Adelaide’s Birth

Adelaide Maria July 10, 2017 Just six days ago, I experienced my fourth homebirth, and delivered our daughter, Adelaide Maria. Though I experienced only several hours of the intense pain of active labor and pushing, it is still very much in my memory! I can feel myself instinctively shying away from thinking about that pain. […]

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The Birth of Willow James

My birth story 💙 We had planned a home birth with baby number 6 (my 3rd biological) due to the convenience of having such a big family, not being impressed with my first 2 hospital births, and my difference of opinion when it comes to drs and child birth, and definitely when seeing the statistics […]

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Raela Jane

Follow this link to some lovely photos and a birth story!

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Caidan Slager

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The Birth of Megan Amanda

I was very surprised to go a week past my due date—a new thing for me. You think by Baby #4 you have it all figured out, but that was not the case! So I was good and ready and very happy to have a couple contractions on the evening of May 30th. I figured […]

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Khrestion Jeremiah

Soon after I found out I was pregnant, a friend told me she had a dream I was pregnant with a boy a few weeks prior to me finding out I was pregnant. During the pregnancy I had two other friends tell me I was having a boy and he would be prophetically gifted. (I […]

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Baby T

Here’s a great photographer’s blog and photos of a client’s birth. And here is the written accounting – to see the pictures you will have to click on the link. One surprisingly snowy day in early April, I drove north to Big Rapids to meet Meadow in the early part of her labor. It was the […]

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Tyven’s Birth Story

Tyven Marcel Knudsen 12/04/2015 Tyven’s birth story starts the same way as my previous two, with a few nights of false alarms. Playing the game of “when do I call the midwife?”. But, as with all three of my previous births, it became obvious quite quickly when I was actually in labor. I woke up […]

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VBAC! Theron David ~~ 11# 4 oz.

I chose to have a home birth because my previous experiences in a hospital setting left me feeling like I had failed. Like there had to be a better way. A better option than to feel bullied into major surgery based on the size of my baby via ultra-sound. My estimated due date was 3/21 […]

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The Birth Story of Violet June Miller

Pregnancy, for me, was a beautiful experience. I LOVED being pregnant, and with my first child, I anticipated a birth that would be just as beautiful as the months leading up to it. Of course pregnancy did come without some days of nausea and vomiting, but I considered it to be a blessing after having […]

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The Birth Story of Callie Jo Louise Carson

The birth story of  Callie Jo Louise Carson (from the doula’s perspective) On Tuesday, October 27th, Hannah contacted me to let me know that she was having some contractions, but nothing that was very close together or intense.  I went to work as scheduled and checked in with her again later that day.  There was […]

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A lovely birth in pictures!

Click on the link to see this birth in beautiful photographs! Summer Lee’s Birth Story – Pics

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Summer Lee

Being our 3rd baby I thought I’d be a little more patient leading up to the due date but realized quickly that it doesn’t matter how many children you have and how knowledgeable you are of the perfect timing…it is still SUPER hard to wait for your little one to arrive! A week and a […]

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Phoenix’s Birth Story

Here’s a link with pictures to go with the story, and the story only is below. http://organicmom617.blogspot.com/2015/07/welcome-phoenix-everett-his-birth-story.html Welcome, Phoenix Everett!! We were so excited to find out we were pregnant again right after we started trying because we knew we would get to work with the wonderful midwives at Full Circle for the 3rd time! […]

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VBAC after 2 Cesareans!

This woman is a former client, but moved to the other side of the state.  She gave me permission to share her great birth story! Here’s my vba2c birth story for Freddie: Tuesday May 5th: I was making breakfast at 8 am when my water broke! The fluid was clear. The rest of the day […]

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Birth Story

Elizabeth Singleton-Birth Story for August Cohen Singleton I was 39 weeks pregnant and woke up around 1:30 in the morning on 11/23/14 for the regular trip to the bathroom. Didn’t notice anything unusual until I laid back down and my lower back started to ache. For the next hour and a half I kept changing […]

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Shiloh Frederick Near's Birth Story

