Kim & Mai

Until we have births at SFBC, we thought we'd share stories from former clients we've worked with prior to SFBC. Thanks to Kim for sharing this story of her home-birth with Nancy Myrick, CNM.

 

There was no guesswork necessary when my labor began; each contraction had a decisive climb that literally had me on my knees. My body rocked with a force that I had never known, and that I tried very hard to embrace and welcome. I absolutely did not want to be alone in this vulnerable time and I am deeply grateful for the presence of the midwives, Nancy, Eva and Hanna.

The midwives’ constant and gentle prompts to breathe deeply and slowly helped me find a rhythm. My eyes were closed throughout most of my labor, allowing me to focus. But a few images have stayed with me: Nancy carefully listening to the baby’s heartbeat; Nancy guiding me as I slowly walked to and from the tub; and Nancy's smile acknowledging that, yes, birth is hard work and every grunt, groan and curse word that came from me was entirely appropriate.

And now I am somebody’s mother.

Reflecting on the birth of my daughter, I am overwhelmed by the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that presented and resolved. I am also overwhelmed by the power of companionship from the midwives that guarded and guided the process, including the prenatal and (most importantly) postpartum. Our healthy transition and current well-being is the best testament to the excellent, personalized care that our midwives so skillfully provided.