Birth Stories

My Unplanned, Unassisted, Home Birth

Thursday, June 1, 2017 By Alayna Pagnani-Gendron
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As my son’s second birthday is quickly approaching I am reflecting on his unplanned, but awesome home birth. I had an easy, healthy, low risk pregnancy, which made me a great candidate for a natural birth center birth. I prepared hard for my birth by practicing yoga, taking hypnobirthing classes, squatting regularly, and eating a high protein diet. But, of course, I would slip in some chocolate chip cookies here and there! I also got chiropractic adjustments regularly to keep my spine in good alignment and the baby in the ideal birthing position. I remember the day I went into…


10 Surprising Thoughts Women Think During Labor

Friday, April 28, 2017 By Quinn Kelly
10 thoughts women think during labor

Women (usually) get nine whole months to mentally prepare for labor, but let’s be real–no woman can really predict how she will feel until after her contractions have begun. And whether she chooses The Bradley Method or the “give me all the medicine you got” method for delivering her little bundle of love, one thing is for sure—labor is memorable! I chose to have my first son naturally. So before his birth I created a beautiful playlist, designed my motivating signs, and practiced different pushing positions to get myself ready. Then within two minutes of being in transition, I had…


6 Reasons to Give Birth at a Birth Center

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 By Cheyenne Bell
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While pregnant with my first baby I did a lot of research into a hospital birth vs. a home birth. I already knew I wasn’t that comfortable with the hospital option (just watch The Business of Being Born and you’ll see why), but I also had some hesitation about having a baby at home (and my husband was vehemently opposed to that idea). We didn’t realize until we started doing our homework that a third option was available to us: the Birth Center. What is a birth center? A birth center is a “home-like facility existing within a healthcare system…


The Last First Night Home with a “New” Baby

Friday, August 19, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
The Last First Night Home with a “New” Baby | Baby Chick

Sweet, baby Brooklyn Olivia was born on July 3, at 3:05 p.m. Our last baby (or so we think for now), she is perfect in every way. Nine months of pregnancy flew by in a blur — in part, because I didn’t even realize I was pregnant for the first three months — oops! But we couldn’t wait to meet her. It was all her big sisters could talk about. And baby Brooklyn didn’t disappoint; she is everything we’d hoped she’d be and oh so much more. In some ways, her birth was very similar to the others. In other…


The Power of Birth Photography

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 By Lanie Towsley

When my friend Kerri and I discussed the prospect of her taking photos of my labor and delivery with babe number two I was really on the fence. My first labor and delivery had been photographed by one of the doulas present, but for some reason I never wanted to look back at those photos. In my head, I was still self-conscious about what I had looked like during labor and especially during delivery — I was still somewhat uncomfortable with it. However, I know Kerri is a phenomenal photographer and eventually Nina was able to convince me that I…