Talk About Your Good Birth Experiences!

Those of us who have embraced birth in all its power and strength should start sharing about it!

We need to share, with all who are interested, what we have accomplished.  Have you ever noticed that people are so fast to tell you about how bad or scary their birth was, or a family member’s birth?  Do you realize that the more we stay quiet and let those be shared but not our stories the more we perpetuate the lie that birth should be feared!  The only way to counter the fear of birth is to let people know that it does not have to be a fearful event!  We all must have a respect of birth and realize that ultimately we are not in complete control but that we can for sure effect our outcome by the things we expect birth to be.

So many people expect birth to be a scary, painful and fearful event.  When they have this expectation this is generally what they get.  This is so sad because it does not have to be the case.  With knowledge and the right support we can have a better experience.  We can and should fill our minds with positive thoughts, expectations and outcomes. We can build stronger confidence, faith and belief in our body.  If we do these things we will come to find that our bodies are so much more capable and we are more powerful and stronger than we every knew!  We can help others do this when we share our own experience of powerful birth.

Now….do not get me wrong!  Birth is not a cake walk!  It will always bring you to a place of surrender and doubt!  The majority of us have had to work very hard, even when birth was a great experience.  We should never be afraid of hard work!  In reality birth will be easy compared to the next 18 years of loving, nurturing and raising a human.

It is my belief that the fear of birth is what drives up the complications and poor outcomes.  Of course this is not always the case, we cannot always fix every problem with our mindset.  What we can do is have positive expectations but also an open mind to respond to whatever may come our way.

When we share our story of a good outcome and birth experience it allows others to see what is possible.  I know I am so thankful for the person who first told me about her home births and her sharing is what started me down the road of seeking out the same type of care for myself.  We are also able to let others see that we have a confidence that they too can have.

I think the reason we are reluctant to share our great stories is  because we don’t ever want to offend anyone.  I am sorry but if someone gets offended because you had a good experience that is their problem not yours.   Of course this does not mean you should pin everyone down and tell them everything.  What I am talking about is for example…..you are sitting with a group of other women, perhaps at a park or moms group or playdate….a pregnant mom is talking about her upcoming birth and everyone starts telling her about how terrifying theirs was.  This is a perfect time to also chime in with how you had a good experience and that it is also a possibility for her.  Do not be forceful in your approach but also do not be afraid to share because you have a different perspective than everyone else present.  Of course we should never force our opinion on others but for sure at least put the idea out there that birth can be good!    You have no idea what futures you may impact by letting other people know how safe and good birth can be.  Your story is just as valuable and important as all the other scary birth stories.

I know this can be sensitive but as an elder mother, (I only say that because I have been a mother for 27 years now, 8 times over and have worked with many women) I have seen how one woman sharing her story can impact other women.  Even if you only ever impact one other woman to think deeper about her choices you have impacted society for the better.  Do not discount the power of this duplicated.

Have your good birth stories been received well?

Have you been shut down from sharing your good birth story?

Have you been reluctant to share? If so why?

 

Home birth is a valid and safe option with the right provider.

As a birthing mother I wanted to make sure that the provider I chose was someone who knew what they were doing and who I knew would keep me and my baby safe.  I also wanted someone who I liked personality wise.

Now as a legally practicing home birth midwife I encourage potential clients to ask questions of the providers they are interviewing, be that Dr’s or midwives, about their statistics.  How many births have they attended?  What was their training like?  How many complications have they managed, what type?  How would they manage this specific complication?  How many moms were successful in VBAC?  How many moms ended up with a c-section? And many many more questions.  It is important that you are comfortable with your midwife, not only from the standpoint of personality compatibility but also from an education and experience perspective.

What makes me really sad is when people simply call themselves a midwife but have not done any work as an apprentice under the supervision of a senior midwife.  In the home birth world it is imperative to have worked under supervision of someone more experienced so that you can have a guiding hand should you need one in, at least, your first 50 births you manage.  Book knowledge alone is never going to cut it when it comes to complications that can and do arise in birth!  It honestly infuriates me when a so called ‘midwife’ gets a bad outcome but she never had any formal training or apprenticeship and was someone who simply asserted herself into the birthing world only a few years ago.  Some say that if midwifery was legal in all states this would never happen.  I disagree because we often have properly credentialed and legal midwives who also end up with bad outcomes.  There really is no perfect scenario.  Licensure cannot possibly address the entire issue because there will always be those ‘under the table’ midwives and there is no way that just because you hold a credential means you are going to always make the best judgement calls.

