Hi my name is Elke, mother of 2 children and I would love to share my experience with all the women in the world about the most beautiful event of 'giving birth naturally'.
I have always been a person that loves to be close to nature and have always opted for healthy solutions throughout my life. So I was very pleased to find a natural birth center in Miami where I met Angela, where they not only provided the prenatal care but also the entire delivery and post-partum care. Coming there felt like a second home, the personal attention and real interest in how I was feeling made a big difference to me. I felt like I was well prepared for natural birth and I wasn’t nervous when it all started. Birthing your first child is always very exciting but it all was very comfortable being with the warmth and professional guidance of midwives around me.
When it comes to giving birth, it takes the most out of you, both physically and mentally, and the entire atmosphere plays a big role. It was so nice to be in a room, just like your own bedroom, some candles and music that helped me to distract from the pain and exhaustion. It is great to have the support of the midwife, asking you if you prefer a different position, helping you to control your breath, or offering you a lower back massage and always talking with this gentle soft voice that calms you, letting you know they have all been there and you are almost there.
My second baby was born in the water, and it was the most incredible moment in my life for sure. After some health checks the baby was put on my breast directly so there was this special moment that mom and baby could feel each other close. It is great how breastfeeding is aided also in later post-partum visits. Breastfeeding is not easy but as long as you persist in it, it becomes your natural way of feeding your baby.
I think that many women these days think too much about risks and the pain but for the latter one it is all relative, it will pass, and it is a unique experience to have some pain for giving birth. As long as you live with it, accept and don't fight it and every woman can do this in a completely natural way.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share some of my waterbirth natural experience and I would encourage all women to seriously consider this when they become pregnant. Angela, I am proud of you and that you continuing practice of the most rewarding work in live which is helping women giving birth naturally.