6 months have already passed and I still can’t stop giving accolades to my experience with Full Bloom Midwifery. Kei and Jenna were the perfect match for my husband and I with the birth of our first child. We were initially planning a hospital birth, but after much consideration we decided to try for a home birth. We are SO glad we did. Kei and Jenna were patient and supportive of all the questions we had, and they were able to provide us with everything we needed to feel secure during our experience. Initally my husband was quite worried with the “what if’s” of a home birth, and by the end of our experience he was ready to tell the world how happy he was we had our baby at home. It was a loving, bonding experience that allowed us to feel strong and capable.
I was relieved to find that they had a birthing tub I could use (and boy did I, that was the best place for me to labor!) and my husband felt safe and trusting with them enough to actually take some naps during my labor, which was very much appreciated.
My labor was very long, over 40 hours, but was never stressful. I appreciated each step and even took the opportunity to bake a birthday cake! I had taken some prenatal yoga classes which I feel helped me be grounded and present for the experience. A couple of times I stopped and thought “If I were in the hospital, when would they be offering me pain medication or pitocin and would I want it?” I never felt that I did want pain medication, nor pitocin. I felt connected to my baby, and knew that this was her show. When she was ready, she would appear. I was just there to go along for the ride and surrender to the experience. I was prepared to go to the hospital if it seemed like we had complications, but we didn’t.
We had a couple of “false alarms” when my labor started…such as calling Kei and Jenna at 3:30am a full day before I actually had the baby. We thought we were in transition, but it was still pre-labor. I thought I would feel apologetic and embarassed for having made the wrong call, but I didn’t. Kei and Jenna arrived, checked me, and hung out all day until we realized I wasn’t progressing. We had them go home again until we were sure it was time for the baby to arrive. What an experience! Laboring in the birthing tub was awesome. It helped relieve my pain, and made me feel weightless and relaxed. My husband and I bonded even more with one-another. By the time we finally called Kei and Jenna again, we only had about an hour until our baby was born. The actual labor and pushing went very quickly. I thought it would hurt if I tore, but it didn’t.
My husband and I felt so supported and taken care of during the birth of our baby we really couldn’t have had a better experience. Does labor hurt? Sure. Is it tiring? Sure. But would I have done it any other way than at home? Not unless I had to.
Thank you Kei and Jenna! You are doing our community a tremendous experience and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Cynthia, Vinnie and Lena
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Certified nurse midwives are health care providers trained in two disciplines (nursing and midwifery). We provide health care for women which includes, preconception counseling, prenatal care, labor attendance and support, postpartum care, normal gynecological services, assistance with contraception, health care maintenance, and health care during menopause.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics in 1994, nurse midwives attended the births of more than 200,000 babies.
Midwifery care offers women and their families an avenue to view their pregnancy and birth as a healthy normal process instead of a medical event. Physicians are trained in medical school to look for pathologies and treat them. Most pregnancies and births are not pathological, but rather a natural unfolding of the growth of a baby. Midwives support women through this normal journey into parenthood and have better outcomes for moms and babies than physicians, even when comparing low-risk women cared for by certified nurse midwives to low-risk women cared for by MDs. Midwives are less likely to: use continuous monitoring of fetal heart tones during labor, induce or augment labor, utilize epidurals, or perform episiotomies. For more information about nurse midwives visit the American College of Nurse Midwives.
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Your Baby Will
*be getting the best nutrition available
*have a stronger immune system
*have lower risk of leukemia, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease
*be leaner in life
*have fewer ear infections
*facilitate a stronger bond with your baby
*have lower risks of breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers
*lose weight faster
*avoid the inconvenience and expense of formula (over $1,000 during the first year)
* be less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life
*know you are providing the best, most natural food possible for your baby
Visit: La Leche League for more breastfeeding information and support
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Full Bloom Midwifery provides
- Prenatal Care
- Labor Support
- In-hospital labor support
- Water birth
- Postpartum care
- Childbirth education
- Breastfeeding counseling
- Well-women care
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