I recently realized how much I read through other mother’s birth stories as I came closer to my due dates with my children. I remember how inspiring and how much courage each story gave me. Even though each one was completely different, it was perfect and the way God planned for it to go. So I decided to add a new section to my website that now will include YOUR Birth Stories. It can be helpful for us as mothers to write or type our birth story out not only to share it, but also to help process it. Many of us enjoying reading other people’s stories and I want to give some mothers a platform to share their story. I hope to share one every month or even more! As a disclaimer, some of these stories are from clients of Short Little Blessings and other’s aren’t but I in no way change the wording of the stories. I’m quoting the mothers that sent in their stories. If you want to share your birth story please fill out this form SLB Birth Stories Submission and we will contact you about sharing your story.
This is the story of a mother who had two darling boys but finally got her princess!
“I had never used a doula and by my third pregnancy, figured I definitely didn’t need one now! My husband and I had met Chrissy at church and when she asked if she could be our doula, I agreed thinking that she was still new to this profession and needed all of the experience she could obtain. I thought I had my game plan for labor and delivery drilled into my head; I would be fine!
I lost my mucus plug at 7 AM on January 14th and immediately thereafter, began having strong contractions. I texted Chrissy and told her I would be at the hospital soon. My husband pulled up to the hospital doors a few minutes before 9. I had my eyes clenched tight so that I could focus on my breathing. The first sound I heard was Chrissy’s as the car door opened. I can’t remember what she had asked or said, but I remember her voice being soft and comforting. She didn’t bombard me with remarks or questions, either, which was great since I wouldn’t have been in the mood for that!
My husband was there to hold my hand and comfort me, but I didn’t realize how comforting it would be to have Chrissy. Although my husband is in the medical field, I believe the excitement clouded his mind! Chrissy had him rub my back (I was on my side) while she cooled my forehead with a rag and quietly told me how well I was doing and the progress being made. I think if my husband would have told me I was doing well, it wouldn’t have been as credible. Not only had Chrissy been through delivery herself, she knew the excruciating pain I was going through. The “you’re doing great” remark from my husband would have felt so ordinary. Her massages were also on point. I sincerely think that also helped me calm down and have a picture-perfect delivery.
Shortly after our 9 pound and 8 ounce daughter arrived (whom my husband said was to be named “Veronica” instead of her REAL name, “Viktoria”!! His head was in the clouds!) Chrissy made sure I was comfortable and slipped out. I remember she had said that we could kick her out at any time, but her presence was so significant. You don’t need to worry that she’ll “take over” or “interfere” with the experience between you and your partner. If anything, she will make the experience for the both of you so much more enjoyable and calming.”
Birth Story by Michelle Beckman
Doula & Photographer: Short Little Blessings