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Princess Clover’s Birth Story

Born June 4, 2016 1:28 a.m.

9 lbs 6.5 oz, 21 1/2 inches

Midwives of Hale Kealaula; Selena Green and Jaymie Lewis

Photos by Jenna Toilolo; Captivating Creation Photography https://m.facebook.com/captivatingcreation

It all began a few weeks prior with a few light surges during the early morning hours and I was sure that this little ‘boy’ (I swore up and down that I was carrying a boy throughout the entire pregnancy lol) was going to arrive earlier than his EDD.

However March 27th came and went and still no Clover baby.  Of course, being a Midwife in training I knew that ‘he’ would come in his own good time.  Daddy however was getting a bit anxious and wanted to make sure that I had a ‘Plan B’ should baby not come by 42 weeks.  I assured him that we had pre-registered with Queen’s hospital so we could go there if our OB (wonderful Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro, who I heard isn’t accepting new patients at this time) thought it was necessary.

The morning of June 3rd, I picked up my children in Kapolei, did some errands and went grocery shopping all while having some pretty consistent surges 🙂  Walking through the isles of Sack n Save in Nanakuli pausing and holding on to the cart while telling my son to hold on a second lol.  Of course my wonderful Midwife; Selena Green was aware and had told my amazing Midwife Sister; Jaymie that I was having some surges.

When we got home we put things away and settled in to have dinner, still having some surges once in a while; and then while sitting in my seat on our ‘new’ couch, my water broke.  Daddy was a little surprised as he was setting up the grill outside to BBQ some ribs and was a little taken a back by the liquid on the ground (I stood up after the first gush).

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My midwife called to double check how fast my births were after waters broke and I told her that both my previous births were 5 hours.  So she let Jaymie and my beautiful friend Jenna who would be taken these amazing photos know that it was time to come.  As predicted the surges came stronger and longer, though I was able to eat and drink fine, joke around and help give daddy some directions on what could be done before the Midwives arrived.

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After that is basically a blur but I do remember holding everyone’s hands while laboring in the pool.  Getting an ice pop, laughing, being on hands and knees and moaning but most of all as it was getting to the most intense point.  Jaymie was whispering in my ear to let the energy go down and out, so when the surges came I did just that.  It helped tremendously and I remember pushing not long after that, it seemed like not very long but it was probably about an hour of pushing her down.

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When her head emerged, I thought it would be quick that she would slide out as my previous to babies did.  However little Clover’s shoulders were stuck and Jaymie had to get her little arm out first before she was fully birthed at 1:28 a.m. on Saturday June the 4th.  As soon as she came out she wasn’t breathing for a bit so we rubbed up her back but still no breaths, so I gave her a few puffs as we are trained to (just the air that’s in your mouth, not big breaths) and I heard her first little gasp.  We gave her a little bit of O2 also and she slowly came around and began breathing on her own.

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We didn’t know the sex of our baby yet, so I quickly flipped her bottom over to see and saw that I had been wrong the entire pregnancy.  My ‘boy’ was a little girl, my daughter Cierra and daddy were quite happy with the news!  I was in complete shock lol

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Then I saw that there was quite a bit of blood in the water and I could hear Selena and Jaymie saying that I needed to get out of the pool so they could monitor my bleeding.  I got a shot of Pitocin, some Hemhalt tincture and eventually a placenta shake to control the bleeding.

As soon as I was out of the pool and on the couch-bed in the living room I felt the most horrible migraine I have ever had come on.  (Towards the last days, I finally got upset and actually cried out to, “bring it on!”  It hurt so bad, it honestly couldn’t get any worse)

After that I was in a fog and just knew that I was in pain.  Everyone tried to help remedy the pain but it just wouldn’t subside and finally I called my beautiful friend Mileka to ask if she would please come and massage my migraine away.  She was a God sent and the migraine subsided enough that I finally felt I was able to enjoy this little baby girl.  After a few days I noticed that my thirst could not be quenched no matter how much water I drank and I was hospitalized for dehydration.  We began loading me up with electrolytes and soon I felt like there was hope at the end of the tunnel.

