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The Birth of Cruz

By on May 26, 2010 in Birth Center Birth, Blog, Featured Birth Story, Unmedicated, VBAC | 0 comments

Our featured birth story for today is from a fellow Austin photographer, Mariah Milan. Be sure to check her out! Birthday:  03/04/2010 Photos by Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography Where did you give birth? In a birth center Was your birth medicated or unmedicated? Unmedicated, VBAC, Waterbirth Is this your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc child? 3rd Who attended your birth? Nurse, Midwife Overall, are you happy with your birth experience? My birth experience was incredible and amazing!!! The day started out with the excitement of my son Kai Boy’s first day of preschool. We got lunches and extra clothes ready in the morning for both Ry and Kai and then Gams helped me get both kids to school. On the way to the playground, I felt a little gush of fluid and figured I’d had a tear. So my midwife asked me to come up to be checked out. She figured that perhaps it was mucus and not amniotic fluid, but a check under the microscope proved that there was fluid and I had to stay at the birth center and start antibiotics since I had tested positive for Strep B. Since there was a tear in the sack, we had to get labor going because “P3” had 24 hours to get out or I’d have to go to the hospital (for risk of bacteria getting in the sack). The labor journey began with me by myself at the birth center attached to an IV getting antibiotics. Contractions hadn’t yet started and I was feeling a little nervous, but my midwife, Roswitha said she had some tricks up her sleeve and something was going to work to get labor going! Gams picked up both kids from school and stayed with them while Peter drove up to the birth center after he woke up (he works a graveyard shift and sleeps all morning). We got settled into our room and Roswitha started me on some herbs and then hooked me up to a breast pump to stimulate contractions. Contractions started out slowly but then got stronger. The big contractions began at 6:20pm and they were very intense. My favorite place to labor in the beginning was sitting on...

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