Shiloh’s Birth Story Thursday, February 5th, 2015, I woke at 5:20 a.m. with irregular contractions. It was a gorgeous day, bright sunshine all day long. The evening before, we had gone to prayer meeting, where I was very uncomfortable with contractions coming 7 minutes apart. These had subsided when I went to bed, however. By […]

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Nathan James ~~ Birth Story

“First I would like to say thank you to my midwives: Patrice Bobier, Laurie Zoyiopoulos, and Jennifer Holshoe. My Doula, Joy Looy (also my mother) and my husband! You were all a comfort and encouragement and I couldn’t have done it without you! THANK YOU!” Nathan James Birth story It was the night of October […]

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Hadley's Birth

  Birth Report Parent’s Name: Chad & Rachel Staudacher Baby’s Name & Birthday: Hadley Elise 10/12/2014 This Baby was our 3rd baby, and our 3rd home birth. Address: 1926 Summerset Dr, Muskegon MI 49442 Why did you choose to have your baby at home? Home birth was an obvious choice for our family. It meshed […]

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Kai-Lin's Birth

Birth Report Parent’s Names: Michael & Stephanie Chan Baby’s Name & Birthday: Kai-Lin Chan, October 10, 2014 This baby was your first baby and first home birth Why did you choose to have your baby at home? We chose to have our baby at home because we felt that our wishes for a natural, intervention […]

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Matthew's Birth

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BRINLEY'S BIRTH STORY!

Birth Report Parents Names: Breanna & Andrew Kulikowski Baby’s Name and birthday: Brinley Louise Nov 3, 2014  This baby was your first baby and your first home birth.  Address: 511 E Main Fremont, MI 49412   Why did you choose to have your baby at home? We choose to have our baby at home because […]

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Boden Adam Whitman

A Home Birth Story  Background: Despite living in St. Louis, we had made the decision to have our baby in Michigan during the summer of 2013 before we knew how the remainder of the year was going to play out.  I wanted to have continuous care with one provider the entire pregnancy and know who […]

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Sophie's Birth Story

Birth Report   Parent’s Names  Patti and Andy Skinner Baby’s name and birthday   Sophia Charles Skinner June 11, 2013 This baby was your     first   baby and your      first        home birth. Address   7182 Crescent Dr. Pentwater MI.   Why did you choose to have your baby at home? I chose to have a home birth because […]

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William's Birth Announcement

William Jacob Schmitt Born Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM  at Jana’s Parent’s Home in Michigan All is well – He’s already been to the beach twice – And has a nice tan to prove it! 8 lbs. 11 oz. 21 in. Thanks to all for prayers and well-wishes. Sam and Jana and Family […]

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April 18th, 2013 ~~ A day I will always remember

The day started off with me going to work a half hour early since I knew I had a doctor appointment that day with Dr. Gerard at his north side office location.  Appointments were 1:45p for the ultrasound and 2:30p for the regular checkup.  I was super anxious on this day for a couple of […]

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The Birth of Kate Marie

Noah & Dorothy Vandezande; Hesperia, MI; 3rd baby and 3rd home birth My due date was August 6th, but I had said for the last month of my pregnancy that this baby would be born August 8th and share a birthday with a cousin. August 7th I had a few contractions all day and they […]

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Soleil’s Birth Story

I had been having lots of Braxton Hicks all week and at night I had some cramping and could feel the baby moving down into my pelvis. Not a great feeling, but I knew it wouldn’t be long now. We had a prenatal appointment on Tuesday night and Dorothy confirmed that the head was settled. […]

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Birth story of my 4th child

 August 11, 2013 After two induced and one natural labor at the hospital we decided to have our 4th baby at home. The movie “Business of giving birth” had something to do with this too. I didnʼt have any doctor until I was 30 weeks pregnant. Thatʼs when I got in contact with Patrice Bobier […]

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Sophia Jane's Birth Story – God's Perfect Gift!