We also have the problem of hospital staff looking down on midwifery and legal midwives.  This creates a tension for the families that should not be there.  The reality is that in countries where midwifery is respected and more common they have much better outcomes for women and babies.  This is a fact that cannot be denied.

Then we have the other issue of is hospital birth really safe?  This is a direct quote from an article I recently read written by a hospital based OB/GYN (1): “Unfortunately, giving birth at a hospital isn’t universally safe. NPR reported that the United States is the only developed nation with an increasing rate of maternal death, which has more than doubled from 1987 to 2015. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, it is now nearly twice as dangerous to give birth here as it is in Britain, France or Germany, despite the fact that the United States spends more on health care per capita than these countries. ACOG notes that the statistics are even more dire among minorities, with black women being three to four times more likely to die than white women.”

As a Certified Professional Midwife I hold the only national credential that specializes in the home birth setting.  This credential also requires book knowledge and many months, and often several years, of apprenticeship under a senior midwife.   This is the only credential that focuses on out of hospital care.  My specialty is providing respectful patient participation prenatal care along with peaceful, gentle and safe birth for mom and baby.  My clients participate in shared decision making and are never shamed for their decisions.  Their babies are born gently and safely at home.  I carry all the needed items to respond to any emergency.  When the need arises to go to the hospital we go!

I have one more baby to arrive to finish out 2019 but I did go ahead and compile my statistics so far for 2019.  To be totally honest this was a very difficult year for me in my practice.  I had to learn many lessons and solidify theories, some of which are:

  • Transferring to the hospital does not insure a good outcome. In fact, going to the hospital can cause greater harm than staying home.
  • Babies can be born early and perfectly healthy with no need for medical intervention after birth.
  • Breech babies can be born at home as a planned event with no bad outcomes.  I already knew this as I had a couple of surprise breech babies in previous years with grandmultips but this year 2019 started off with a planned breech at home which was a first for me.  When I really researched what was best for my client and for her baby in respect of their wishes it was clear that she was not guaranteed a better outcome by us choosing to go to the hospital.  We practiced shared decision making with clear guidelines of what we were all comfortable with and had a great outcome at  home.  Disclaimer…I take these cases very individually and reserve the right to decline this service for anyone at any time.  This is not something I will offer every family with a breech.
  • Chiropractic care can help a struggling baby, better than NICU teams, when the baby endured a difficult delivery.
  • There are many unknown causes for infections in babies and no matter how many spinal taps and NICU stays Dr’s require they are often clueless as to the cause or the best treatment moving forward.

In regards to that here are my statistics for 2019:

Home birth is safe with Sabrina Bias CPM

I support natural birth out of the hospital with great respect for the fact that we do not have perfect bodies and therefore things do not always go as planned.  I am not afraid to transport a mom or baby if it is needed.  Most of the time birth is perfect and beautiful and needs nothing more than encouraging respect, love and support.  However, I am comfortable with and do have the skills to respond to any emergency that may come up.

I am so very thankful for the years I spent working under the supervision of more experienced midwives.  I was able to encounter a wide variety of complications that now help me to have a more well rounded view of birth and emergency response, critical thinking skills and respect for each family’s wishes and desires.

Midwifing is not a right it is a very great responsibility and I am very grateful for each and every family who trusts me to be on their team!

 

1  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/31/opinion/home-births.html?fbclid=IwAR2qKzrXsJ5hrCkojp4IL01U7O6aZFFJlthKbaxMEyc7BiqeCnE37aACVH8

What are my options if my baby is breech?