The migraine still persisted so I called on the chiropractor I had seen prenatally and that we send all our clients at Hale Kealaula to; Dr. Christine Lipat at Niu Health Chiropractic.  She adjusted baby and I and we both were SO much happier, Clover had been a bit fussy at the breast for a while but after she was adjusted was doing wonderfully.

Of course after all of that, my breastfeeding was a bit hampered and I had to start little Clover on some formula (which still kills me a bit) and we are now doing well with both.

Fast forward to today and Princess Clover is a very expressive, talkative, loving, happy and beautiful baby’s in the world 🙂

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We have had so much support since pregnancy and we wouldn’t have been able to be sane and doing well without you all:  our co-workers (too many to list), family; the Yadao ohana especially Aunty Roxanne and Aunty Noella who were one of the first visitors we had and the Skal ohana who have been supportive and sending their love and support from day one, love you all.

We’re most grateful for our birth team who had to come almost every day post-partum for one reason or another with me (we always say birth workers/body workers are always the ones that need the most care lol and it was no different with me!)  Selena, Valerie, Jaymie…Adam and I are so eternally grateful for all your care and love.

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Photos by Captivating Creation Photography https://m.facebook.com/captivatingcreation

Birth Center Opens in Missouri

May we all see the opening of more options for women, with women centered care ❤

 

http://www.prweb.com/releases/new-birth-center/springfield-mo/prweb13158072.htm

Springfield welcomes a new birth center, offering a more holistic approach to women’s health care, pregnancy and birth.

Springfield welcomes a new birth center, offering a more holistic approach to women’s health care, pregnancy and birth.  Our goal is to bring a collaborative, natural and safe option to families in the Springfield area.

BirthCentered, a new Missouri licensed birth center, announces that its facility is now open and accepting clients from Springfield and the surrounding area.

Recently, BirthCentered became the first birth center in Springfield to be licensed through the Missouri Department of Health. The center is also in the process of achieving national accreditation through the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). This new health care facility is led by a team of midwives and registered nurses and offers a more natural, holistic approach to women’s health care, pregnancy and birth.

“At its core, midwifery care is centered on trusting the natural instincts of the mother throughout pregnancy and birth,” says Sarah Barkley, owner and administrative director of BirthCentered. “Our goal is to bring a collaborative, natural and safe option to families in the Springfield area.”

With 18 years of experience, Lori Link, a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), will be serving as BirthCentered’s Clinical Director. In addition, Dr. Everett Beguin, who has a long history of supporting midwives, will serve as the center’s Collaborating Obstetrician. The birth center offers a full scope of women’s health care services including: family planning, annual exams, prenatal care, birth and delivery, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding and baby care.

The center plans to invite the Springfield community to see its facility first hand on February 27. Details for the grand opening will be posted to facebook.com/BirthCentered. For more information, visit birthcentered.com or call 417-616-3114.

About BirthCentered:
BirthCentered is a health care facility in Springfield, Missouri, that serves low-risk women and their families with personalized holistic midwifery care. Centered on mother, baby and family, the company’s Certified Nurse Midwives and Registered Nurses work to inspire confidence in every woman, encouraging individual choices through nurturing support.

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http://www.prweb.com/releases/new-birth-center/springfield-mo/prweb13158072.htm

It’s been a while…

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Needless to say, after the proposed Home Birth regulation bill there were many factors that came to light and preparations that needed to happen.

Fortunately the bill became a simple task force of those in the hospitals, doctors and others such as EMS and any other stake holders to meet and come up with strategies that would make collaboration and transfers of home birth clients smooth and without tension.

The Midwives Alliance of Hawai`i put together a panel of all of the stake holders and came up with some tasks to make communication between each more sufficient.  Another work group was formed to start preparing for a consumer based bill to be introduced to the legislation in a future session.