Our last family of 3 trip to Mackinac Island!  We went when we were pregnant with Sawyer too! 32 weeks pregnant. Family Love! 34 weeks pregnant. I can’t believe I get to write another birth story already!!!  Time flies…feeling very, very blessed! We were approaching our due date which was mentally hard knowing I went […]

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A VBAC in Pictures

       

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Abigail's Birth Report

Birth Report Parent’s Name: John & Angela Bridgewater… & big sister Lydia (2yrs.) Baby’s Name & Birthday: Abigail Faith, June 30th 2012 This was our 2nd baby and our 1st home birth. Why did you choose to have your baby at home? During my first pregnancy I took Bradley Method classes and was excited to […]

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Lucca

This lovely story was written by a woman I only had email contact with.  She lives in South America, but is from this part of Michigan.  She was considering coming back here for the birth, but then found a good birth team in Brazil. The birth of a blessed being by Heidi Jo Haughn Palma on Wednesday, […]

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Successful Homebirth After Multiple Cesareans

Successful Homebirth After Multiple Cesareans Tarrah Hernandez As I write this I am holding my newborn baby girl, she has never left her place of birth, but is already home. Her birth was a completely natural homebirth. My intentions of writing my birth story are not to convince other women into choosing my path as […]

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Birth Story

Birth Report Parents Name: Joselyn Fisher and Thomas Lyons Baby’s Name and Birthday: Daniel Thomas Lyons born 09.23.2012 @ 2:51am This baby was your first baby and your first home birth. Address: 1620 W. 104th St. Grant MI, 49327   Why did you choose to have your baby at home? Birth at home is natural. […]

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Chloe's Birth

Chloe’s Birth Story: Two weeks before Chloe’s birth I started having regular contractions.  They were getting closer together, but they weren’t very strong.  I was worried that my labor would go very fast and we wouldn’t make it to our birth house if we left later.  So we left.  Well, that wasn’t her birthday.  Ten […]

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A Favorite Quote From a Birth Story

Not my client, but another home birther in West Michigan: “The whole “natural childbirth” was something I had been afraid of. I mean, who wants to feel that kind of pain when you can do it pain free??? But I have to tell you, that moment, that I, without the help of a doctor, or […]

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Terra Hope

BIRTH REPORT Parent’s Name         Jeanna and Chris Baby’s name and birthday   Terra Hope Lamar  December 23, 2011 This was your    1st   baby and your   1st   homebirth. Address   11085 Southlawn Dr.  Stanwood  49346 Why did you chose to have your baby at home? We had been into natural health for a while so when we decided […]

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RYER JOHN DIRKSE, December 23, 2011

RYER JOHN DIRKSE December 23, 2011,  Matt and Kate Dirkse 2nd Child and 1st Homebirth Fruitport, MI   WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE YOUR BABY AT HOME: At 35 weeks I tested positive for Group B Strep and was told by my doctor that I would have to have IV antibiotics administered during labor.  […]

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Midwife means 'With Woman', but wait, there's more . . .

Written by Laurie Zoyiopoulos on March 4, 2011 Most folks would say that I “deliver” babies (though I like to say “catch”) and this is true, but it is a fraction of what I do….what this calling requires of me. The contrasts between the jobs within my calling are surprising to me and unknown by […]

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Maurice!

  Kate Heineman/Lee Henderson Maurice James Henderson 9/29/11 Why did you choose to have your baby at home? Knowing the inside story of the typical hospital birth, I wanted to opt out of all of it—any pain medication numbing me and affecting the baby’s ability to respond, the uterine augmentation, the hospital gown, an unfamiliar […]

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Louisa’s Birth

Is very sweet and worth looking at it. Enjoy!

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Korah Jane Gillhespy 8-13-11

Mitch and Jordyn Anes This was our 2nd baby and our 1st home birth  Fremont, MI 49412                 Early in the week I had been experiencing regular contractions which were not very strong and thought that my water had broken, by the end of the day my contractions had faded and hadn’t had any more gushing of fluid.  Then […]

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The Birth Story of Tyler James Vandezande

-Titus & Ashley Vandezande, 1st baby   I woke up on Saturday, July 23rd at 3:30am to go to the bathroom and decided that I wasn’t going to have the baby that day after all. I thought if I was I would have been in labor already. I was already three days past my due date. At […]

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Jane's Birth Story

When I first found out I was pregnant, I just assumed I would have another c-section, as I had for my other 2 girls.  I was not happy about it, but did not think I had many other options.  I spoke to my OB in Muskegon and she said I could try to go to […]

