Trigger warning: sensitive topics, loud birth video. I wasn't sure if I was going to share this. It's a pretty intimate moment that evokes so many conflicting emotions for me. I have hesitated to share my birth story because I wasn't sure what I was going to share. I know many of you have seen the video of me dancing right before the birth of my fourth child. This wasn't that kind of birth. A lot had changed since the birth of my 4th child. I experienced the worst years of my life. Then I rebuilt myself new. I fought for my life and the lives of my children. I put my life and myself back together again, better than before. I married the love of my life, and while in the dreamiest honeymoon ever, we were gifted with Frankie. My pregnancy was so different from the others. It was uncomfortable, exhausting, and a mind bender. Stop and go labor began around 32 weeks. I was a nervous wreck. Alas, by the help of my midwife, and pure stubbornness, I held that baby in till his due date. The night prior to his estimated due date, contractions began while watching Game of Thrones. It was THE episode that shook us all. I labored through the night but I wasn't ready to call it labor yet. I eventually surrendered to the idea the next day around lunch. It was my due date. Throughout the afternoon on my due date, my team and all of my children arrived. everything turns to a blur for me. I was in a lot of pain. It was as if I had to experience and mentally process every trial and tribulation I had ever experienced as each wave it me. I felt like I was laboring against a brick wall. I remember telling Missi over and over that "something was in the way." I labored while walking around my house, in the shower, in the bed, and in the birth pool. Occasionally my contractions would taper off, and all it took was a kiss from my husband to bring them back. As I labored in the water, I screamed. I felt my heart pour out with every scream. I felt the baby move down with every scream. I felt myself break with every scream as I pushed this child bit by bit. *story continued in comments* p2 of video next post
Ever present God, You call us on a journey to a place we do not know. We are not where we're started. We have not reached our destination. We are not sure who we are or where we are. This is not a comfortable place. Be among us, we pray. Calm our fears, save us from discouragement, and help us stay on course. Open our hearts to your guidance so that our journey to this unknown place continues to be a journey of trust. Amen -The Reverend Canon Kristi Phillips, Women's Uncommon Prayers
Have you heard? I am expecting my fifth baby! Yay for babies! I will be on maternity leave from attending births April through July. You can still book placenta services, afterbirth support, lactation support, and private childbirth education. I will be taking this time to invest energy into some admin work for #adventbirth as well as further my certifications. I'm so excited about these upcoming transitions!
For those who haven't heard, I have some big news! Last week was such a beautiful time full of all around love. So grateful to have found such a sweet and loving partner. Complete with a name change: Que Omstead ❤ . 📷 @jasonhollandphoto
I am looking for 2 couples who are interested in trying out our new childbirth curriculum for Free. The dates will be October 21 and 22. 9am till 5pm. Lunch and snacks provided. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org