Guest post: Lillian hazel’s birth story.

Juli and Jeremy are good friends of mine. Ironically the day I was leaving a birth at Good Sam, I got the text from Juli that Lillie arrived! I ended up stealing a few minutes of snuggle with the little miss before I walked out since I was already on that floor! And since I had my camera, I snapped a couple pics. She was SO tiny and cute! I was absolutely thrilled when Juli told me she had a successful natural birth. We had just talked about it at her baby shower and I 100% believed she had the power to do it. I am so proud of her and her strength. Especially on the Pit, that’s hardwork! Good for you mama, well done! Love, Melanie.

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April 24th, 2013

As I sit here and look at my beautiful 3 week old baby girl and think that today, May 14th, is my original due date, I can’t imagine these past 3 weeks without her…

It all started on Monday April 22nd.   I went in for a regular weekly checkup, and my blood pressure was very elevated.  The doctors had been monitoring my blood pressure throughout my pregnancy and it was fine through most of the pregnancy.  However during the last month, it was progressively getting higher at every appointment.  That Monday it was really high, so they moved me to high-risk pregnancy and scheduled some tests to check on my baby girl.

Tuesday April 23rd I had a non-stress test and an ultrasound.  The baby performed wonderfully during the non-stress test so I was feeling good going into the ultrasound.  But the ultrasound didn’t go as planned… My amniotic fluid was really low and then they checked her weight.  She was smaller than they thought she should have been at this point.  The doctor said that at this stage, 37 weeks, she would be healthier out than in so they sent me straight up to be induced.  I immediately broke down….this wasn’t in my plans!!… So while my mother tried to get a hold of my husband, I tried to pull myself together to go have this baby girl!

By 4 o’clock that afternoon I was being checked into a high-risk delivery room.  By 4:30 they were inserting a dose of cervidil into me to start to soften my cervix.   At this point I was barely 1 cm dilated and I knew I had a long night ahead of me.

At 10 pm Tuesday night the doctors were back to check on me…. Only one and half cm dilated… So they inserted another dose of cervidil.  All the while I’m hooked up to monitors and have my blood pressure checked every hour to make sure baby girl and I are still doing good.

2 am Wednesday morning the doctors were back in …In my head I’m thinking please, please, please, let me be at least 3 cm.. Unfortunately, that was not in the cards.  I was just barely 2 cm and I mean just barely… And boy was I tired at this point and hadn’t even started real labor.

So the doctors had to make a call- do they insert a balloon in my cervix to help soften and dilate or do they just start me on pitocin? Neither option I liked but I didn’t have much choice- I just wanted my baby girl out safely.

They choose to begin the pitocin…so by 3 am I was checking into a labor and delivery room, and immediately started doing some of my yoga moves… I needed to relax! Once they had me hooked to up an IV and the pitocin started…It was another waiting game.  I continued to do yoga stretches and just tried to stay relaxed.  My contractions had definitely started to kick in but they were manageable.  Every half hour the nurses were in to check my blood pressure and to increase the dosage of pitocin.  At 6 am the doctors came in again to check my progress…and I was only 3 cm.  At this point they broke my water to get things moving AND that worked…the contractions kicked in full force…coming on fast and strong.  My contractions were so strong I kept thinking I can’t do this natural I’m going to need an epidural.  They had given me a narcotic to help ease the pain, but to be honest it didn’t even touch the pain I was in.  My contractions were about 2 min. apart and lasting about a min and a half, I was only getting about 30 sec. rest in-between, which wasn’t enough to even catch my breath.  My husband was wonderful throughout all this I wouldn’t have made it without him…he was my strength.

I am not sure how much time had passed, felt like no time at all but I was yelling to my nurse, who was wonderful as well, that I needed to push.  She called the doctor to get the ok to check me and before I knew it she was telling me that if I needed to push go ahead because I was 10cm and full effacement.  There was no time for an epidural now, which was great cause that’s what I had wanted all along!!  By 8:20 am Lillian Hazel Kiefer was born at 4lbs 10oz and 17 ½ inches long!  And as my husband likes to tell it, when she came out the doctor spun her to unwrap the cord around her and she unfolded like a flower!

I’m not sure that I’ve ever caught a smile on a baby only a few hours old!

 

Dawn Broxterman - May 16, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Julie – your angel is beautiful! Congrats to you and your husband. You will love being a mother and I know you will be a / are a great one!

a beautiful beginning: Liam Miles’ birth story.