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Lucien's Birth – Pictures

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9/11 Remembrance ~~ Patrice Bobier, with Laurie Zoyiopoulos

I attended the Midwives Alliance conference at the World Trade Center in 1992 – a memorable experience in so many ways.  The Vista / Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, site of the conference, actually sat between the Twin Towers.  Merilynne Rush and I represented MMA, and roomed with Helen Jolly.  I had not been in […]

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Sawyer's Birth Story

When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, we decided to start praying about where the best place would be to deliver.  My husband is a Chiropractor and he has always wanted to have a homebirth, but I was quite fearful of the idea and always thought my first baby would have to […]

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About Anna's Birth

Baby’s Name and Birthday: Anna B. Brenneman                  July 11, 2011 Parent’s Name: Ben & Lydia Brenneman        1st baby Why did you choose to have your baby at home? Because our doctor who was going to do the delivery went on a vacation. Describe your labor and birth. I got up at 2:30 to go […]

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Birth Story in Pictures

Birth- In Pictures  

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Zoe's Birth

I first started feeling contractions around 5pm. I had just woke up from a nap. They were stronger than any I had had before and after the third one I decided it was time to start letting Jake know every time I had one. He started writing them down in his notebook. They came every […]

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Birth Story

In August of 2007 after finding out we were pregnant but shouldnt have been (on the pill) we were pretty excited! 3 months into it on October 16 we found out it was a (very rare) molar pregnancy (no baby but everything else) so I had to have surgery to remove it as it can […]

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Niah Renae's Birth

Birth Story I started having cramping and lots of tightening about one month before Niah was born and wondered if she’d actually come early. I was dilated to 3 cm and 70% effaced at the time of my due date. By the end of the week, on Friday, one week after my due date, we […]

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McKenzie's Birth

BIRTH REPORT Parent’s Name Jaramia and Jessica Becker Baby’s Name and Birthday McKenzie Lee Becker, March 7, 2011 This baby was your third baby and your first home birth. Why did you choose to have your baby at home? I’ll be the first to admit that home birth was THE FURTHEST option from my mind […]

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Skyla's Birth Story

BIRTH REPORT Parent’s Name: Kyle and Beckie Badge Baby’s name and birthday: Skyla Summer Badge, Born March 18 at 4:09 AM This baby was your 1st baby and your 1st home birth Address: 8541 Belvedere St. Sw, Byron Center, MI 49315 Why did you choose to have your baby at home? I always felt in […]

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A birth in pictures

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The Birth of Sylvia Sue

After having my first baby a few days before my due date, I was very unprepared to go ‘overdue’ this time. (SUCH a bad idea. Next time, I’ll be prepared!) It was only a couple days, but I was SO ready! Monday, November 1st, I cleaned my whole house again and washed my bedroom walls. […]

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The Birth of Salem Haddon

Salem Haddon Posobiec Born:  October 27th 2010 He has the same birthday as his mama! We also share the same birth weight 7lbs 14oz! 20 1/4 inches long Isn’t he sweet! For quite a few weeks I had those braxton hicks contractions.   It’s always a good sign when they start.  It means that the body […]

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Robby’s birth story. Home birth VBAC 8/6/2010

My water started leaking around 10am on Thursday morning. I wasn’t having any contractions yet so I decided to take the kids shopping for their school supplies since I realized that I wouldn’t be able to get there easily in the next couple of weeks with a newborn. I didn’t get too excited because I […]

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Colton's Birth Story

The decision to deliver at home followed a few interesting events. The biggest being that the hospital and doctor had some “serious” concerns about my birth plan where they felt many of the wishes listed would jeopardize the safety and health of the baby. I am not sure how an all natural birth with no […]

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The Birth of Donald Ray

It was an easy labor.  Easy, because I welcomed the ebb and flow of the contractions.  I  thought of how in yoga I breath deeper into each stretch with a long exhale and did this with the peak of each contraction.  I also found counting helped remind me how long I had to put up […]

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Brock's Birth Story

I’m writing this down for all of you and for my own record as well. I’m EXTREMELY thankful to report that this birth story should be significantly shorter than Levi’s. From beginning to end I was only in labor with Brock for 2.5 hours. AWESOME! If you remember, I was in labor for 2.5 days […]

