(The Mom who wrote this testimony had just had her third baby; her first at home. She is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic.)
I will never forget the day I stood in the bathroom doing a home pregnancy test thinking stress was the reason I was late, not because I was pregnant. I squeezed every last drop of developer out of the tube praying it would turn white--it didn't. I was filled with disbelief even after rereading the directions several times to be sure I did the test correctly. I thought I was done having children since I had two already, ages 6 & 8. I began questioning the Lord, but only He knew what a blessing lay ahead for our family.
Having worked in a hospital as a nurse, the information I had about homebirths was negative. My associates in the medical profession were quick to discourage me from having a homebirth. I decided to find out for myself, so I began reading books and made an appointment with Vickie.
My first meeting with Vickie and her assistants was relaxed and very informative. I didn't hold back any questions and was impressed with Vickie's knowledge and professionalism. My ignorance was soon replaced with a confidence and peace about a homebirth. It made so much sense to have a baby naturally instead of making it a medical procedure. My biggest concern was the pain of labor. Marilyn assured me that the pain is less with a homebirth because the mother is more relaxed. Being a "doubting Thomas," I didn't think it could make that big of a difference. At the time, I had no idea how much easier and comfortable labor is in your own home. I left the office that day with a peace that I had made the right choice.
The following months Vickie monitored my progress, answered my questions, and became my friend. I was impressed with the high quality of care and concern I received. It was surprising how comforting it was to know exactly who was going to be present at the birth and have a friendship with everyone. With my previous children, I didn't know any of the assistants, let alone which doctor "on call" would deliver my baby. I looked forward to this birth knowing it would be different from my others but had no idea how unique and rewarding it would be.
The day arrived a little sooner that I hoped, but I started labor anyway. My husband was working in Los Angeles and was on his way home when my labor began. I nervously stayed in bed and prayed the baby would wait until he got home. I called Vickie at 12:30 AM just to let her know what was going on, but really I needed her reassurance--which she gave me. At 4:30 AM my husband made it home, and my labor began to speed up. We called Vickie once again, and she was there before we knew it. I was relieved when everyone was there and couldn't believe I was actually doing this at home!
The labor was so different from the hospital labors I had experienced. I was used to lying in bed, having my water broken by the doctor, and being in a great amount of pain. This time I was able to walk around, drink liquids, and do whatever my body was telling me to do. The pain I had feared so much turned out to be very manageable.
At 7:01 AM our beautiful daughter Amy Katherine was born. It was such a blessing to have my husband and children there to share this joyous event. We loved having our baby with us continually and not having to deal with hospital routine.
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