Breech delivery is a very controversial topic in the birth world here in the United States..  I recently read an article(*1) from a Dr speaking about her own experience of having a breech baby.  She shares so many of the common concerns that expecting women have when they find out their baby may be or is for a fact breech.   These feelings include fear, worry, doubt in their body’s ability to birth naturally,  and the list goes on and on.   The women in this case who have had natural healthy vaginal deliveries before feel conflicted because they are hearing a Dr telling them vaginal birth is too risky but this woman believes in her body and in her gut instinct and she believes her body is more than capable.  What is this woman to do when her Dr is telling her vaginal birth is not an option?  The reality is that women are not being fully informed on the true risks and benefits of the vaginal option with their breech baby and this must change!  Providers need to start having an open and true informed discussion with their patients about the real risks of both vaginal birth and Cesarean section delivery.    All too often women find that they do not even have an option, if their baby is breech they are required to have a c-section.  Is this the best option?  Is this really safer for mom and baby? Let us open up the discussion to find out what is really behind this controversy.

In the year 2000 there was a clinical trial called the Term Breech Trial (*2) and they came to the conclusion that c-section was safer and therefore ACOG recommended routine surgical deliveries for all breech babies.  Let us dig deeper into this trial.  In this trial there were 2083 participants.  1041 planned c-sections and 1042 planned vaginal birth.  Of the 1042 planning a vaginal birth only 591 actually delivered vaginally which is about a 57% rate of the total who attempted it.  (The c-section rate(*3) in this country overall is 32% on average.)   Of the 1042 babies who were either born vaginally or planned a vaginal birth but ended up with a c-section,  a poor outcome(either trauma or death) occurred 52 times or 5% of the time.  Of the planned c-sections this occurred 17 out of 1042 or 1.7% of the time.

This can seem as if it is a clear cut case.  Let us now examine  the rate of maternal death or severe trauma.  In the planned c-section group this happened 41 out of 1042, 3.9% and of the planned vaginal deliveries it occurred 33 out of 1042,  3.2%.
So the risk to the mothers is pretty much the same between those who had vaginal birth and those who had a planned c-section.

However, we really need to dig deeper into these results. Some of the babies born vaginally died of circumstances that had nothing to do with the route of delivery.  Specifically, 2 of the vaginal birthed babies died of infection that began several days after delivery, not at all associated with their mode of delivery.  Another investigation(*4) into the Term Breech Trial done 2 years later states “Most of the children with serious neonatal morbidity after birth survived and developed normally. In this cohort, 17 out of 18 children with serious morbidity in the original study were normal at this 24-month follow-up. Another explanation is that the use of pooled mortality and morbidity data at the time of birth overstated the true long-term risks of vaginal delivery.”

Based on the few follow up trials done, beginning in 2002, ACOG went on to change their statement on vaginal breech birth and are now in support of informed consent!  This is exactly what they say right on their own website published in June 2006:  “Since that time, there have been additional publications that modify the original conclusions of the 2000 Term Breech Trial. The same researchers have published three follow-up studies examining maternal outcomes at 3 months postpartum, as well as outcomes for mothers and children 2 years after the births.”  “There are many retrospective reports of vaginal breech delivery that follow very specific protocols and note excellent neonatal outcomes. One report noted 298 women in a vaginal breech trial with no perinatal morbidity and mortality. Another report noted similar outcomes in 481 women with planned vaginal delivery. Although they are not randomized trials, these reports detail the outcomes of specific management protocols and document the potential safety of a vaginal delivery in the properly selected patient.”

In light of this information we need to more closely consider that the bigger issue here is the fact that women deserve true informed consent and to be lead to the more up to date research.  We recognize that it is very hard to find a provider who will consider ‘allowing’ a breech birth.  This does not mean that surgical delivery is safer, it is just what is more convenient for some providers.  Keep searching!  There is a provider out there who might be willing to work with you!

We, as women, need to speak up for ourselves. We need to do our own research and bring this information to our Dr’s or midwives.  Unfortunately, many Dr’s and midwives are not giving full informed consent.  This means they are not giving you ALL the information.

The reality is that c-sections, although now routine, are not risk free or easy.  They severely interfere with the mother baby bonding hour after birth.  C-sections are also a major operations that take weeks if not longer to recover from.

We as women need to listen more to our own inner voice.  If you do not agree with what you have been told then keep seeking until you find the right answer that you can feel good about.

