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