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Oh my goodness this sweet little baby face popped up in my Timehop today.

Our little miracle baby 💕

#iudbaby #miracle #babyboy.

Oh my goodness this sweet little baby face popped up in my Timehop today. Our little miracle baby 💕 #iudbaby #miracle #babyboy ...

Sometimes birth takes every bit of energy. Every bit of support. Every resource and trick in the book. All hands on deck. Sometimes it leaves the parents and their birth team completely depleted. Deliriously exhausted.
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I could not believe the strength of this mother. She was truly just a warrior woman. Contractions consistently coming every 2-5 minutes for 24 hours, she was on day 3 of sleeplessness and yet she persisted, believing in the process and in herself. Her husband was a fantastic mental coach. Her midwife, patient and willing to try it all.
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Back labor had us using hands and knees, counter pressure, massage, hip squeezes, heat and ice, hydrotherapy. Swollen feet had us elevating and massaging. Emotions had us reassuring and wiping tears. It allowed me a single blurry photo and this is it. Lavender being diffused to the left, nitrous oxide to the right. Peanut ball propping up the feet and when that pressure wave hit - all the back pressure my hands could provide.
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61 hours of labor makes for one epic birth.  Congratulations to two extremely hard-working parents on welcoming sweet baby Leo! ♥️
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#alltheenergy #longlabor #epicbirth #nitrousoxide #shedidit #birthstory #welcomebaby.

Sometimes birth takes every bit of energy. Every bit of support. Every resource and trick in the book. All hands on deck. Sometimes it leaves the parents and their birth team completely depleted. Deliriously exhausted. . I could not believe the strength of this mother. She was truly just a warrior woman. Contractions consistently coming every 2-5 minutes for 24 hours, she was on day 3 of sleeplessness and yet she persisted, believing in the process and in herself. Her husband was a fantastic mental coach. Her midwife, patient and willing to try it all. . Back labor had us using hands and knees, counter pressure, massage, hip squeezes, heat and ice, hydrotherapy. Swollen feet had us elevating and massaging. Emotions had us reassuring and wiping tears. It allowed me a single blurry photo and this is it. Lavender being diffused to the left, nitrous oxide to the right. Peanut ball propping up the feet and when that pressure wave hit - all the back pressure my hands could provide. . 61 hours of labor makes for one epic birth. Congratulations to two extremely hard-working parents on welcoming sweet baby Leo! ♥️ . #alltheenergy #longlabor #epicbirth #nitrousoxide #shedidit #birthstory #welcomebaby ...

1 year ago today I was exactly 40 weeks pregnant with Nevi. At 6:45am on March 10th, I woke up to my water breaking. Not long after that, contractions started.. ..and yet Nevis birthday isn’t for another 2 days.. #longlabor #40weekspregnant #babybeluga #momminainteasy #momdiaries #mommin #crunchymom.

1 year ago today I was exactly 40 weeks pregnant with Nevi. At 6:45am on March 10th, I woke up to my water breaking. Not long after that, contractions started.. ..and yet Nevis birthday isn’t for another 2 days.. #longlabor #40weekspregnant #babybeluga #momminainteasy #momdiaries #mommin #crunchymom ...

The first “Hello” 💕 ~ continued from previous post ~ At 12:30pm the Foley Catheter fell out and I had a bloody show. Woohoo this meant I was 3cm dilated!! My waters were broken at 12:47pm and my body took over from there. I was in a lot less pain with contractions only 4 contractions in 10 minutes. This didn’t last long though. I have never been in more pain in my entire life. I asked for an epidural (well I had asked for a C-Section during every contraction for about 20 minutes) and they explained that the Anaesthetist was in surgery and would still be 30 minutes. I didn’t end up getting my epidural for 2 hours...... longest 2 hours of my life. Once I finally had the Epidural in at 6:40pm (apparently it was the fastest and easiest one she’s ever done) I slept until 11pm. My Midwife had arrived at 10pm and kept an eye on me. Just after 12:15am I woke up again complaining that I felt like I needed to push. It seemed impossible I was even feeling this since everything was numb and because I wasn’t due for another vaginal exam until 2:30am. My midwife pulled the sheet back, looked up at me and said “Millie I can see your babies head”. My heart rate jumped up to 170bmp and after 3 pushes my baby Bear was out. 1 small tear, 700mls of blood loss and a snapped placenta cord. Although this is almost the opposite of what I envisioned my labor to be like, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Josh was incredible from start to finish. Helping me breath through contractions, reciting my Hypnobirthing affirmations, constantly encouraging me and calming me down. And now we are a family of three. This is perfection. This is the life I have always wanted to live. This is my life now. I am so in love with my life and all Josh and I have achieved together..