This brings us to the deeper and more important issue of the relationship between women and their providers.  This is why midwifery care is so paramount to pregnancy and birth.  I, as a midwife, help families feel respected and valued.  I also help babies to be born gently.  What I provide for my families is a trusting relationship.  I support their decisions.  We are able to work together to come to a care plan that we can all be comfortable with. This is important in every single pregnancy and birth and not only in the breech situation, but MOST important when we are facing a breech baby.

 

1-https://slate.com/technology/2019/10/breech-babies-c-section-vaginal-birth-evidence-trust-women.html?fbclid=IwAR1Mzt8Le5tlIfQAUj8UEFnwU1i1ydB3UN5dk2Ft6Z6iLNaT136d3nCnfcA

2-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11052579?report=abstract

3-https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/cesarean_births/cesareans.htm

4-https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Mode-of-Term-Singleton-Breech-Delivery?IsMobileSet=false

 

I’ve given birth…NOW WHAT?

As a midwife I feel that my work really only begins with the birth!  Pregnancy is one thing and then postpartum is a whole ‘nother story!

I practice a holistic approach to caring for women which is based on a relationship and involves at least 5 or more postpartum care visits to help you get started on a good foot.  The sad thing is that only about 1% of women in my local area are choosing home birth midwifery care!  I am on a mission to get as many women as I can to realize that individualized care is the better way to go but until more women start actually choosing out of hospital providers we all have to work harder to change things for ALL women!

It is appalling to me that when women deliver in a hospital they are turned loose in 24-48 hours and are not seen again by their care provider for several weeks!  So many things can go wrong during the first couple of weeks after having a baby!  Women are experiencing so much more crammed into a few short weeks then the entire 9 months of pregnancy combined!

ACOG is announcing in their May release that they are recommending a change in the postpartum care schedule from 1 visit over 6 weeks to 3 visits over 12 weeks.  While I am very glad to see this recommendation I hope the Dr’s will begin implementing this, I am not holding my breath!  (ACOG has made many recommendations that have not been embraced by Dr’s.) They are also supporting a full 6 weeks of PAID paternal leave with 100% benefits!  Finally they are hearing the women and responding, now all we need to do is get the Dr’s themselves and the employers on board!

In a typical relationship with a family who has allowed me to serve them for their care I see them at least 5 times in the first 6 weeks after birth.  I will see them more if needed.  The reality is that the transition to motherhood, even if it is not your first time, can be extremely difficult.  Half of all women who die from pregnancy related complications do so in the first few weeks after actually having their baby! So these things are happening at home when you have already been released from the hospital!  This is one reason why midwifery care is better because we come to you whenever you need it during that important postpartum period of at least 6 weeks.  You need a competent and supportive provider who will actually be present to help you with the many different issues:

-Breastfeeding

-Engorgement  -Helping baby latch on

-Evaluating for tongue or lip ties

-Healing after birth

-Mood variances

-Watching for complications that can be life threatening

-Evaluating the health and well being of the baby

-Supporting the emotional variances in each unique woman

-And so much more!

There is so much that needs to be done to support new moms!  This begins during the pregnancy through educating women on what to expect, how to prepare for this difficult yet wonderful time and helping women set up the right support system to help her in those early days.

Mentally prepare yourself to take VERY special care of yourself for an additional full 12 weeks, this is sometimes called the 4th trimester.   This is honestly likely the most important phase of welcoming a new baby. This is the time when you really have the HARD life struggles of caring for a new life, a new body, and all the issues that come along with breastfeeding and an expanding family.

So what does this really look like?

Before the baby even gets here make it clear to your extended family and friends that they are only allowed to come over to see baby if they are willing to:  -bring a meal  -do laundry  -clean a bathroom  -do some dishes  -or anything else you may need done!

They also should not come unannounced! They need to check in first to make sure it is a time when mom and baby are not resting or feeding and only stay a short while.

You need to give yourself a full week of doing nothing but caring for  yourself and your baby!   Do not plan any outings, stay home.  Mom and dad and other siblings need a good several days of bonding without a lot of visitors!  Breastfeeding can be hard those first few days and very few women are comfortable doing so in front of visitors.  Have another adult or older responsible teenager in the home to help with the other children, laundry, meals and basic household duties.  This should be the partner but if there is not a partner or if he must return to work right away then plan for this!  Women should NEVER jump right back into their normal work load! They need at least a week to do nothing, then another week to slowly start doing a few more things then still take it easy for a while longer.

