Camye. I’ve used a Midwife for all three of my births and couldn’t have imagined doing it any other way. From my first prenatal appointment 6 years ago, I knew seeing a Midwife was for me. I felt valued, respected, and (most importantly) loved. I looked forward to my 30-45 minute monthly appointments and always left with the biggest smile. I was given wise advice and began to trust them with my (and my baby’s) life.
I can describe all of my births with one word: empowering. Although I know my midwives would disagree, I contribute much of my positive birth experience to them. I was guided, encouraged, comforted, and loved throughout each of my labors. My midwife protected my body from unnecessary medical procedures and tearing. Her wisdom helped me turn my baby to birth and have a quick labor. I had no idea my body could do something so powerful and I had NO idea I could handle something so overwhelming. As a first time mom (who showed up at the hospital way too soon), my Midwife never made me feel rushed. She was careful to protect my surroundings, keep the room calm, follow my birth plan, and involve my husband (who was scared to death)!
There’s always been a thought in the back of my head that I would really enjoy helping other women experience the same joy I had in pregnancy and childbirth. I’m not talking about the joys of backaches, excessive amount of trips to the bathroom, hemorrhoids, and heartburn. I’m talking about the joy of being supported, encouraged, loved, and respected with one of life’s most precious moments. Maybe a future calling for me? I’m not sure, but I do know that I feel so passionate about my birth experiences that I can’t help but tell other moms so they might be able to experience it too.
It takes about 1 month to forget the discomforts of pregnancy and about 2 months to forget the pain of childbirth, but you’ll never forget the birth of your children. I’ll never forget my Midwife’s words as I pushed on my hands and knees, “you are birthing beautifully.” Birth is a beautiful thing and my Midwives treated each of my births that way.