MY DOULA LIFE
Next I had the opportunity as a doula to welcome David this Monday, September 21st! Some laugh at natural in the hospital but I think I just witnessed it. With the complete surrender of Tanya to her waves. She would listen and go completely limp with the surging contractions. She said she realized that something beautiful can come from pain when not avoided. In this case pain was a good thing bringing life forth. After early labor for hours taking my advice of becoming limp like a noodle during contractions and resting as much as possible, it shifted to closer and stronger with 6 min apart contractions around 6pm. At 10:00pm it shifted to around 5 minutes apart and over a minute long. We did not head to the hospital due to other body signs not really appearing as much of an active labor stage. Utilizing rest again with the rocking chair, heat pack, relaxing oils, the bathroom, and shower. Then she grabbed an hour nap and woke up to harder contractions and some more signs of active labor. This was about 4:00am. We left for the hospital at 4:30am due to the increase of signs. She was able to stay at the hospital dilated to about 6 cm which was what we were aiming for so she could use their water tub. She labored worshipping in the tub and surrendering to each wave. Time for pushing came so she didn't push but did labor lips (horse like lips) as to bring their baby down gently through a process we call laboring down. She then gave into her bodies natural urge to push when it became irresistible. Welcoming the very irresistible David at 10:12am!! Weighing 7#9oz. With her praying mom in the room for the birthing process I would look and and see answers as she would pray. So glorious! Closest to a home birth experience this time at Research.
My heart is full!! Tremendous birth with Debbie Perry, CPM Natural Birth KC serving Ana and Josh!! Ana is my new hero!!!! Josh was an incredible support! It was a relaxed Wednesday of labor and then contractions picked up to 5-12 minutes apart and growing in intensity around 4pm. It geared up to 3-6 minutes apart and 1 minute long around 7pm, so they began to fill the birth tub. I joined them around 8pm. For an hour or two we used heat on the lower back kneeling, massage and positions while the tub filled. She then utilized the birth tub during contractions. Then a miraculous finish pursued rocketing from 5-10cm including transition and pushing baby girl June Olivia out in about an hour at 12:46am Thursday morning!! Love the way her care provider encouraged and supported her! Ana was amazing as she moved in the direction her body needed as she encountered each contraction. Glad to watch the freedom she was given to birth in whatever position felt right at the time!! Love the Natural Birth KC team! Congrats! Love you!! Incredible pictures captured by Emily Lehnert on my facebook.
"Recently becoming a new mom I had a lot of questions that needed answers. Rachel Schwepler was a name I heard a lot from seasoned moms to newly moms, that could help with those questions. After seeing her soft spoken well mannered kids. Plus her passion in helping others usher in their miracles. I couldn't help myself but to get in line for some one-on-one time with her! I was fortunate enough to sit down with Rachel a few times and ask away. She provided information I didn't even think of. I felt well prepared, well as prepared as a first time mommy can be, after speaking with her. I had an incredible birthing experience which I contribute to God, my husband and Rachel. I am blessed to see her around and ask questions as my baby becomes older. Her encouraging words, loving spirit and passion for you to experience the greatest gift you can receive with ease. Makes her the best doula around!"
"There is no doubt Rachel has risen up to the calling she has. Although I have a very supportive husband in our homebirths, Rachel has been there to quietly fill any needs that arose. Because of her giftedness in being a doula and also because she has "been there, done that", she knew just what I needed when it was needed. My husband recalls our two labors that she was right there alongside. He remembers being able to take mental and physical breaks because of the support and comfort he knew Rachel would be able to give me during labor. I cannot speak highly enough of Rachel. The dedication she gives cannot compare. She will be there as long as you need her. When the sweet afterglow of birth arrives and you are holding your baby, she will be there to give attention to whatever is needed- nursing support, food for the parents, etc. There would not be any other doula I would consider using."