Avery's waterbirth story
I wouldn’t have chosen anyone other than the midwives at OHSU to share that time with my husband and me. Their warm care, open conversation, calming presence and skill all contributed to me having the water birth I wished for.
Lillian's waterbirth story
Giving birth was the most peaceful, beautiful and exhilarating experience of my life. When I close my eyes and revisit the vivid memories of childbirth, I am filled with a sense of calm and joy.
Rosa's birth story
I hope this story is helpful to read. I know there are scary parts in here. I want the message to ultimately be about hope, and what can be accomplished even when the situation is difficult.
Dawn's two very different births
I felt overwhelming joy for the fortune to have had this lovely, natural, life-changing experience of giving birth.
Sahra's birth story
My labor was challenging and could have easily ended in cesarean, but the midwives used creative solutions to help me have the natural birth I wanted.
Jessica’s VBAC story
In the middle of Portland’s snow and ice storm, I delivered my son vaginally, without any medication, with the extraordinary support of my midwife, my doula and my husband.
Tammie’s birth story
When the actual delivery was at hand, I remember the midwives massaging my feet. Who would have thought such a seemingly simple thing would have been so completely relaxing in the middle of labor and pushing?
Eryn’s birth story
When [my midwife] arrived...she took over the small room and within seconds created a birth space for me that was comfortable. Although he was born in ER, which was not my plan, my son came into this world exactly how I hoped he would.
Anya’s VBAC story
This was such an incredibly different experience than my first, this was a self-actualizing experience. It was spiritual. I challenged what I thought were absolutes and found people who trusted me and trusted in the birthing process. In turn I trusted myself.
Aislinn's birth story
I labored in the tub, on the toilet, on the yoga ball and in the hospital bed. The nurse was great about checking the baby’s heart rate periodically, working with me in whatever position I was in (rather than making me lie down).