Meanwhile, the number of Midwives practicing in Hawai`i has grown and there are apprentices and newly certified Midwives returning to the islands.

There are many things to consider and prepare for the future in regards to Midwifery in Hawai`i and the only way it will remain untouched by those who don’t understand or appreciate it, is for everyone to be prepared for the next push by those that are looking to limit choices for Hawai`i’s families.

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Planned Home Birth Study

Planned Home Birth Study

Slowly we are coming to a place where people are realizing, that birth took place mainly outside of a hospital only 100 years ago.

Birth in hospitals have been proven time and again to not be “safer”, with our maternal and infant mortality rate one of the highest in the developed world and only about 2% of births taking place at home, the truth doesn’t lie.

This study comes at a remarkable time, as Hawai`i is gearing up to have it’s home birth practices looked at by the government, with SB2569 introduced by Senator Josh Green (D) District 3 – Kona, Ka‘u, which essentially illegalizes home births, luckily we have many studies, passionate advocates and people around the world watching and sending their love and offers of support.

Hawai`i has a unique chance to lead the world to be a model of what truly healthy maternity care looks like.

If you haven’t read the bill yet go HERE

Write/Call/Email your Senators TODAY and tell them that SB2569 MUST be killed, as it does not serve women and babies.      CLICK HERE to find your representative.

This article from Science and Sensibility about the “safety” of home birth is a great read.

“How the Home vs. Hospital Debate Misses the Mark” – Birth Anarchy

“How the Home vs. Hospital Debate Misses the Mark” – Birth Anarchy

Having had 2 unmedicated hospital births (while actually desiring to birth at home) and now training to be a CPM doing out of hospital births, this blog post sings to me.

Since becoming a mother, I’ve participated in several mom websites and chat rooms regarding motherhood.  What always comes up is the “us vs. them”.

 

I believe this is the year of the woman and I truly hope we all genuinely learn to appreciate and support each other as we walk on this path together.

 

Mahalo Kathi for the awesome post!

URGENT-Call to Action

URGENT! The Hawaii legislature has just introduced SB2569, a bill that criminalizes every home birth midwife in the state who is not a Certified Nurse-Midwife. Worse, SB2569 imposes so many restrictions on nurse-midwives and naturopaths providing out-of-hospital care and on the women seeking their care that it will all but outlaw home birth in Hawaii.

We need you to call or email your legislators today with a simple message.

Please stop SB2569, Relating to Home Birth, a bill that will criminalize nearly all home birth midwives in the state and will deny access to women seeking their care.

To find out who your legislators in the State Assembly and State Senate are and how to contact them, please go here:

http://1.usa.gov/1hb9vDL

Do NOT make calls or send emails to any legislators other than your own, and please send this urgent message to family and friends and ask them to call or email their legislators today!

As if criminalizing Certified Professional Midwives and other midwives providing home birth care in our state isn’t bad enough, SB2569 will also:

Deny care to any woman seeking an out-of-hospital birth, including VBAC mothers, who doesn’t meet the bill’s narrow definition of “low risk” and require all women seeking a home birth to be told they must be examined by a physician whether it is medically indicated or not.

Violate women’s medical privacy by requiring home birth providers to report a woman’s “intent to give birth at home” to the State Department of Health, potentially endangering women by exposing their private medical information to partners or family members who don’t agree with their birth choices.

Mandate that a woman be forced to undergo “immediate emergency transport to a medical facility” when she experiences any variation in normal labor patterns, as determined by the Board of Medicine and an advisory board with a majority membership of OBs and other physicians, L&D nurses, State Department of health staff, and only one public member and no CPMs or out-of-hospital midwives.  

Give broad discretionary powers to the Board of Medicine to police the activities of home birth midwives, allowing it to create any “any lawful rule, order or subpoena . . . in lieu of or in addition to any remedy provided in this section” to investigate and prosecute home birth providers.

Insult the intelligence of home birth mothers by forcing them to sign a so-called informed consent document that relies on junk science to claim that there is an increased risk of neonatal mortality associated with home birth.

