Our experience at The Birth Center was AMAZING! With this being our third and last child we wanted to try an “alternative” birthing process. Being referred to The Birth Center by a friend was a Godsend.
My labor began at home around 2:00am on October 18, 2011. I was able to stay at home for the first part of my labor until 5:00am. When my husband, 11 year old daughter, 9 year old son and I arrived at The Birth Center I was at 9 centimeters. That was when the contractions became more intense. My husband was right there so I could squeeze his hands through each one. What worked best for me was standing and breathing through my contractions. I personally couldn’t find any other comfortable position even though the staff offered many with multiple devices. It was very peaceful at The Birth Center with minimal noise and dim lights. Ruth, Jen and Christa were very supportive with their words of encouragement and willingness to help in any way they could.
After 1 ½ hours it was time to get into the water. Ahhhhh, what a wonderful feeling that was! The warm water was very soothing and helped relieve the pain of my back labor. During the contractions I was able to kneel and squeeze the side of the soft tub. My son Kyle was so precious going in and out of the room bringing me ice water. My daughter Brianna watched the whole entire birthing process along with my mother and two friends. It was great how the staff included and engaged with the whole family. When it was time to push I sat up with my back against the tub and gave four really good pushes. When Kadin Lee emerged at 7:16am he was immediately brought to my chest where I could see he had 10 fingers and 10 toes. He was so peaceful and barely cried. We contribute this to the atmosphere of The Birth Center.
It was nice to be able to move from the water to the bed in the same room where they completed the birthing process and even had my husband cut the umbilical cord all while Kadin laid peacefully on my chest. After a mere 4 hours following the birth and some attempts at breast feeding, our family of five was on our way home. My recovery time was much quicker than my previous two natural child births in a hospital. I do believe my son Kadin is such an amazingly peaceful baby because he was born in an amazingly peaceful environment. Many thanks to The Birth Center for the extraordinary experience we will never forget.
-Holly, Ricky, Brianna, Kyle and Kadin