The first “Hello” 💕 ~ continued from previous post ~ At 12:30pm the Foley Catheter fell out and I had a bloody show. Woohoo this meant I was 3cm dilated!! My waters were broken at 12:47pm and my body took over from there. I was in a lot less pain with contractions only 4 contractions in 10 minutes. This didn’t last long though. I have never been in more pain in my entire life. I asked for an epidural (well I had asked for a C-Section during every contraction for about 20 minutes) and they explained that the Anaesthetist was in surgery and would still be 30 minutes. I didn’t end up getting my epidural for 2 hours...... longest 2 hours of my life. Once I finally had the Epidural in at 6:40pm (apparently it was the fastest and easiest one she’s ever done) I slept until 11pm. My Midwife had arrived at 10pm and kept an eye on me. Just after 12:15am I woke up again complaining that I felt like I needed to push. It seemed impossible I was even feeling this since everything was numb and because I wasn’t due for another vaginal exam until 2:30am. My midwife pulled the sheet back, looked up at me and said “Millie I can see your babies head”. My heart rate jumped up to 170bmp and after 3 pushes my baby Bear was out. 1 small tear, 700mls of blood loss and a snapped placenta cord. Although this is almost the opposite of what I envisioned my labor to be like, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Josh was incredible from start to finish. Helping me breath through contractions, reciting my Hypnobirthing affirmations, constantly encouraging me and calming me down. And now we are a family of three. This is perfection. This is the life I have always wanted to live. This is my life now. I am so in love with my life and all Josh and I have achieved together. ...

I promised myself after this pregnancy I would give myself the grace I deserved to get back into shape and to take my time doing it. I promised myself I wouldn’t be harsh to my body or mean to myself like I had been for all these years before. Raising girls I won’t talk negative about my body anymore, I won’t continue to let it hold me back. For so long I defined myself for being overweight, by my big ole’ mommy pouch, and the double chin. But this time around I will be kind to myself. This stomach has carried my three healthy children. This body has carried me through the hardest of times and never quit on me. God made me perfect. Am I healthy? Kind of. Am I in shape? Nope. But I plan to get there, in the time I can for myself, for my family. You and I, we are not any of the bad things we tell ourselves. I just encourage all the moms or anyone that is stuck in their own flaws, daily, to not let that define you anymore. Step outside of that small box you put yourself in and learn what God says about you. Be kind to yourself. Put in the work for yourself with love! You are worthy. You are strong. You are loved. You are beautiful. You are unique. 💛 #embraceyourmotherhood #moreselflovebabygirl.

I promised myself after this pregnancy I would give myself the grace I deserved to get back into shape and to take my time doing it. I promised myself I wouldn’t be harsh to my body or mean to myself like I had been for all these years before. Raising girls I won’t talk negative about my body anymore, I won’t continue to let it hold me back. For so long I defined myself for being overweight, by my big ole’ mommy pouch, and the double chin. But this time around I will be kind to myself. This stomach has carried my three healthy children. This body has carried me through the hardest of times and never quit on me. God made me perfect. Am I healthy? Kind of. Am I in shape? Nope. But I plan to get there, in the time I can for myself, for my family. You and I, we are not any of the bad things we tell ourselves. I just encourage all the moms or anyone that is stuck in their own flaws, daily, to not let that define you anymore. Step outside of that small box you put yourself in and learn what God says about you. Be kind to yourself. Put in the work for yourself with love! You are worthy. You are strong. You are loved. You are beautiful. You are unique. 💛 #embraceyourmotherhood #moreselflovebabygirl ...

8 weeks ago today I went into the drs for my 41 week Check up. Little did I know that I would develop preeclampsia causing me to get sent to labor and delivery. Who would have thought that, that was the beginning of my 50 hour labor. Also, WTF. My stomach was HUGE 🤭 but I would do it all over again for this little girl. My whole heart in human form ♥️ 👑🐝 #SoProud #babygirl #50hourlabor #longlabor #pp #postpartum #briellareign #postcsection #myworld #mydaughter.

8 weeks ago today I went into the drs for my 41 week Check up. Little did I know that I would develop preeclampsia causing me to get sent to labor and delivery. Who would have thought that, that was the beginning of my 50 hour labor. Also, WTF. My stomach was HUGE 🤭 but I would do it all over again for this little girl. My whole heart in human form ♥️ 👑🐝 #SoProud #babygirl #50hourlabor #longlabor #pp #postpartum #briellareign #postcsection #myworld #mydaughter ...

