Naomi’s Story

I’ve always wanted to have a natural birth. Never did I think that I would want it at home and in water. My first two children were born in the hospital. My doctor was amazing and knew exactly what I wanted… No Epidural. The first was work. Three days in labor and I was induced. So, I got the Epidural to help me thru the last day. The second was great. I was at home for the first 7 hours of labor and then I went to the hospital for the other 7. All was great at home, blood...

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James's Story

I knew before becoming pregnant that I wanted a home birth. Knowing myself, I knew that a hospital was not going to be the relaxing and calm environment I was envisioning. We met with a friend of a friend who had a home birth and referred us to her midwife. I contacted April and set up a meeting with her. Brian and I knew from that first meeting we wanted April on our birth team. My pregnancy was easy. I know that’s not how most people describe it, but for me it was. I didn’t have...

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Jack’s Story

Before I even became pregnant my husband, Nathan, and I wanted a non-medicated, natural, home birth, but I did not want to make ‘a mess’ in my bed. The thought of having to clean everything up after I delivered the baby help us make the decision to choose a midwife who practiced at a hospital. April was perfect . . . I know from the moment we meet in the office that I did not need to look any further.

I had a perfect pregnancy until I went to my 31 week appointment where April...

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Gavin Neely’s Story

Dear Gavin,

This is the story of your birth. I will tell it as best as I can remember. In my mind I can picture it clear as day because it is the day where my world opened up and I found my purpose. It was Saturday, March 1st and daddy and I were out and about all day running errands. We went to visit your grandpa Cal at work to pick up tickets to the local Nascar race (your daddy thought he was going to the race the next day…you had a different idea). We also went to Target (of...

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Tyler Michael Johnson’s Story

I began my pregnancy with an OB but switched to April’s care at 31 weeks after meeting her in person and falling in love with the midwifery model of care and April herself. I knew in minutes she was the person I wanted to attend my birth. A few days before my Tyler was born I experienced intermittent surges for several days in row. I knew my body was preparing for the big day but the anticipation was enough to make a person crazy. Finally, on a Friday night my husband...

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Kamden Edwards’s Story

We found out Kamden was breech at 35 weeks. I made an appointment with a chiropractor and had him turned with the Webster maneuver. I was quite relieved he was now in position for a vaginal birth. At that point Braxton Hicks contractions start and continue for the rest of the pregnancy. On September 12 I had an internal (3cm and 80% effaced). I was having a lot of contractions that day but still nothing regular. I went to bed at 10pm and woke up at 12:10 am with...

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Olivia Godinez’s Story

I started my pregnancy with April when she was still doing hospital births. When I went to my 37-week appointment April told me that she was no longer doing hospital births. I was devastated. I thought my only options were to go with the OB she practiced with or start looking for a completely new provider. I scheduled my next appointment with the OB and by the time the appointment was over I was even more upset. I had a feeling I was going to go past my due date and one of the first things he...

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Nayeli Godinez’s Story

On Tuesday I started having contractions throughout the day but they were irregular and they didn’t really hurt so I just continued in with my day.  I went out to dinner with my friends Melissa and Tiffany.   During dinner my contractions started coming more regularly but they still weren’t painful.  When I got home at 10:00 they were coming about every 5 mins but they still weren’t painful.  I told Ricky that this might be it but I didn’t want to...

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Ava May’s Story

I was astounded when my daughter, Pua, announced that she planned to have a home water birth. Having her baby at home was one thing, but doing it in a tub of water was another.

Home births are not new, but neither are they the majority choice. I asked my daughter the questions any concerned mother would have. Is it safe? What is a water birth? Are midwives licensed?

Pua assured me that if complications occurred before or during the birthing, she would immediately go to the hospi­tal. She...

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Quinn’s Story

I was so excited when I found out I was pregnant, I have wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember. I have always wanted to have a water birth at home, I can’t think of a better place to experience such a miracle than in your own home. Soon after we found out about our pregnancy, I started researching homebirth and looking for a midwife. Baby’s 1st Day was the first webpage I looked at and I felt an instant connection with April just reading what she had to say about her...

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