Welcome to my little corner of the web!
My name is April… but these days I’m mostly known as “Momma” to my little girl Lileah.
I am passionate about natural childbirth and I hope to share with you some of the exciting discoveries I have made as a new momma, and as a natural childbirth student and instructor.
My story started three years ago…
My journey into motherhood was the most profound and powerful experience of my life
When I got pregnant I felt that as my body was expanding I was growing and evolving too.
My thoughts evolved and so did my emotions, and I felt myself being magically transformed into something completely new. I was becoming a Mom!
The petty things I was worried about at first like feeling fat, not being able to fit into my clothes and not being able to enjoy margaritas out with my girlfriends didn’t seem that important.
What was most important now was my baby. And I realized that if I possessed the ability to carry life inside of me, then I possessed the ability to love and nurture that life too.
I set out to completely transform myself into the best “me” that I could be!
I started by addressing and releasing my negative emotions and preconceptions.
This is important, because I wanted to make sure my baby experienced an environment of love and acceptance even before she was born.
This was not always easy, but I felt that I owed it to my baby and myself to do everything I could to give her the absolute best start in life!
I began to educate myself on how to have a healthy pregnancy and give my baby the best birth possible…
In my heart I had always known that I wanted to have a natural childbirth. My Mom had given birth to me and my brother naturally at home, so I knew it could be done.
But, I wasn’t the only one in the equation…
At first Andy was not convinced that a natural home birth would be the safest, most responsible way to have our baby. We both agreed that we would not make a decision until we had found out all of the facts.
So I became a natural childbirth “geek”
I spent long hours at the library reading everything I could about the whole medical vs. natural childbirth debate. I interviewed midwives, doulas and obstetricians and spoke with women I knew who had given birth naturally and in hospitals.
Then I shared my findings with Andy…
And the more we learned the more we both realized that a natural water birth was the best choice for us. So I immersed myself even deeper into learning about natural childbirth, became involved with my local birthing center, and when the time came…
We ended up having the most amazing and perfect birth experience!
We did it together. Our first act as a family…
Andy, I and our baby… perfectly calm and relaxed…completely loving and trusting… in each other and my body’s natural ability… gave birth to our perfect baby girl!
The whole experience of bringing our child into the world in such a loving way has bonded us together and enriched our lives in a way we could never have imagined.
I knew immediately that I couldn’t keep this a secret!
I felt that this was something incredible that I should share with others…
Giving birth naturally has changed my life in such a big way that I’m now a natural childbirth instructor working in a wonderful birth center in Eugene, Oregon helping other woman and families to have their own wonderful experiences.
I started this blog to share with you what I’ve learned and help you prepare for a wonderful birth of your own
I hope that when the time comes you will be confident and prepared to give birth naturally. Your fears and questions will have been answered, and you will be able to freely give yourself and your baby the gift of a beautiful, peaceful and loving birth.
Thank you so much for reading!
If you have a suggestion for a topic, a question or want to share your advice about natural childbirth please post in the comments below. I look forward to talking with you!
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