Positive developments. But to what extent will WHO recommendations really influence profit-driven obstetric policy? In the past, Marsden Wagner's sound wisdom was roundly ignored. (Google his article, Fish Can't See Water). Even so - women, print this out, along with the WHO complete statement - and staple it to your birth plan.
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. . . .#Repost @naturalbeginningsnc ・・・
YES to all of the new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Our experience is that following these evidence based practices not only improves outcomes for women, but contributes to a better birth experience -  which is also important!
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#midwives #midwifery #midwiferycare #midwivesrock #yourbirthexperiencematters #evidencebased #worldhealthorganization #longlabor #laboranddelivery #doulasrock #getadoula #doulasupport #mobilitymatters #laborwalk #midwivesalreadydothis #naturalbeginnings.

Positive developments. But to what extent will WHO recommendations really influence profit-driven obstetric policy? In the past, Marsden Wagner's sound wisdom was roundly ignored. (Google his article, Fish Can't See Water). Even so - women, print this out, along with the WHO complete statement - and staple it to your birth plan. . . . . . . . . . . .#Repost @naturalbeginningsnc ・・・ YES to all of the new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Our experience is that following these evidence based practices not only improves outcomes for women, but contributes to a better birth experience - which is also important! : : : : #midwives #midwifery #midwiferycare #midwivesrock #yourbirthexperiencematters #evidencebased #worldhealthorganization #longlabor #laboranddelivery #doulasrock #getadoula #doulasupport #mobilitymatters #laborwalk #midwivesalreadydothis #naturalbeginnings ...

Well here it is my lovely patient followers!! Meet my dumpling, Baby Andy! After 24 hrs of labor we met our babe with an unexpected c section (but not emergency). He was too big for my pelvis!!! We survived our first night and we’re already falling for his chubby cheeks and sweet cuddles. The night squawking not so much 😂.

Well here it is my lovely patient followers!! Meet my dumpling, Baby Andy! After 24 hrs of labor we met our babe with an unexpected c section (but not emergency). He was too big for my pelvis!!! We survived our first night and we’re already falling for his chubby cheeks and sweet cuddles. The night squawking not so much 😂 ...

ANTICIPATION

A year ago today I was 17 hours into labor still. The anticipation of our little dudes arrival was out of this world. 
I love this photo so much because you can see the anticipation and excitement. 
I still can't believe he is 1 today

Photography: @daniellehobbsphotography
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#anticipation #longlabor #momlifestyle #momblog #motherhoodunplugged #unitedinmotherhood #joyfulmamas #flashesofdelight #motherhoodsimplified #ig_motherhood #momlifeisthebestlife #themotherhoodcommute #workingmom #momswithcameras #clickinmoms #dailyparenting #letthembelittle #motherhoodrising #makersgonnamake #badassmothers #ourstory #inbeautyandchaos #lifeofaworkingmom #reallife #timeflies #naturesbeauty #proudmama #birthdayboy #birthphotography #dcphotographers.

ANTICIPATION A year ago today I was 17 hours into labor still. The anticipation of our little dudes arrival was out of this world. I love this photo so much because you can see the anticipation and excitement. I still can't believe he is 1 today Photography: @daniellehobbsphotography . . . . . . . . #anticipation #longlabor #momlifestyle #momblog #motherhoodunplugged #unitedinmotherhood #joyfulmamas #flashesofdelight #motherhoodsimplified #ig_motherhood #momlifeisthebestlife #themotherhoodcommute #workingmom #momswithcameras #clickinmoms #dailyparenting #letthembelittle #motherhoodrising #makersgonnamake #badassmothers #ourstory #inbeautyandchaos #lifeofaworkingmom #reallife #timeflies #naturesbeauty #proudmama #birthdayboy #birthphotography #dcphotographers ...

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The first “Hello” 💕 ~ continued from previous post ~ At 12:30pm the Foley Catheter fell out and I had a bloody show. Woohoo this meant I was 3cm dilated!! My waters were broken at 12:47pm and my body took over from there. I was in a lot less pain with contractions only 4 contractions in 10 minutes. This didn’t last long though. I have never been in more pain in my entire life. I asked for an epidural (well I had asked for a C-Section during every contraction for about 20 minutes) and they explained that the Anaesthetist was in surgery and would still be 30 minutes. I didn’t end up getting my epidural for 2 hours...... longest 2 hours of my life. Once I finally had the Epidural in at 6:40pm (apparently it was the fastest and easiest one she’s ever done) I slept until 11pm. My Midwife had arrived at 10pm and kept an eye on me. Just after 12:15am I woke up again complaining that I felt like I needed to push. It seemed impossible I was even feeling this since everything was numb and because I wasn’t due for another vaginal exam until 2:30am. My midwife pulled the sheet back, looked up at me and said “Millie I can see your babies head”. My heart rate jumped up to 170bmp and after 3 pushes my baby Bear was out. 1 small tear, 700mls of blood loss and a snapped placenta cord. Although this is almost the opposite of what I envisioned my labor to be like, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Josh was incredible from start to finish. Helping me breath through contractions, reciting my Hypnobirthing affirmations, constantly encouraging me and calming me down. And now we are a family of three. This is perfection. This is the life I have always wanted to live. This is my life now. I am so in love with my life and all Josh and I have achieved together.
#longlabor #laboranddelivery #hypnobirthing #familytree #csectionrecovery.

