Updated: Oct 29, 2019
I had the privilege of meeting Trisha and Kevin very early in their pregnancy. During our initial Doula Consult, we definitely clicked and I fell in love with their quirkiness. Trisha has a certain "free spirit" vibe that sucks you right into falling in love with her. This couple LOVES adventure. They went on a spontaneous trip to ICELAND just a couple months before honeymooning in AFRICA. So it was no surprise when Trisha told me her sole reason for considering an unmedicated childbirth was pure curiosity. Nothing more, nothing less. Curiosity. Plain and simple. Fastforward to our first prenatal visit... I went to Trisha and Kevin's home to teach them all about breastfeeding. They were so prepared and engaged. I told Trisha how blessed she is to have such a supportive husband. We laughed, we learned, and then we planned our next prenatal visit: Birth Preferences. Just a week before our next appointment, Trisha hit 36 weeks. Now if you've looked around my site any, you know I go on call at 38 weeks, but if your baby comes sooner, I make every attempt to be there... So the day Trisha hit 36 weeks, I woke up in Maryland, vacationing at the Chesapeake. I arrived home in New Jersey that afternoon, the same time I got a text, "My water broke..." Woah. Game time. We haven't even gotten a chance to learn about all her labor options, let alone create any kind of "birth plan". I was debating whether or not I should head to the hospital early so we could go over all that fun stuff, or stay home and rest. Ultimately, I decided to head on over. Something was pulling me to get there ASAP. I arrived at Virtua Vorhees around 6pm on Sunday evening.
After talking to Trisha's midwife a couple times, we realized the "plans" would change quite a bit. Trisha was thrown a pretty huge curveball, but I was confident this one of a kind Mama Bear would handle this situation with an unrivaled strength and I was right! I have never witnessed a woman be such a strong self advocate. Even though this sweet baby bear decided to make her arrival a full month early, Trisha decided she would be calling the shots on this experience. She wanted to avoid augmentation if possible, so we got to work fast. We walked, we lunged, we bounced, we swayed, we laughed, we relaxed, we ate, we drank (tea!), and soon this mama who chatting through contractions started breathing through contractions.