The birth of Ferris, with Nina and Kelley

I’ll start my story off by mentioning that my first baby was a planned home water birth with a non-Choice midwife.  I ended up having to transfer, getting an epidural, and getting an unexpected hospital birth instead.  It bothered me for a long time despite my hospital experience not being so bad. I was technicallyContinue Reading

Everyday Graces

Everday Graces     Grace (noun): unmerited favor [of God].  I have a certain preoccupation with this word, and the way that it has worked its way into my life, through my faith, the beauty of humanity, and once I became a mother, through my children.  I remember with fondness feeling the full weight of this unmeritedContinue Reading

The birth of a Mother, and a sweet baby boy!

It was August 9th 2013 and as I sat with Ty smoking what would be my last cigarette ever, I looked at him and said “So, there is a possibility that I may be pregnant…” My period was 3 days late and I’m NEVER late. (In fact, I almost wanted to change the date ofContinue Reading

Elliott Francis

Week 37 and 4days, at 2:30 AM I though I heard glass breaking so I went downstairs (after justin and the dogs checked it out first). I saw the problem, the cat had knocked her bowl down. I bent down to clean it up and when I stood up a gush of water came out!Continue Reading

Eleora Joy

Birth Story Eleora Joy Monday, February 24, 2014   Sitting down to write my birth story as Nina and Jill encouraged me to do so before I forgot, I thought about the things leading up to that day. Not just the pregnancy, buteverything. The changing of our season of life through growth and maturity; Joe and I waitedContinue Reading

Deja’s Journey of Motherhood

Journey to home birth A little background on me- I am a nurse and I worked in labor and delivery for five years. I currently work for a high risk maternity home health care company. Not only have I seen a lot of births- I’ve seen it all. The good (a beautiful vaginal delivery), the badContinue Reading

Everly Jean, baby girl born to first time parents

BIRTH STORY | EVERLY JEAN HENNING | 9.13.13   Sept 9th Our water softener had a hose blown out and it started to flood our basement on Monday morning of that week. I ran over to our neighbors’ house to get his help. He came over & turned it off & I spent the rest of thatContinue Reading

A Beautiful VBAC assisted by a Monitrice

At about 6 months gestation, I went to the E.R. for what I thought was premature labor. My previous pregnancy had resulted in a miscarriage so I had some cause for concern. After plenty of testing, the results were inconclusive. I was having some fierce abdominal pain that we could not identify. I went homeContinue Reading

Kyra Aaron Reed

In this post I would like to share my amazing birth story. I wrote it for myself- so that I would not forget and so that I can share it with my daughter one day. But I’m sharing it with you for several reasons. When I was pregnant all I ever heard from anyone wasContinue Reading

Abby Kinne doing what she did best!!

My Mom had midwives from choice for all of her childrens births (which is why i also chose to do a home birth with choice), we were all born at home except for my sister Katie, thier 4th child. My parents were planning a home birth with her as well, it just didnt work outContinue Reading

Adelaide’s Birth

My daughter Adelaide Rose was born on a brisk fall morning in November, a Tuesday. And, although much anticipated, it was completely unexpected and absolutely perfect. So much mystery had surrounded Adelaide for so long. What would her sex be? How much would she weigh? Were all her fingers and toes there? But, most importantly,Continue Reading

Lyla’s Birth

Our first child, Adelaide, was born, with the help of CHOICE midwives, into water on November 16th, 2010. She was a planned pregnancy, and we had even gone through fertility medication to help conception. The birth was beautiful and gentle – everything I wanted the experience to be. And, truthfully, I’d call it a typicalContinue Reading

He Was Born Where???

He Was Born Where??? He finally came. Palmer Lewis Hamilton was born on May 5, healthy and beautiful, and, like his sister, he was born at home.   I know what you’re thinking. For goodness sake, why didn’t they learn from the first one and get to the hospital sooner this time? But it wasn’tContinue Reading

Our Home Birth Dream Came True

At 10:30 pm on January 13, Mike and I got into bed.  It was a Sunday, the night before my mom’s birthday…and first Monday since leaving my job.  I was feeling a little guilty about not going to work in the morning, since I hadn’t actually had the baby yet.  Laying on my right side,Continue Reading

Chelsea’s Birth Story

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Our Perfect Birth

Eryn’s Little Sister

August 18th began as a usual day in our house. Get up, make breakfast, feed the dogs, dress Eryn and myself. Eryn, then two and a half, busily played, half watching cartoons, when the phone rang. It was my OB’s office. I considered not answering it. Against, perhaps, my better judgment, I said hello. ItContinue Reading

Olen’s Empowering Birth

Despite the outside appearance of a perfectly wonderful home birth with my daughter, it was somehow very traumatic to both her and I when coupled with a difficult postpartum period due to colic and food allergies. We were all healthy when she was born, yes, but definitely not happy. I’ve comet o realize that noContinue Reading

NOT A Walk in the Park

Jack has now been in this world for 18 months and I would like to go back to the day he entered this world and document his birth story.  It is a bit lengthy as it was hard to cut out any detail.  I wanted to document the entire story, unrated and not softening anything. Continue Reading

Ty Simone’s Birth

Ty Simone’s Birth On Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 3:00 p.m., I felt what I qualified as a possible labor contraction.   After sharing this could-be revelation with Gary, I decided to drive to my CHOICE appointment.  I saw my midwife Kelley and told her of my potential labor.  Upon examination she determined the baby was nestled veryContinue Reading