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Early in the morning on Friday May 10, while most of you were sleeping, Valeria Johnson squatted beside her soft fluffy white bed and pushed out a beautiful baby boy. Justin, Val’s husband, helped midwife Sunshine “catch” this quickfalling little star, bringing him to Val’s chest as she sat back and looked surprised and agape at her hard won newborn son. When I arrived at Val’s house, she was laboring quietly, in a bathtub, with doula Phoebe and Justin nearby. They were so quiet and beautiful. They’d called because her contractions had been close together and getting stronger for several hours. I looked at her and knew: this was just a labor check. She was so serene, so peaceful, not even moaning, that birth was likely quite a lot of hours away… But then I remembered other young beautiful Hispanic moms who labored this way, stoic, serene… And I saw that the couple’s doula, Phoebe, was gracefully stroking Mom’s shoulders and back, shoulders and back, shoulders and back, with a warm massage oil. What would it feel like if someone massaged me that way? What would it be like if I was in labor and my body stayed THAT relaxed so that I could breathe and love my body into birthing?

All mom’s vitals were normal: Blood pressure, heart rate, temp., and baby’s heart rate sounded perfect. I could leave. But something – maybe all the moms I’ve seen before – made me stay. I remembered many moms I’ve seen who birthed their babies in this deep calm. I asked Valeria if I could check her dilation. I didn’t want to invade but I also wanted to see- was she close? Did I need to stay?

Valeria was 9 centimeters and her baby’s head was close. She was nearly ready to push her baby out.

And then she fell asleep.

For an hour or so. Sunshine and I smiled at each other and we closed our eyes too.

And then she woke up and pushed. And pushed. And pushed. And pushed. After nearly 3 hours of pushing like nobody’s business; pushing on the toilet and on the bed, squatting and lunging, pushing in the tub and beside the bed, a big head with a tiny hand balled up beside its chin was born. (Those little fists make pushing much longer!) And she was done.

Valeria – you were so very beautiful. We are always proud of ALL the moms we get to witness in their births. Thank you for letting us share your story. It is a testament to what is possible, what moms are capable of, what midwives support, and is just a beautiful beginning. THANK YOU.
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Early in the morning on Friday May 10, while most of you were sleeping, Valeria Johnson squatted beside her soft fluffy white bed and pushed out a beautiful baby boy.   Justin, Val’s husband, helped midwife Sunshine “catch” this quickfalling little star, bringing him to Val’s chest as she sat back and looked surprised and agape at her hard won newborn son.  When I arrived at Val’s house, she was laboring quietly, in a bathtub, with doula Phoebe and Justin nearby.  They were so quiet and beautiful.  They’d called because her contractions had been close together and getting stronger for several hours.  I looked at her and knew: this was just a labor check.  She was so serene, so peaceful, not even moaning, that birth was likely quite a lot of hours away… But then I remembered other young beautiful Hispanic moms who labored this way, stoic, serene… And I saw that the couple’s doula, Phoebe, was gracefully stroking Mom’s shoulders and back, shoulders and back, shoulders and back, with a warm massage oil.  What would it feel like if someone massaged me that way? What would it be like if I was in labor and my body stayed THAT relaxed so that I could breathe and love my body into birthing? 

All mom’s vitals were normal: Blood pressure, heart rate, temp., and baby’s heart rate sounded perfect. I could leave.  But something – maybe all the moms I’ve seen before – made me stay.  I remembered many moms I’ve seen who birthed their babies in this deep calm.  I asked Valeria if I could check her dilation.  I didn’t want to invade but I also wanted to see- was she close?  Did I need to stay?

Valeria was 9 centimeters and her baby’s head was close. She was nearly ready to push her baby out.

And then she fell asleep. 

For an hour or so.  Sunshine and I smiled at each other and we closed our eyes too.

And then she woke up and pushed.  And pushed.  And pushed. And pushed.  After nearly 3 hours of pushing like nobody’s business; pushing on the toilet and on the bed, squatting and lunging, pushing in the tub and beside the bed, a big head with a tiny hand balled up beside its chin was born. (Those little fists make pushing much longer!) And she was done.

Valeria – you were so very beautiful.  We are always proud of ALL the moms we get to witness in their births.  Thank you for letting us share your story.  It is a testament to what is possible, what moms are capable of, what midwives support, and is just a beautiful beginning.  THANK YOU.

 

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A beautiful writing and family 🙂 I fondly remember my own push and push and push story...our second son, fourth baby, third home birthed, second unassisted birth was born with a fist on his cheekbone...but to see that beautiful face made it all worth it. Congratulations to all! OneLove!

❤️❤️❤️ the beauty of home birth

Love the story and the hard work the sweet Mom put in for this life event! Congrats

What a beautiful story ❤️❤️ welcome to the world little one

Beautiful. I wish I could have had a birth like this one! Love this so much.

This is so beautiful.

Birth stories are just magical. They get me everytime. Thanks for sharing.

Fallen star making his way Earthside at the break of dawn 💫. May this be the norm. Returning to the ways of our grandmothers of generations before.

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So many options in labor. 💕
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#mothertomother #mothertomothermidwifery #laborpositions
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H/t: @sdbirthnetwork
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So many options in labor. 💕 
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#mothertomother #mothertomothermidwifery #laborpositions 
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H/t: @sdbirthnetwork

Too funny! 😆

Laura Clery
What is sleep ?
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Ishtar V

Yep, joys of Parenthood...💕

I love love love this. So true.

2 weeks ago

Mother To Mother Midwifery

Great tip!

SHEFit Physical Therapy: Sheri DeSchaaf, DPT
Hip pain at night part 2! The best sleeping position I have found (and most of my clients have agreed) to eliminate night pain with side sleeping. This position keeps pressure off the greater trochanter and bursa on the side of your hip, plus keeps the leg extended to minimize hip flexor tightness. Try it and comment with how you like it!!
#pregnancypains #painfreepregnancy #pregnancytips #pregnancyhacks #fitpregnancy
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Thanks for sharing! 😀