As mothers, sisters and friends we should also support and encourage other women to do the same when they become a new mom, I do not care if you are having your first or your 6th baby, the same rules apply here!

I do what I can with my clients who are having home births. I would like to be able to reach more women with this vital information.  Please share this with as many as you can and be this support when you have a close woman going through the 4th trimester.

 

*Link to the ACOG update 

Am I Cut Out For Natural Birth?

I hear women say all the time,

“I want to be in the hospital in case something happens” or

“I want to have my first baby in the hospital and if it goes well I will maybe try a home birth next time” or

“If I were at home I would have died!” or or or ……….. it goes on and on.

The problem with this thinking is that it is all backwards.

The rate of intervention and c-sections in the hospitals is not conducive to any of these lines of thought.   The reality is you have a much better chance of having a great birth if you do it at home with a skilled attendant!   Women are dying because of all the routine interventions and because they are not getting the individual personal care every single women deserves!

You see the midwife model of care is so vastly different from the medical model of caring for pregnant and laboring women they cannot even begin to be compared!  In the hospital there are so many rules, regulations, restrictions and policies that hinder a healthy women from having an all natural birth.  The environment itself is a huge issue and you have all these people in and out. You have cultivated a relationship with a Dr over your pregnancy and the chances of actually getting that Dr are slim to none, unless you schedule your delivery which leads to a whole host of other huge issues that cause interventions that cause bad outcomes.   It cascades into a mess and then you arrive at home a few days later wondering how your actual experience veered so far off track and how you ended up with so much that you never wanted and you may even have some type of trauma just because so much happened to you and it happened so fast that you were not able to wrap your head around it at the moment.

You see……the deal is most healthy women do not need that!  This does not have to happen to you!  Most healthy women do just fine and have beautiful healthy babies and have an experience they will cherish forever, even first time moms!

You have choices and you can have a beautiful, empowering, respectful home birth with a caring attendant who will include you in every decision made and you will cherish the memory!

As a midwife I have a deep relationship with my birthing clients and am vested in the very best outcome for them and their babies!!  I monitor you very closely and will get you to a medical facility right away if you or your baby need to be there.

What has got me on this topic?………Just in the last week I have come across so many articles where women are being severely overlooked with severe health issues during labor or in the immediate postpartum period and they are dying or coming very close to it.  NPR is doing a huge ongoing investigation to the death rate of women because these things are not being tracked and no one is being held accountable for them.   These things are not happening in homes this is all happening in big respected hospitals.  It is very scary.   Many of those situations that women come out of saying, “I would have died if I were at home” are often brought on because of unnecessary interventions that never should have happened to begin with that actually put them in danger.  Those things will not happen at home, at least with me as your midwife!!

I do not want you to read this and be afraid of birth.  I want you to read this and realize that you are not necessarily safer if you choose to birth in the hospital.  It is just a different place with many more restrictions on you that make a natural birth more difficult.  Yes, if something really bad were to happen you are where needed interventions can take place but those real emergencies are literally only about a 1% occurrence in normal birth.

You are POWERFUL.

You are STRONGER THAN YOU REALIZE.

You have the POWER to birth your baby safely at home!

I would love to answer specific questions if you are wondering if home birth can be an option for you!

Lifestyle of Natural Living and Wellbeing

As a midwife it is very important to me to be healthy and strong, both physically and mentally.

I have been going down this path for almost 16 years now and I have been learning how to do this first hand very strongly since 2014 when I had an adrenal crash.   It is one thing to do things in a natural way because you know it is best .  It is totally different to be pushed to do things in a natural way because you have become so allergic to everything and sick that your body cannot handle anything but NATURAL and safe and pure.

You see, our environments have become so overwhelmed with toxic overload from man made chemicals that some of us just cannot handle it anymore.  This is me!  My body has forced me to go the alternative route which really is the natural route for most things anymore.  Now I have come to LOVE the all natural life style.  Many of my clients are already here!  Many are much further along in the all natural lifestyle than me.  The thing is there is always someone who is a little behind you and you can always encourage support and guide them!

