There’s a first time for everything. Sometimes midwives miss births, sometimes they *almost* miss births, and sometimes…. Well, you’ll have to listen in to hear the odd in-between!
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- Cierra is a Le Leche League Leader who love supporting parents in breastfeeding.
- Cierra’s first pregnancy ended in miscarriage weeks after she thought she was in the “safe zone”
- Cierra never forgets the compassion of the OB that was on call when she learned that her baby had passed. She gave her a massive hug and support in a time of need.
- The “at least” comments are so painful to the grieving parent
- Second pregnancy was several months later—this time there was less jubilation, more “survival mode”
- Cierra opted for an epidural, which she says began the “cascade of interventions”.
- The delivery was very difficult, requiring forceps.
- The next birth was much faster, and she had a baby at a hospital-based birth center.
- On the way to the birth center, as Cierra was very far along, she said, “THIS IS WHY PEOPLE HAVE HOMEBIRTHS”
- Their baby was born only 30 minutes after arriving
- With their third baby, it was easy to decide to have a homebirth
- Cierra’s midwife helped her as she decided to stop tandem nurse during the pregnancy of her most recent baby.
- Cierra experienced prodromal labor with this pregnancy
- Cierra is laboring on the tub. She stood up to walk to the birth pool, but as she stood, she felt that her baby was coming immediately.
- Her third baby “birthed herself”—fetal ejection reflex!
- The bathroom was dark, and nobody could see. Everyone thought the baby was about to be born…..
- The baby had already been born! She caught herself on the toilet seat.
- There was a true knot in the cord
- Cierra’s midwife said, “I’ve missed some births, and I’ve almost missed some births. I’ve not missed a birth right in front of me before.”