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Magnolia's Birth in Photos

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Cole's Birth Story

Cole Andrew Blastic 3/11/07 at home When I became pregnant with our third child, I actually considered just going to our local hospital for a c-section because of the awful experience I had with the recovery after my second birth, a VBAC. But then I remembered that the recovery after the C-section wasn’t very enjoyable […]

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Isaac's VBAC Birth Story

Elizabeth Sandoval    Birth Story My first pregnancy ended as a cesarean and a total nightmare. It was the extreme opposite of what I had wanted: minimal intervention, liberty to move, continued consumption of liquids, and family participation. For my second delivery, therefore, I wanted to do all that was possible to have more control […]

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Morgan's Birth

Birth Report Parent’s Name: Chad & Christina Adams Baby’s Name: Morgan Xavier Adams Birthday: 6-16-2009 Weight: 10lbs. 6oz. This baby was our first baby and our first attempted home birth. Address: Francis Rd., Hesperia, MI Why did you choose to have your baby at home? After talking with another family that had had home births with Patrice years ago, we started researching […]

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The Privilege To Witness by Laurie Zoyiopoulos

Something I wrote a couple of years ago after a home VBAC….. Yesterday I was a midwife more than a baby catcher. Some think that the 2 are always the same, but I know that they are not. Most of the time I catch a baby as the mother pushes him out into my hands. […]

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Sova's birth

As I grew more round and ripe, I greeted my due date with anticipation that others lacked.  My son was born two and a half weeks past his due date.  So, with my second pregnancy others were more patient.  I trusted my body and how I was feeling, very ripe and ready. I lost my […]

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Amy's Birth Story

The Birth of Amy Rose On April 7th, I woke up at 11pm, after half an hour of sleep, to my first real contraction. Knowing the most important thing I could do in early labor was rest, I tried to go back to sleep. I was able to doze but contractions were every 10-20 minutes, […]

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Lydia's Birth Story

Lydia Grace Roberson’s Birth Story My estimated delivery date was June 1st. I’d been having tons of Braxton-Hicks contractions all through the pregnancy, and as May progressed, I didn’t really notice any additional changes in their frequency, as I had with my two other pregnancies. I had an appointment with Patrice at noon on May […]

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Naomi Hope's Birth Story

Naomi Hope Roberson’s birthday – 12/26/08 I had some false labor on Sunday, 12/20, which thankfully turned out to be nothing because there was another awful snowstorm that night. Nothing much happened for the next few days. We spent Christmas day at my parent’s house. I was really uncomfortable and felt lots of low pressure […]

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Theia's Home Birth

I am finally getting around to posting Theia’s birth story. I said over six months ago that I would do this, but haven’t felt very motivated till now since I knew it would take awhile. I’m sorry its so long. But not as sorry as I was at the time, I assure you. I had been having […]

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Ellie's Birth Story

The Birth of Ellie Kay  Here’s a little background on me: My first birth was a disaster. I was unnecessarily induced at 41 weeks because my doctor told me it was time to “get this baby out”, and I, being the naive first-time, trusting woman I was, believed her. After 4 doses of Cytotec (which […]

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Some birth stories from a Midwife's perspective:

Had 2 births yesterday. The first was a 2nd home birth.   SRM  Thursday morn, 10am.  Leaked clear fluid all that day and part of the  next.  Bloody show and a few contrx. early am on Saturday.  She just  went about her business – did the same thing with her first baby so  wasn’t the least bit concerned.  She’s never had […]

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Annabelle Sue's Birthday

Why did you choose to have your baby at home? I wanted to have a natural birth because I believe it is the best and safest for both the baby and Mom. The midwife I had for my first baby (in the hospital) retired. After doing research I felt it was safer to have a […]

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A Walk in the Park (or, Ingrid's Birth Story)

My Labor Day started pretty much like any other day on this babymoon, except I quickly noticed that my contractions were coming with something closer to regularity than they had thus far. But, this being our vacation and already having a busy day planned, I opted to ignore this fact. By the time we got […]