My natural life has evolved very much over the years.  I have been using herbs and making my own tinctures and herbal supplements for years and have been using essential oils too! However, very recently I just decided to learn as much as I can about essential oils and work harder at implementing them into my life for every day uses!  This is just a natural flow from herbs to oils as and essential oil is just a very condensed herbal infusion.  So different circumstances in my life exposed me to a specific brand of oils and I have felt as if I should be incorporating them into my life and my practice.

This lead me into finding a new and wonderful addiction!

Not only to oils but to a specific brand of oils!

Young Living has opened a whole new world up to me and my senses!  I love these oils!  I have been using health food store oils for many years but recently made the switch to Young Loving and I have been so blown away at the much greater quality of them!  I wish someone would have explained this to me a long time ago!

If you are like me you think an oil is an oil! NO WAY that is WRONG!  The purity and quality and potency of the Young Living oils can NOT in any way be compared to any other oil on the market!

Young Living has a Seed to Seal* promise which is the highest level of qualify control out there!

I have shared these oils with others who have used other brands and they too are shocked at the difference!  I love them so much and a tiny bit goes a long way!

Young Living not only has oils but also has many different health and well being supplements!

These are high quality and I am happy to refer families to use them because I trust the source and they have only natural ingredients.  I can even safely recommend my clients with the MTHFR gene mutation to use these!  I suggest all my expecting and my postpartum moms to use these!

They even have a baby line called Seedlings* and an oil specific for babies called Gentle Baby*

So If you want to know more about essential oils then hit me up!   I will try not to overwhelm you with my enthusiasm!

Perseverance + Persistence equals success!

When you have a big goal in mind and you are moving towards it there will for sure be lots of road blocks, set backs and challenges.

 

This especially happens when you are specifically purposed to do what you are working towards.

 

These can make you doubt why you are doing this and make you wonder if you should keep going.

You can look at these things as telling you to stop and turn around or you embrace them as

opportunities to GROW and BECOME BETTER!  Growing and becoming better is the option I choose!

 

I will ever be growing and learning and encountering new things I have never seen or done.  My old self

often wants to retreat back to where I am comfortable but that does not help me in any way!

 

Even if something is uncomfortable it is wise to ask yourself how you can learn from the experience.

 

Moving forward is the only real option otherwise you are moving backwards.

 

These last few weeks have brought many difficult experiences into my practice.  I could have become

prideful and puffed myself up refusing to realize the learning curve I am on.  I see these trials as an

attempt to weed out the weak and weak I am NOT!

 

I am actually very thankful when these things happen because in the end I am a much better person,

a much better midwife, a much better friend, wife, mother sister daughter….. BETTER in every aspect of my life!

 

I LOVE to learn and grow, even though it does not feel good at the moment!

I am so thankful for mentors who are willing to take the time to guide me and

support me and encourage me!  They see value in what I contribute and

that makes me want to push on!

 

On a different note I have been 5.5 hours away from my family for the past 2.5 months and I am now home (for about a month)

and so happy for it!  I am so very blessed beyond what I could have ever imagined!  I literally have the best husband and children to

hold everything together here at home while I am away chasing a crazy dream.  It also instills in the children to actually chase

your dreams and follow your passion no matter how hard it may be!

 

 

Where have you been?

I have gotten this A LOT lately.  “Where have you been? You are not answering my calls or texts!”

 

Off and on since last October I have been working at a busy rural birth center in Wisconsin.  I have absolutely NO cell reception up here where I am at!  Who would have guessed that there would be a 100 mile circle right here where AT&T does not cover?!

 

SO….If you have been trying to get a hold of me please understand that I am not just ignoring you!  I am simply not getting any calls or texts at all!  I am checking my voice mail a couple times a week from the land line here so you can leave a voice mail or simply email me!  Of course my ‘contact me’ page works well too!

