The Midwives

Four weeks ago today, we gave birth in our very own home. The thought of doing this two years ago had never crossed my mind. I had known one or two people who had had a home birth and respected them greatly, but thought it was something I would never do. Well, as I’ve shared previously here, we truly grew in our knowledge and understanding of labor and birth within the last year and a half. Through friends here in Gainesville, we decided to explore for ourselves the idea of having a home birth.

We were introduced to the Midwives Cooperative and got to meet with 3 wonderful Midwives and being asking our personal questions regarding home birth. Through that “interview” process, we selected two Midwives for our 4th baby’s birth, Donna Rarey and Jessica Stevenson. They both came to all the appointments, which were in our very own home, which was very convenient for Ian to be present as well as the children to actively participate (they helped find the baby’s heartbeat several times!).

Over the weeks and months, we truly were blessed getting to know Donna and Jessica… they were so relaxed and we observed every time we saw them that they really enjoy what they do! They love nurturing women and encouraging them as they journey through pregnancy… answering questions, fears and insecurities. Now, after experiencing a home birth, I have seen the two of them in action! I shared the birth story here, but I didn’t share much about the Midwives. There was just so much I wanted to share about them!

During my labor (which was in the middle of the night), they literally snuck in and allowed Ian and I to continue working through contractions. They busily set up the birth pool, but it was as if they weren’t even there… they weren’t telling me what to do or instructing me to move here or there. After 3 hospital births and many nurses and doctors telling you what to do, how to do it, where to do it, it was amazing to have my own experience and they simply came along and supported that experience! Both Donna and Jessica came and encouraged me through words and touch as the intensity of the contractions increased and as Joy’s arrival neared, they gathered everything that would be needed for her as soon as she came out. But they did this all in our environment, with low lights, candles going, etc… I can only imagine how every birth experience they support is so different, yet similar as they welcome new life into the world. They adjust and come alongside with such grace and gentleness as well as confidence and knowledge. Midwives are truly amazing and I and I both are honored to have had Donna and Jessica deliver our precious little Joy!

The other thing that is wonderful about our Midwives is how they truly care about us and call to check on us after, come and visit 2 days after the birth and again at 2 weeks. It’s now been 4 weeks since Joy Elizabeth’s birth, and we have missed seeing Donna and Jessica! What genuine hearts they have. Below is a picture of both of them stamping Joy’s feet at 2 weeks of age. Thank you to all Midwives who are passionate about women having healthy pregnancies and home births!

Donna & Jessica preparing Joy Elizabeth's foot for stamping!

Donna & Jessica preparing Joy Elizabeth's foot for stamping!

Joy Elizabeth having her feet imprinted by Donna (right) & Jessica (left)

Joy Elizabeth having her feet imprinted by Donna (right) & Jessica (left)

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