I’m finally catching a moment today to reflect on the past week. OMG. Seriously, what an interesting week for me.
First of all let me satisfy some curiosity with a couple of facts. NO, I am not LITERALLY pregnant and NO, I don’t run a bordello!
If you’re asking WTH? Let me explain.
Many of you know that I am “pregnant” with something. It’s not a baby! It is however, something big for me and I will give “birth” hopefully within a month or so. We will not be inducing or sectioning. The word patience is my mantra. I feel like a 35 week mama right now
Next up, the bordello. Here’s a little history…my husband (Officer McCoy) is a detective in Palm Beach County and a retired Captain from the Boca Raton Police Department and we live in Boca Raton. Last week, all over the nightly news was “Officer McCoy’s” wife who was arrested for running a prostitution ring in Boca Raton. Nope, not us. It did provide a much needed giggle mid-week for me though
Among other interesting things last week, I attended two natural births, both incredibly amazing and different. One had some twists and turns that required the mother to change her birthing plans at 42+ weeks. With a very determined mind set and a birth team of pitbulls (a debt of thanks to midwife Miriam Pearson-Martinez for being one of the pitbulls), this mother met her baby in a sweet and respected way. A mother less prepared and supported would have caved to a cesarean under the misinformation and “dangerous” aura that was being projected onto her. I left this birth feeling so proud of what this family was able to accomplish under such circumstances and incredibly sad that for most families, this would have ended differently. This birth has cemented my goal for 2013, education, education, support, support! An experienced doula is not there just to rub your back and tell you that you are strong. That may be all that you need, but if you need more, she is there as your advocate to help you gather information and make INFORMED decisions. Sometimes you pay your doula for what she CAN do, and hope that “well of knowledge” is not needed for your experience. But if it is, what would that be worth to you to?
Meet Baby Noah. He’s wearing his “Bad Ass” baby hat. It’s perfect! I think the birth team should have had “bad ass” hats too
There was a white board in the labor room that had the original goal for the birth as “A healthy delivery”…that sounded like healthy take-out food to me, so I changed it to read “Empowering Natural Birth.” After the birth, this couldn’t be resisted:
*please note that the doc’s name isn’t REALLY Shrek (close enough) and nurse Shameeka was AWESOME!
Noah’s birth was quickly followed by another mama calling to say she was in labor. A repeat client and lovely family all around naturally met their sweet baby girl, Isla. Isla is joined by a big sister and big brother at home. Her sweet birth was captured on film by the talented Tricia from Click.Capture.Create. I can’t wait to see the photographs.
Meet Isla. She’s heading home from the hospital.
HypnoBirthing made the news this week! A big thanks to midwife Dana Jacobs for sending the news crew our way! Also, a big thanks to clients Tove Chamness and Hallie Bader for coming at the last minute to share your experience with the reporter.
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This past week felt so eventful. There are a few more things “happening” and hopefully big news will be revealed soon. And no, I’m not talking about my “pregnancy” lol.
My mission is clear, thank you universe for the confirmation. Life is good!