 

What am I doing up here so far away from my awesome family?  Chasing this crazy dream of becoming a Certified Professional Midwife!    I am utterly blessed with a totally wonderful family who takes care of everything while I am away.  My beautiful daughter who steps into my role while I am away is leaving us this year to start her own home.  I will be done just in time for her to launch.   It is a great year!  We are planning for a beautiful union the end of May!

 

I started out up here last fall working with an amazing team and it worked so well (they seem to really like me) they asked me to return this year and so I committed to stick with them for several months.  Since Jan 25th I have been here mainly and only going home to see my family for about 3 days every other week. I will be home the full month of April then will be back here for most of May and June.  Being apart from my family has been the most difficult thing as they are truly my heart and soul!  However, my desire and calling to fill the role of midwife is so strong that I know this is what I need to do to move forward in life.

 

I am sad this has reduced my opportunities to serve families as their doula but it is opening doors for me to do so much more.  Come July I will be home full time again and should not be doing any more of these extended trips.

 

I have formed friendships with these amazing women that will never be broken and I am so thankful for that!

 

I greatly appreciate all the wonderful families who have been so supportive of me and this crazy journey.   I look forward to sharing some great news soon so check back later this spring.

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

 

Sabrina

 

 

Media outlets

I was happy to have the privilege of speaking with a local reporter about natural birth!

You can check out that page by clicking here.

The new low intervention birth program at one of our local hospitals drew the attention of Sarah Shahriari, a local news anchor for a talk radio program.  She invited me to speak about my role as doula and natural birth in general.  We had a wonderful conversation about why some women seek a more natural birth and what inspired me to work in this field.  You can read her words and hear a small portion of that interview HERE.

My ultimate passion in life is sharing the good news that all women have the power within themselves to birth naturally.  It takes education (awareness) and a will to do so, however, with the right team and tools anyone can do it!  I am here to help you to realize the potential you have with in yourself to truly embrace the entire birth experience and cherish it for what it is.  You have this primal power within yourself to do this lost art of birthing your baby naturally.  I am just here to make you realize this and bring this out in yourself.

Anytime I have the chance to share this information I am excited.  When more women learn that they have options and find the right team to achieve their goal the more babies there are that come into the world gently.  Babies deserve to born gently into this world with a team who understand that transition needs to be gentle and respected.

If you are seeking a natural birth at home or in the hospital and have any questions at all please contact me.  I would love to connect you with the right team to support you in your desires.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

2016: My year of greatness!

Well here we are, 2016.  I recall when I was a child I couldn’t even imagine seeing this year.  It is surreal to me that I am living in it!  I always knew I would pursue my dream of making a living doing something I love.  I am almost there!  This road of mine to become a CPM has been a real roller coaster.  I’ve learned more about my own limitations (yes I have discovered I actually have them)  and people than I ever imagined.  Last year was a wonderful year yet also a difficult one as I had to come to terms with my health issues and learn how to live with serious health challenges that I had ignored for far too long.  It was a year of learning and digging myself out of a hole.  All the while there were very great things happening in my family that made 2015 so special in so many ways.

 

It was exactly 3 years ago that I began my serious pursuit of becoming a CPM.  I have forged paths that many said I could not. At this point I can see the end in sight and I am so thankful for where I have been, what I have been through and where I am now.  I have pushed myself to my limits and now know how to work within my challenges.  I have discovered that I am great at what I do and that women really value my contribution to their lives.

 

I am so blessed to have met so many wonderful women this year and to have gained wisdom from sister midwives who have decades of experience.  I have traveled the country more than I ever thought I would in pursuit of this dream. There are genuine women who are honest and true to their cores, like myself, in this work and I am so happy to have discovered them and had the privilege of working with them!  I am so thankful for upfront and honest mentors who are transparent and open with me.  I have found what I began looking for 3 years ago and now I am able to flourish and finish what my heart is set on!

 

There is so much happening here in my life.  My oldest daughter will be married and they will go on a dream honeymoon.  We are gaining a wonderful son who fits perfectly with us.  I have so much to be thankful for yet so much work still to be done.  I embrace the work and look forward to the rewards of my labor.  I will never give up on my dreams!  I want to encourage you to never give up on your dreams either!  Open your mind to great things happening to you and you will soar.  Set higher expectations and watch yourself exceed them!  2016 will be great for you too!