When my husband I first learned we were going to have a baby, we had already imagined a home birth. We first heard about home births from a chiropractor and how important a natural birth really is for the entire family.
When we met Dr. Caroline, we knew right away we were in good hands and chose her to be our midwife. She was confident, knowledgeable, gentle, considerate and easy to talk to. She was interested in making my birthing the way every woman was meant to experience it.
From day one, she took such great care of us. Dr. Caroline was continually working on my body to prepare it for birth. She included chiropractic, exercises, nutrition, cranial sacral, neuro emotional technique and then to make it even more concrete she got certified in Mayan abdominal massage and included that in the treatment! I could not have had better care in preparation for our first baby.
She not only prepared me physically for my labor, but also emotionally. She really cared about me and how I was feeling. Each treatment she did had its purpose and proved to be worthwhile. Each step of the way she worked with me ensuring I was comfortable with where I was at. She answered all my questions and gave me total confidence for what was to come.
Dr. Caroline is all about preventative care and preparing the body to do what it is supposed to do. She doesn’t interfere with nature and how our bodies are designed to work. Sometimes our bodies get out of place so she puts it back to prepare for an experience we should never forget, or want to forget.
On the day I went into labor, my doula Kadie was right there with me encouraging me to let my body do what it is supposed to do. She never forced drugs on me, manipulated my thinking, offered me pain medication (that was not needed or considered), or told me to stop pushing. She simply encouraged me to let my body do what it was designed to do. I had not had any experience in the breathing aspect of labor and Kadie just jumped right in and guided me through that with total calmness. She made sure there were no major problems in the process as she simply allowed me to transition into this new stage of life.
I could never ask for a better birth experience if I could imagine one. I hear horror stories of women being pressured into taking pain medication or inducing labor – forcing their bodies and babies to do something unnatural. Having a baby should not be traumatic, stressful or full of fear but to be a special exciting tender time for the whole family.
I had my first baby in August and labored at home in the shower, the bath and on the couch; wherever I felt comfortable. My doula and midwives all knew that I was not interested in pain medication and they all respected that without any questions. I was enjoying the transition and ‘riding the wave’ as I call it. I was allowing my body to just go through what it needed to do and not fight it. I was waiting for ‘death’ as my friends called it but…it never came. All of a sudden I was pushing, then 28 minutes later we had a beautiful healthy little girl born in the water at home in her own room. It was a beautiful experience, no stress, no problems, no issues – simply the miracle of a baby being born the way God created it to be.