We can’t allow such a backwards piece of legislation that sits in clear violation of the rights of women and their families to choose midwives and home birth to pass. If this bill becomes law, it will put Hawaii dead last on the list of states with family-centered midwife laws that respect the rights of women to make informed and evidence-based decisions about their personal maternity care choices.

We need everyone to start making calls and sending emails to their elected officials today, and please ask your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same!

Find your legislators and how to contact them here:

http://1.usa.gov/1hb9vDL

To read the full text of SB2569 go here:

http://1.usa.gov/1dOSNue

Improving Birth-Rally for Change Honolulu

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Why I’m rallying to improve birth

Hearing my grandmother’s and my mother’s birth stories, I realized first hand what was being talked about in “The Business of Being Born”.

My grandmother had given birth in a hospital where she remembers only being shaved, given drugs and waking up to my mother in her arms.  My mother is an only child.

My mother would tell my birth story to me a few times in my life and it was always with no fear and with a sense that birth was just a natural part of life.

In the BOBB, we learn about the “Twilight Sleep” era, then during the 70’s the resurgence of natural births and breastfeeding.  Unfortunately, my births were also very ‘mainstream’ after not listening to my intuition, I had both of my babies at a hospital.

While my experiences were not as horrific as others, for me, my daughters birth felt stolen.  I didn’t know who to tell, what to do, or that I had a ‘reason’ to feel the way I did.

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After seeing “The Business of Being Born”, doing research, taking workshops and submerging myself into anything that had to do with birth, I realized that women are still being used as experiments.

My reason for rallying, is that this madness needs to stop.

Our daughters deserve better, our babies deserve better, we deserve better.

Birth matters

6th Home Birth – 5th Year of Blogging

Wednesday Evening

Marked the 6th home birth I was privileged to have witness, while assisting Selena with Grace and watching this powerful mama give birth to her second child and first daughter.

This birth was interesting in that mama had her mother come for the birth to help with their son and keep him occupied as mama birthed.  There was a feeling of being crowded and mama didn’t feel comfortable and after about a week, her mother decided to leave before baby was born.  As soon as her mother was on the plane, her contractions started and we all knew baby would be born that night.  Sure enough 5 hours later, their baby girl was born into the world, as mama stood half squatting at the end of the bed as she did with their first born.

Today we visited her at home and both mom and baby are doing great and felt really good about the birth, saying it was much better than even their first home birth with their son.

To top of the day, a Sex Ed class asked Selena, Grace and I to speak again at UH.  Among the class, there were two young women who were asking the most questions.  After the class finished, one was asked to walk us back to the car to retrieve the parking pass.  She shared with Grace and I, that she and her husband were thinking about having a baby but she was so terrified of the pain of labor.  She also asked about whether her birth of being born by cesarean was actually necessary as her mother was told that she was stuck.

We got to share with her that we couldn’t say for sure but that her mother was probably not allowed to move around, which would’ve helped her to come out.

We also let her know that we thought it was great timing that she got to hear us speak and now has Selena’s information to work through her fear of pain during birth, before she gets pregnant.

Got 2 people to watch the Business of Being Born today, 5 years since the film changed my life forever

…all in all, this summer solstice brought about affirmation that the shift I have been hoping to see and be a part of with this blog is coming to pass.

Here’s to all of you on this journey to see peace on earth, one birth at a time. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

The Saga to Accept Nature

The Fifth Home Birth

I was blessed to be a witness of a birth that is the most thought provoking one for me so far.  First, the parents were planning another hospital birth after their first born, a son, was born there.  However mom had a feeling she wanted to do things a different way.  She got in touch with a childbirth educator, who brought her to a talk featuring Midwife; Selena Green from Hale Kealaula.

From her first words of introduction she had tears.  Tears for what she knew she wanted for her baby and for herself with this birth and the feeling of not having an option or support brought the tears.