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Aria Dei's Birth Day

Aria Dei Cousineau Born into this world: May 23, 2008 12:29 A.M. 6 lbs 13 oz; 20 inches Her name (pronounced: Ahr-ee-uh Day) means “Song of God”. Big Sissy, Liberty, was a part of the entire home-birth and helped to “cut the chord” with Daddy. She can’t seem to hold or kiss Aria enough.. Daddy […]

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Maxwell Wallace Knowlton's Birth Story

This baby was our 2nd baby and 2nd home birth. Why did you choose to have your baby at home? I wanted to welcome him into the world with all of his family around, including his 5 yr. old brother Felix. I knew my wishes would be respected by the midwives; I felt no pressure, […]

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Reece Miles Birth Story

It started just after dinner, I was feeling what I thought were just Braxton hicks contractions but they were also causing some downward pressure, but I didn’t think too much about them, so we made ice cream and went to bed.  I also began to have blood tinged mucous.  After being woken up several times […]

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Josiah Evert Kortman's Birth-Day

We are tremendously thankful to our Father in heaven for the blessing of our new son, Josiah Evert Kortman, born Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 11:25pm. He weighed 8lb. 11oz. and measured 21″ long. Josiah, meaning ” God will save”, is named after the 16th king of Judah who followed God wholeheartedly despite previous kings […]

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Eliza's Birth Story

I had putzy contractions for a few days and all through my official due date of July 6. I went to bed that night with contractions that quickly became regular, though not painful or real close. Nevertheless I couldn’t sleep through them so I got Jessie up at two and we decided to go for […]

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Seth Michael Roberson’s Birth-day

Contractions started about 5pm on Thursday, December 21st. They started out a very regular 10 minutes apart, but they were certainly not strong. I didn’t even bother to call Patrice because I knew she’d say go to bed and try to rest. I continued to feel them all night long, but I did manage to […]

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Sydney's Birth-Day

I’m not even sure where to start. How about the beginning? Michel and I were mortified when we found out we were having a kid. A living, breathing human we would be responsible for for the rest of our lives. I just have to describe what a blessing everybody at Full Circle was during the […]

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Paul Henry Olson's Birth-Day

I awoke at 5:00am having contractions & thought this might finally be it!  They kept happening so I timed them at 5 minutes apart & called Patrice at 6:30 am to let her know this was the day!  I called Andy at work to let him know & he arrived home at 7:30.  The birthing […]

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Benjamin Peter Wilson's Birth-Day

I went into labor the evening of Aug. 16th.  We ate a late supper, rushed the kids over to grandma & grandpa Wilson’s for the night and waited.  I felt rushed & tense & was glad to have quiet in the house.  Contractions were about 10 min. apart, but I was up straightening & cleaning […]

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Simeon Robert Swanson's Birth-Day

I had expected to go post-dates as I usually have.  But my water broke 2 days before my due date.  I had a very few, mild contractions that night & next day.  My husband & I went to sleep the evening my water broke & worked on filling the birth tub in the wee hours […]

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Paul James Troyer's Birth-Day

I awoke at 2:00 am feeling the first contractions.  Waited an hour then woke David and soon called Patrice.  Nothing serious just to let her know.  Barb was here at 8:40 to check things out & left again.  Heather was here for awhile & got me situated sitting backwards on a chair with David rubbing […]

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Ava Moon Renna's Birth-Day

The labor and birth was amazing.  It was much better that I ever expected.  I had scattered light contractions throughout the day on the 15th starting after my appointment with Patrice.  I wasn’t actually even sure they were contractions, but I assumed they were because I had been bleeding since the 13th (we weren’t ever […]

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Baby Reed's Birth-Day

My water broke at about 1:30 a.m.  I was surprised at how much it gushed.  The thought that ran through my head was, if that much fluid is coming out that must mean that the babies head is not very low and this is going to take a long time.  I wasn’t having any pains […]

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Anna Joy Roberson’s Birth-Day

Our estimated delivery date was 10/16/03 (a Thursday). Mike, Levi (then 2 ½ yrs old) and I spent the evening walking through Home Depot and Meijer. I had been having lots of Braxton-Hicks and it felt good to think something might actually be happening. We went home about 10pm and slept peacefully all night. That […]

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