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A Village Maternity Birthing Experience

by Lynn

We are a young couple who were filled with anticipation and slight anxiety going into our second pregnancy but first child. After a loss, we were more cautious but also understood the importance of being flexible. As time drew close to meeting our little one, we decided to take a birthing class and educate ourselves about the “business” of being born. We went for a tour or Metropolitan Hospital and got to know more about Village Maternity as a practice and the people and philosophy behind it. We realized that we wanted to be with a practice which gave the mother time to labor and supports as natural of an approach as possible. At 34weeks we switched from an OB practice to Village Maternity.

At almost 37 weeks I was diagnosed with pregnancy complication and the Metropolitan doctors and midwives have suggested that I be admitted for observations. The next day, my status had not changed and everything started to feel out of my hands. Although, this was a disappointing blow to our “dream delivery” it was what seemed best for me and our baby at the time. Induction was followed by inserting of a balloon, which followed manually breaking my water. Before each procedure, the attending came in (usually accompanied by a nurse or midwife), explained the procedure to me, why they thought it was necessary and the implications before coming back to perform the procedures. I appreciated the diligence of all the staff members and for treating me as an educated individual rather than a patient who knows nothing and should just be quiet. After 48 hours of early labor and what I thought was “active” labor (the pain and contractions were so strong I eventually asked for nitro gas and an epidural) I was not dilating and only at 4cm, another blow to our already shattered dream delivery.

After 48 hours of induced labor, my son Vincent, joined us on Friday, March 17 at 10:25pm via cesarean. Although, born early, he was healthy and weighed 7lbs 2oz. The take home message I got from this experience is to be flexible. Our ideal birth was to avoid surgery and to avoid interventions but health complications made it a complicated situation. I felt completely in safe and trusted hands. The nurses, doctors and midwives both from Village Maternity and Metropolitan Hospital are kind, gentle and very attentive to my needs and wishes. They answered all of our questions and did not force me to do anything I did not want to do. I am so grateful for the team that helped support, encourage and take care of me throughout the ordeal. If we decided to have another child later on in life, we would not go anywhere else; these women are like family.