Birth and Postpartum Stories
as told by care providers
Embrace Midwifery & Birth Center,
Corina Hossle, CPM
“My favorite memories are always of women who overcome challenges, like Annie.
With her first pregnancy, she had pre-eclampsia, induction, epidural and lots of interventions that she had wanted to avoid and left her feeling disempowered and guilty.
She was traumatized by her first birth and cried at prenatals for months. We spent hours talking about nutrition, stress management, and releasing the grief and fear she held. She worked so hard to improve her health during this pregnancy. When her time came, she labored so beautifully and peacefully at home she almost didn’t make it to the birth center! Arriving at 9 cm, breathing calmly and swaying gently, she had an amazing, transformative, empowering birth. She breathed her baby out, unmedicated, and with all the grace and strength I knew she carried!”
See Baby, Dr. Brad Bootstaylor
“At 42 weeks and five days a baby was born, weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces, after a 72-hour labor. It involved an admission and discharge home (for an unchanging 3-4 cm dilated cervix), readmission, labor in water, epidural at 7 cm after about 18 hours, spontaneous water breaking, pea soup meconium, good fetal heart rate, Pitocin after 10 more hours, then little progress at 8 cm, 0 station. A Cesarean birth was recommended and agreed on, but the parents were heartbroken...
Wait, let me do one more exam... I told the couple, I believe this baby can be born vaginally.
You will need to push through your epidural while the cervix is massaged to full dilation. This exhausted, well-supported mother brought her baby to +3 station after 2 hours of pushing. Forceps assistance helped her cross the finish line, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.”
MyRVABaby, Dr. Janet West
“As a pediatrician, I rarely attend births anymore. I get to meet the new parents in the hours following delivery and I must say, they are all memorable.
I can recall one family in particular that really helped me see the value in parents recovering at home.
Baby Beazley was born at home after a difficult birth. The poor thing’s face was all bruised which put him at increased risk for jaundice and surely enough, he eventually required phototherapy, which I was able to provide at home along with daily visits to draw labs to check his bilirubin levels. It was a stressful time for the family even with my daily visits. This family lived about 30 minutes outside of the city and I couldn’t imagine that Mom traveling to the pediatrician daily for weight and lab checks.”
Kinds of Providers
Whether Nurse-Midwives, Professional Midwives or Traditional Midwives, generally, midwifery care looks at birth as a natural process that doesn’t need any or much intervention, and spends a lot of time with parents on individualized care.
Obstetrician/Gynecologists, or OBGYNs, are specially trained to handle birth complications. Their care tends to involve more monitoring and interventions when labor doesn’t go as expected. Because of this, their care is best for high-risk pregnancy and birth.
Family physicians are trained to care for whole families, and some include birth services. They often have deep, trusting relationships with patients, and are equipped for low-risk pregnancy and birth.
Pediatricians are trained to care for children from birth to foster and maintain health and give medical care in the event of any illness. They help prevent, detect, and manage physical, behavioral, developmental issues and more.