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Testimonials from clients of New Moon Midwifery, Ann Arbor Michigan

New Moon Midwifery

  » In Mother Words - Reflections on homebirth

In recent years, we’ve asked our clients to tell us about their birth experiences. We’d like to share what they have to say about about why they chose homebirth and some of their favorite aspects of their babies’ births. Here they are, in mothers’ words.

What was your favorite aspect of your baby’s birth?

After she was born, nothing was rushed. I had plenty of time to sit with her and nurse her. Then we took a bath when I was ready. That was the best!

Pulling her up as she came out. I’ve wanted to catch my own baby since before I had kids.

The whole morning was absolutely perfect. Would not change a thing. I especially loved having our older daughter present and in the tub with us.

Being at home in comfortable surroundings and being able to make choices.

That I was able to labor as I wished, yet encouraged to do certain things to help me along. My husband caught our son without interference. We had someone there who loves what she does.

Being surrounded by people who love me, in my space.

Going through my physical and mental preparation helped to heal the psychological scars from my previous C-section.

That she was born at home in the Jacuzzi tub.

I appreciated that my midwives encouraged me to trust my body, placing the power in my hands.

Seeing the birth in a mirror, feeling baby move down during pushing and birth, feeling baby emerge.

To be able to hold her right away, and in an unhurried manner, and all the support given to allow me to do it myself.

The fact that it was under water.

The simplicity of the home environment, the empowerment, the family-friendly atmosphere, the comfort of the after birth time.

My favorite aspect of the birth was the use of the bathtub during labor and birth. It helped immensely with pain relief, and it made the birth a lot less messy. Once I got into the tub I knew I wasn’t getting back out. I am very pleased with my experience with New Moon Midwifery, and I’d recommend homebirth and New Moon to anyone looking for a similar experience.

We were very happy to have the birth at home with midwives. It was such a luxury to be in my own environment and feel comfortable enough to really do what I needed to do in order to cope with labor.

You were all really there for me and were especially conscientious about making sure that I felt good about calling on you without feeling “guilty” about interrupting your lives or feeling foolish about a false alarm.

The best part was seeing my baby for the first time, but I was also very comfortable on my own turf, doing whatever I thought I needed to do.

I loved the freedom and support of being home. I loved knowing that his head was there, before anyone else.

No pressure to adhere to any schedule. Having the whole house to labor in.

Seeing her for the first time, having her birth in her great-great-grandmother’s bed.

Why did you choose to have your baby at home?

Midwives at home are very supportive of the mother and her needs during labor and after the birth. Homebirth is a very empowering experience.

First choice for birth place, personal values, and instructions from God!! :-)

I chose homebirth because I never envisioned myself having my baby in the hospital. In my opinion, hospitals are places you go when you’re sick, when you need surgery, or when you have an emergency. I wanted a more serene and low intervention birth experience. I wanted more control over my environment and I wanted to make more choices during labor and birth.

We consider birth as a natural part of our lives, not a technical procedure.

We felt a homebirth was a luxurious choice - having wonderful, nuturing, highly capable people come to us!

Comfort, cleanliness, flexibility, dignity, spousal involvement, privacy, you name it!! I wanted my first birth experience to be as positive as possible for my husband and me, while being safe and welcoming for my baby.

We didn’t want to treat a natural process as a medical emergency. Additionally, we were convinced that, had an emergency arisen, our midwives were knowledgeable and capable of performing a transport to a local hospital.

Need for compassion and sensibility toward the way birth should be.

I wanted what would be best for my baby, mainly freedom of movement, and no interventions. It was extremely important to me not to have drugs and feel in control, and have a say about what was happening to me.

Comfort of being at home, vs. strange surroundings. I need to be away from drugs and interventions, or I would probably use them! Safety.

I believe babies and mothers do best doing things the natural way in a comfortable atmosphere.

We wanted a normal natural birth in a comfortable and peaceful setting. Also, due to prior C-section, our options for a midwife-attended hospital birth were limited and very restricted, and we didn’t want continuous electronic fetal monitoring, etc.

I didn’t want the risks that a hospital can bring to a normal delivery.

Because I don’t think birth needs to be in a hospital.

I wanted to do it my way (nobody telling me what and how to do it).

I followed my heart.

I felt confident in my body’s ability to let my baby out.