Born in the Caul ~ A Magical Birth!

It was December 18th, 2012...this little one's estimated due date. She surprised her mommy by arriving right on time but that wasn't the only surprise. If you look closely by her left shoulder, you can see that she is still fully contained in the amniotic sac that has been her home for the previous nine months. This is seen more often by midwives since they are less likely than obstetricians to break the bag of water. Seconds after snapping this photo, the midwife separated the membrane and exposed baby's face so she could take her first breath...It was truly magical!
I'm thinking she's gonna like the number 12! She was due 12/18/12, born 12/18/12 at 2:12 and weighed.... 7.12!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Heading to the Inn!

I love snapping a photo of our couples as they get ready to walk through the doors of Babymoon Inn. No matter how active of labor they're in, they always seem to have a smile!

Babymoon Inn - A Birth Sanctuary
Attended by Midwives

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pure Joy!

"Childbirth is an experience in a woman's life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates - in her own way - remembering all the generations of women who walk with her...She is never alone." ~ Suzanne Arms

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bean Bag Baby!

As much as we try to plan where, when and how we will birth our babies, they really do have a mind of their own. This mama planned to have her baby in the brown room at Babymoon Inn birth center. I think Dad was prepared to catch but I don't think he realized he'd have to catch! Baby tried to come in the car...Mama said "no!" Baby tried to come two steps through the door of the birth center...Mama said "no!" Baby said, "I'm coming now!"...We made it to the brown bean bag in the living room area and this is what unfolded...

 What a precious look on Daddy's face as he's gently guiding his son into his hands!

Dad placing his son in wife's arms. Then he stood back in awe at what had just taken place! What an honor it was to witness such a beautiful birth!

Beautiful job Mama!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Busy, busy, busy...again!

Big sister was helping her mama through each contraction. She got in the water and helped catch her baby brother and even cut the umbilical cord (of which she could pronounce every syllable!)

Photo above is one happy mama...She pushed her baby out after having a cesarean birth with her firstborn son!

Waterbirth at Babymoon Inn!

Top left: Smiling at 9 centimeters
Top right: Mom scoops up baby
Bottom left: A sweet family moment
Bottom right: One happy papa!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Busy, busy, busy with Mamas and Babies!

I am SO blessed to be able to support families through one of the most intimate experiences of their lives...The birth of a baby! April was very busy with 11 of them...and  ALL Babymoon Inn families! So far, there have been 4 in May with 7 more in "the window" so it's looking like another busy month. Here's some of my favorite shots since the last time I posted.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Birthing Your Own Way

Labor can be a time when a women feels like she has no control over what is happening with her body. In some cases, they're told they may not eat or drink, no getting out of bed, even when and how they can push their baby out. All too often, a care provider has certain processes they follow when it comes to giving birth. This is most common with hospital births when standard procedures come into play. I've had clients ask their provider if they can be in whatever position is most comfortable for them when it comes for pushing. Most often, they're told they can labor in any position but when it comes time to push, they must be on their backs as that is the easiest position for the doctor to "deliver" the baby. Wouldn't it be better to let the woman be in whatever position she wants whether it is a squat, on her side, on all fours or in the water? How about lying beside her partner, using his body to rest her leg upon after each push? Like this...

When women are allowed to make the decisions during labor and birth, they have confidence in their body's ability to birth naturally as it was designed to do. She surrenders to the waves that ebb and flow knowing each one will bring her baby closer to her arms. In this case, each wave brought their baby closer to Daddy's hands. This photo was taken two minutes after he placed her on his wife's chest...And the two became three!

At Babymoon Inn ~ A Birth Sanctuary

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Wonders of Water...Nature's Epidural!

There are many benefits to laboring and birthing in water. One of them is...You have beautiful photos like this! I'll be back shortly to talk more about water being a part of your birth experience!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Next Best Thing...

You've got your birth plan all written out, the pregnancy has been free of any complications and you are about to experience the birth of your dreams. Suddenly at 38 weeks, your water breaks and there is a complication that necessitates the need to change your plans. This can be a very difficult adjustment if you've never talked about the possibilities of needing to go on to the next best thing. Whether you've planned on a birth at a birth center and ended up at the hospital, planned an unmedicated birth but ended up with an epidural after 36 hours of labor, or planned on a normal, vaginal birth but ended up with a cesarean birth...You made a decision out of love for your baby to go on to the! One of my goals as a doula is to help couples have the best experience possible, regardless of the circumstances. That was the case with this beautiful couple who had to make some adjustments to their birth plan. Even though the birth of their son didn't take place at the birth center, everyone in that room will remember it as one of the most amazing hospital births ever!

Meet Owen Thomas
Born January 17th at 10:38pm
St. Joseph's Hospital
Weighed 7lbs 2.4oz and 19 inches long
Proud parents are Kelly and Torrey

Sunday, January 15, 2012

An Unavoidable Cesarean

Placenta Previa is a condition where the placenta is either partially or completely covering the opening of the cervix and usually necessitates the baby being born by cesarean. That was the case with this little guy.

Last Friday, I attended my 66th birth as a doula and the first for a scheduled cesarean birth. I've had previous clients go through labor and for various reasons, end up having a cesarean. I have never been able to attend the surgery as they'll only let one support person in. This time, however, I was that support person. This young woman was very brave as she faced what was ahead in the operating room. I was prepared for what I'd see ( since I've watched numerous videos on cesarean birth), but I'd say I was less prepared to witness what women go through emotionally while undergoing a cesarean. I stayed close by her head whispering words of comfort...Letting her know she was doing an amazing job of staying calm even while facing this great fear! "You're SO strong! You're doing beautiful! He's almost here! You did it...There's your son!" And then the moment she first laid eyes on him...

Welcome Collin Alexander
Born January 13th, 2012 at 1pm
Maricopa Hospital
Weighed 7lb and was 20 inches long
Amazing Mama Shannon

While on the subject of cesareans, if you have experienced a cesarean birth and would like a safe place to share your story and express your feelings, we are holding our first Cesarean Support Group meeting on January 26th. The purpose of these meetings is to provide support, friendship, sharing of birth stories and resources in a nurturing environment. Information will be available that will help you plan for a VBAC, if that is a possibility, as well as find providers in the community that are supportive of VBAC's. We will also discuss ways to help you have a more positive cesarean experience should it be necessary for you to have one. This meeting is not associated with ICAN.

Date: January 26th, 2012
Time: 7-9pm

Place: Offices of Babymoon Inn
Address:220 E. Lexington Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Nothing Quite Like a VBAC!

I know I say that every birth is amazing and they really are...But there's just something extra special about a mama birthing her baby they way God intended after having experienced a previous cesarean! I'll let you peek into what the room looked like shortly after Jessica pushed out her second son Benjamin. That look of peace and determination never left her for a moment through her 12 hours of labor. Every person who stepped into that room was in awe of this woman's strength. I don't think it surprised her husband one bit though...He knew she was determined to do it!

Meet Benjamin Harrington
Born January 4th, 2012 at 5:54pm
Scottsdale Shea Hospital
Weighed 7lbs 12oz and 21 inches long
Proud parents are Jessica and Joe
Joins Big Brother Luke