On July 3rd our lives forever changed, we were expecting. From the beginning I knew I wanted an un-medicated birth and not in a hospital. After discussing this with my OBGYN she informed me of the Bradley Method. It was a 12 week course that focused on preparing your mind and body for natural child birth through relaxation. It was through Janet, the instructor, that I became familiar with The Birth Center. Switching my care over to Ruth at The Birth Center was one of the best decisions I had made. Immediately Jason and I fell in love with the staff and facility and I knew this would be the place I would have my daughter. On Monday February 27th is when I started noticing changes in the way my body felt. I began to have sporadic cramping and contractions simultaneously. By the next day they had passed. I felt more energetic and active.
Knowing the birth of my daughter was drawing near; I made sure I kept myself busy. I went throughout the day just like any another day. Later in that evening, the cramps and contractions returned. This time they were more rhythmic and slowly became more intense as time went on. At 11pm we called Ruth to inform her of the situation. She told us tha our daughterwas on her way and to call her back when the contractions change. For the next two hours deep breathing, relaxation/concentration, and back rubs weremy best friends. Around 1 am is when I felt the shift in labor that Ruth was talking about. My contractions had becomemore intense, closer together, and lasting over a minute. It was time to meet Ruth at the birth center.
Due to the baby’s position, I felt the contractions in my lower back and with each contraction the more pain I felt. It became harder to focus and relax into each contraction and something needed to change. At this point Ruth suggested having sterile water injections in my lower back to ease the pain. After discussing it with Jason, I had the injections done. I had instant pain relief and I was able to relax and regain my focus on what was important. I also got into the tub until it came to a point where the help of gravity was needed to move labor along. Between laboring in the tub and the injections I was feeling really good. There were times when I had become so relaxed I fell asleep between contractions. Once out of the tub I pushed for about 45 minutes. Weighing 6 pounds Lillian Renee was born at 7:55am onFebruary 29, 2012. Having the opportunity to have my daughter at The Birth Center with Ruth, Jen, and Janet was well worth it. We both appreciated how their main focus was on mom and baby. The atmosphere of feeling at home made the experience a joyful one as well. I could not have asked for a better way to bring my little girl into this world. Thank you.