Dorothy M.

MY BIRTH STORY…

After 2 highly “invasive” pregnancies, I decided if I ever became pregnant again I would seek out a place where I could birth my baby naturally.  Upon finding out the news that I indeed was pregnant again I sought out a nurse midwife in the hospital where I had given birth before.  Upon explaining my desires for a natural unmedicated birth she smiled and told me that once a woman has an induction she is usually unable to handle anything else. She was very pushy about all prenatal testing because I am in my early 30s.  She also kept referring to my option to terminate the pregnancy should there be a problem which was very offensive to me as we believe that each child is a special gift from God and is therefore meant to be!
 
Finally through a series of events we decided that I would travel from our midwestern home to South Carolina and stay with my parents throughout the final months of my pregnancy and use a birthing center which are unheard of in our hometown area.  Upon arrival and checking out the different options we “fell in love” with Linda and Amy and even though they were a good hour and a half away decided they were the ones we would use.  I had always dreamed of a water birth and their center had the perfect setup!  Because of my previous experiences with birth which had included preterm labor, steroids for the babies etc. we made 4 (yes 4!) trips to the center which ended up being false alarms.  I was always treated with the utmost care and respect and never felt stupid at each “event”.  When the real thing came along we almost did not make it in time, but God indeed is good! Our beautiful precious perfect baby girl arrived a mere 17 minutes after we arrived in the water as I had hoped.  We spent a few hours there adjusting and making sure everything was ok then were back in our own comfortable home setting right at 6 hours after we left and before our older children awakened.  I will always treasure this event as a dream come true and will continue highly recommending these two wonderful midwives who help it all happen!

 
Dorothy M.