Jason and I have been good friends for quite some time. When I found out he was expecting his first baby, I was thrilled for him since I knew how much he had wanted kids. Then I was even more thrilled when Liz asked me to be part of the big day. She also knew I could act as part of her support system toward her goal of going natural. Towards the end of pregnancy the doctor was concerned with the weight and size of the baby’s head. After seeing Jason and his bobblehead as a toddler, it certainly wasn’t out of the question. Because of the “giant head” threat, she went in for an induction Sunday night. She sloooowly progressed all day Monday. Then barely into the night I got the call to come up, she was 7-8cm. By that time she was exhausted, settled in with her epidural that she accepted after the pit took it’s nasty toll on her, and frustrated at the fact she was barely progressing. More hours passed and the threat of C Section was being tossed around, which after all that work, it’s the last thing a mama wants to hear. (Esp when you had planned on no interventions!) Once she was finally almost complete, the Dr had her start pushing to rid the lip of cervix left. The baby was back and forth posterior (which often causes the delay in progressing and lingering lip of cervix) and he decided forceps was the only option to clear that pubic bone. If you’ve had a posterior jerk of a baby, then you know pushing is no joke. They promised the baby all sorts of awesome things in his future, like a car! If he didn’t come out immediately, he was definitely grounded til at least one. Let me tell ya, she was thankful to have had that epi at that point, even as a spectator, I can assure you that. I did learn that forceps apply more force to the mother than baby, which is very reassuring when watching a Dr battle with the moms pubic bone to get the babe out. Though he had a rough delivery, all 8.12lbs 21 1/4″ of him is adorably squishy and handsome. Oh and by the way, his head was big. So big, it was the largest that particular nurse had ever measured! HA! Congrats you two! Ecstatic for you!!(Jason went to CCM and is a fantastic bass player. So it’s natural for them to have picked out this classical piece.)

Love, Melanie.

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luci - May 16, 2013 - 5:34 pm

gorgeous baby. i am not surprised, the parents are beautiful. you are goign to be an excellent father jason! you have always had such a beautiful soul! xo. your old friend!

a beautiful beginning: avalon luna’s birth story.

I really did not know what to expect when I arrived to Amy’s birth in the wee hours of the night because this was the first time I’ve shot a birth without meeting the mama first. This baby was Amy’s 4th (and last) child, as well as her 4th homebirth, so she decided really last minute to have the birth documented and there was no time to meet beforehand. What I arrived to was a huge, gorgeous old house with a beautiful, peaceful birthing mama & her birth team inside. You could tell this was not Amy’s first time because she was so in tune with her body and knew exactly what to do every step of the way.

She even smiled through the pain when her 17 month old who was sleeping in the next room decided to wake up and see what was going on. It was so cute to see Amy chatting with Sophia and telling her she was going to be a big sister as she labored in the tub. Once things starting getting intense, the teenagers woke up to take care of Sophia and managed to get her back to sleep right before the baby was born. Right around 5am or so, Amy stood up and calmly said her water broke. Within minutes, she let out a few loud moans and little Avalon (Ava) Luna was in her arms! Such a seamless, peaceful birth!

While the midwives prepared her herb bath & Amy’s oldest daughter made her breakfast, Amy & Dave soaked in their precious new daughter. Baby Ava weighed in at 8.4lbs and was 21″ long. Once she finished her eggs & toast, Amy enjoyed her bath and then snuggled up in bed for some well earned rest & cuddles with her new baby. Too bad every birth can’t be this easy & comfortable!

Congratulations Amy & Dave & big sibs! I’m so glad you made the last minute decision to have me there:)

Love, Kelly

Alla Bozarth - May 13, 2013 - 4:23 am

Oops, Alla can’t count! I meant six, not five, as corrected below to include Grandmother Lora and others also . . .

Dear Amy, David, Ava, Sophia, Morgan and Gabriel~
I send you the blessings of awestruck tears in harmony with your labor, Amy, your mother wisdom and father and daughter and son wisdom, in the awesome miracle you have made together~ overcome with the sheer power and beauty of this miracle, my love pours over you with tenderness and gratitude. May the life you are making and the lives you are sharing continue to be a gift to all creation and a joy to the six of you! All seven with Grandmother Lora . . . and perhaps there are fur family members, too (and will be more with Maggie as nanny dog helping the whole family), or swimmers or feather folk . . . and the trees around your house. Blessings to All.

A Birthfeast Blessing
for Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit~

May the dawn light of the East
Enlighten your intellect

May the noon light of the South
Illuminate your passion

May the soul fire of the West
Strengthen your aspirations

May the night light of the North
Star-bless your inspiration

Alla Renée Bozarth
Love’s Alchemy and
The Frequency of Light
Copyright 2013

Lyndall and Tom Johnson - May 13, 2013 - 2:36 am

CONGRATULATIONS and much love to you all and very big welcome to Avalon Luna – may her life be blessed and showered with love and light always.

Alla Bozarth - May 12, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Dear Amy, David, Ava, Sophia, Morgan and Gabriel~
I send you the blessings of awestruck tears in harmony with your labor, Amy, your mother wisdom and father and daughter and son wisdom, in the awesome miracle you have made together~ overcome with the sheer power and beauty of this miracle, my love pours over you with tenderness and gratitude. May the life you are making and the lives you are sharing continue to be a gift to all creation and a joy to the five of you!

A Birthfeast Blessing
for Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit~

May the dawn light of the East
Enlighten your intellect

May the noon light of the South
Illuminate your passion

May the soul fire of the West
Strengthen your aspirations

May the night light of the North
Star-bless your inspiration

Alla Renée Bozarth
Love’s Alchemy and
The Frequency of Light
Copyright 2013

Lora - May 12, 2013 - 12:33 am

These and the music are SO beautiful. Thankyou for taking such beautiful pictures of my newest grandchild.

Steph Goetz - May 10, 2013 - 11:36 am

I ADORE this slideshow! What a neat family. Beautiful shots. Love the last one in particular. I’ve watched it a million times!