Luckily she continued to go back to learn more about cloth diapering and took a childbirth education class, which only empowered her thoughts of birthing out of the hospital.

She connected with Selena again and she and her husband decided to birth with her and at Hale Kealaula.  They came to their first Centering Pregnancy group, which brings together all the families birthing with Selena and talking about their experiences and thoughts/questions.  At their second, it branched into a father’s group and a moms group, so both got more information and confirmation they were doing what was right for them.

The Birth

Mom and dad were a little nervous when they first arrived and anxious too.  He did well listening when we let him know he could rest and provided her with comfort measures and reassuring words when she needed them.  There came a time when mom needed to let go and surrender but her fear and desire for it to be over NOW made progress slow for a little while.  But Selena let her know that she would have to be patient and that she was safe and cared for her in that place where she felt vulnerable.  She got to the place of being in the trance and pushed her baby girl out in the caul in only 30 minutes, with dad there to catch his first daughter on Father’s day.

Provoking Thoughts

As soon as baby girl was born, her grandfather called (the only call that came in) from the continent asking to see how mom was doing.  He was greeted by the first cries of his first grand-daughter.

A little while later, dad shared his thoughts about the differences he noticed between having had his son in the hospital and his daughter at the birth home.  He first mentioned that of course the drugs were not there, so the availability of them to be brought up and used was not an issue (nor would it be offered several times throughout the birth).  This made him think about the differences in the way his babies were treated when they first arrived.  His son, was limp and didn’t respond right away and had to be taken to the warmer immediately after birth.  We know this is in large part due to the epidural and pitocin given to mom and not only that but the handling of his babies was VERY different.  He understood now that giving baby to mom right away makes the most sense, after all she had been in her mother for nine months and would be comforted by her smell, heartbeat and breathing sounds.  Where as his son was jostled and handled like a piece of meat and not given to his wife until much later after he was born.  Even the temperament difference in his two babies at birth, he saw that his daughter was much more content, where his son was crying more and seemed under stress…dad had been a skeptic from the beginning and it wasn’t until he saw and felt with his own two eyes and heart, that they had made a great decision and the one that made them both feel more content.

Mom got to speak with her mother after the birth, who also happens to be a NICU nurse.  Of course most of her fear and anxiety came from her mother telling her the horror stories she sees in the NICU every day and just the shear number of them.  After the birth however, her mother shared that she was glad she had chosen to have baby at the birth home, where the hospital couldn’t interfere.  For that week at the hospital she worked at,  she had seen a few babies who had been so mishandled by the hospital that they ended up going to the NICU because of it.

A few hours after baby was born, the family slept, mom showered and ate and they packed up their belongings and went home to share their new baby with the family and big brother (who wouldn’t eat breakfast cause he was worried about mommy).

This may not sound like an epic saga to you

When I think about that place they came from in their thoughts and fears and how mom persevered and dad trusted his wife, how beliefs were changed and molded, trust was built and strengthened, a  family gained a member and the world stepped ONE BIRTH closer to LOVE, PEACE and normalizing nature, can’t think of a greater story.

Cesarean Mama in the Birth Goddess Club

Cesarean Mama in the Birth Goddess Club

Days like yesterday are the counter for the negative aspects of this story.  
Students we spoke with at UH wrote 4 amazing pages of little notes thanking us for coming…that brought what ever single person striving for betterment of births, home.  Most spoke of options, how they’re glad we shared, that they learned so much.
Then nursing students visited Hale Kealaula and after speaking with Selena, supported their friend who is hapai, rather than siding with fear and doubting her decisions.
Mother’s from all stages, gathered yesterday at the birth home with their partners and families, sharing experiences, encouraging one another, validating that inner voice that’s been telling them they have everything they need to grow and birth their babies.  

Doctors know about what to do when the wrong things happen but rarely know how to treat a woman when things are normal.  

What’s normal for you?  Midwifery discovers with you what that is, empowers you to explore it, know it and be it for your birth.

It’s YOURS and your babies, please don’t try to give it away…