walking inn the moonlight

Walking in the Moonlight

It was the weekend of December 12, 2009, the coldest weekend of the year, and we were moving into our new home – I was 39 weeks pregnant. We were planning a home birth for number three so I was relieved to be settling into our new “nest” prior to her arrival. Just as in the past, my due date …

wonders of a womans body

Wonders of a Woman’s Body

I was always fascinated by the woman’s body; its beauty and ability to create life.  I wondered how I would handle childbirth.  I knew I wanted a big family.  My mind was set on having kids early to make sure I was at my healthiest.  For reasons out of my control my plans fell through and probably for the better.  …

the strength in birth

The Strength in Birth

The pink figure flying towards us down the corridor was motioning wildly. Somewhere deep within I knew that the action must be directed towards us but she seemed, at that moment, utterly irrelevant. My husband and I were walking slowly into the hospital as I laboured.  At each contraction, now very close together, he would kneel as I paused and …

sliver of courage

A Sliver of Courage

I had never given too much thought to birth. Until my husband and I decided to start a family and I became pregnant. Then birth was all that I could think about. To state it lightly, I was terrified. In my own slightly perfectionist way, I worried that I wouldn’t be “good” at birth. The imagined worst case scenario would …

Harlow

The Story of Harlow

When my husband Dustin and I decided we wanted to start a family, we were faced with a very difficult truth:  I have polycystic ovarian syndrome which would make it almost impossible to get pregnant without intervention.  I was devastated, but Dustin, being the constant optimist that he is, knew we would get through it whatever the outcome. With the …

Cedars Incredible Birth

Cedar’s Incredible Birth

This birth story starts before we even knew we were pregnant. In July 2009, Dalen and I decided that we would start trying for another little one. We knew, based on our history, it hardly meant that we would see a positive pregnancy quickly. At the end of August medical tests confirmed I was pregnant. The numbers weren’t rising as …

Lake’s Water birth

Lake’s Waterbirth

Some moments of Lake’s birth are very clear to me still, some are very vague, some time frames are unclear as they seemed to be racing by, but nobody was watching a clock.   On January 4th I woke up with contractions that seemed to be gathering steam. The contractions faded throughout the afternoon and then stopped. I had contractions and …

A Winter Birth

A Winter Birth

My fourth little one was born at home. She was my first home-birthed baby. My first was a c-section due to breech, my second and third (twins) were a breech hospital vbac. With baby four, we decided to go with midwives for the personal relationship and their acceptance of our desire for a natural birth. When the time came, our …

curve

A Curve Ball

After I married my husband, I often imagined what our future would be like together. I pictured what our home life would be like. A steady stream of chaos with kids going to and fro, countless activities, gadgets littered about the yard, leaving no question to onlookers that kids were being raised there. I thought of what my husband would …

Twin Birth

Twin Birth of Isaiah and Elijah

My pregnancy test was negative. I asked my mom what could be wrong with me as I had to pee all the time! She looked me straight in the eye and said, “It is because you are pregnant with twins.” I assured her I was not and asked for other suggestions to determine the cause of my new discomfort. She …