@mama_bears_blog ・・・ The first “Hello” 💕 ~ continued from previous post ~ At 12:30pm the Foley Catheter fell out and I had a bloody show. Woohoo this meant I was 3cm dilated!! My waters were broken at 12:47pm and my body took over from there. I was in a lot less pain with contractions only 4 contractions in 10 minutes. This didn’t last long though. I have never been in more pain in my entire life. I asked for an epidural (well I had asked for a C-Section during every contraction for about 20 minutes) and they explained that the Anaesthetist was in surgery and would still be 30 minutes. I didn’t end up getting my epidural for 2 hours...... longest 2 hours of my life. Once I finally had the Epidural in at 6:40pm (apparently it was the fastest and easiest one she’s ever done) I slept until 11pm. My Midwife had arrived at 10pm and kept an eye on me. Just after 12:15am I woke up again complaining that I felt like I needed to push. It seemed impossible I was even feeling this since everything was numb and because I wasn’t due for another vaginal exam until 2:30am. My midwife pulled the sheet back, looked up at me and said “Millie I can see your babies head”. My heart rate jumped up to 170bmp and after 3 pushes my baby Bear was out. 1 small tear, 700mls of blood loss and a snapped placenta cord. Although this is almost the opposite of what I envisioned my labor to be like, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Josh was incredible from start to finish. Helping me breath through contractions, reciting my Hypnobirthing affirmations, constantly encouraging me and calming me down. And now we are a family of three. This is perfection. This is the life I have always wanted to live. This is my life now. I am so in love with my life and all Josh and I have achieved together. #longlabor #laboranddelivery #hypnobirthing #familytree #csectionrecovery ...

Had a pool day today at the gym. All the kids loved it. And I’m glad I got out there with them ❤️.

Had a pool day today at the gym. All the kids loved it. And I’m glad I got out there with them ❤️ ...

After two pregnancies of growing out my hair, I chopped it tonight. Thank you @stephany_uemedina! You are a rockstar! I love my hair. 🥰💕🙌🏼 #urbaneve  #momcut •
...and yes, I love this green shirt. I own a few. Lol..

After two pregnancies of growing out my hair, I chopped it tonight. Thank you @stephany_uemedina ! You are a rockstar! I love my hair. 🥰💕🙌🏼 #urbaneve #momcut • ...and yes, I love this green shirt. I own a few. Lol. ...

Happy week! Our niece had a baby and ROCKED it. After a couple days of early labor and a night of active, she got to the hospital at 7cm and popped out this sweet little man. Girl, so proud ❤️ My boys loved holding him so much they got mad when I took him away...apparently my baby love has rubbed off on them!
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#doula #columbusdoula #familydoula #phonedoula #firstbaby #babyboy #longlabor #shedidit.

Happy week! Our niece had a baby and ROCKED it. After a couple days of early labor and a night of active, she got to the hospital at 7cm and popped out this sweet little man. Girl, so proud ❤️ My boys loved holding him so much they got mad when I took him away...apparently my baby love has rubbed off on them! . . #doula #columbusdoula #familydoula #phonedoula #firstbaby #babyboy #longlabor #shedidit ...

It was a joy to witness Tory and Carsten’s determination and perseverance during such a long labor.  Tory trusted her body and gently brought her little one earthside. . . 💙
Tamino entered the world at 7 lbs 1/2 oz & 19 inches. . .

#breathoflifebaby #laborishardwork #longlabor #determinedcouple #strongmom #prouddad #birthcenter #birthcenterbirth #empoweredbirthproject #empoweredbirth #hypnobabies #hypnobirthing #doula #midwives #tampabaybirth.

It was a joy to witness Tory and Carsten’s determination and perseverance during such a long labor. Tory trusted her body and gently brought her little one earthside. . . 💙 Tamino entered the world at 7 lbs 1/2 oz & 19 inches. . . #breathoflifebaby #laborishardwork #longlabor #determinedcouple #strongmom #prouddad #birthcenter #birthcenterbirth #empoweredbirthproject #empoweredbirth #hypnobabies #hypnobirthing #doula #midwives #tampabaybirth ...