I met Fabiana shortly after I moved to Sheridan. She was beginning her journey as a doula with Earthside Doula Services at the same time I was transferring my childbirth education business to Sheridan, Wyoming. When we first met, I remember thinking, ‘What a sweet soul!’ She has a open, loving presence and is passionate about her faith, family, and doula’ing for families in the Sheridan and Buffalo areas. She was our doula when Hazel was born (when she was pregnant with Corinth), and she took a Comprehensive Childbirth Class with her husband, Caleb.
I think it’s important to write down our birth stories because it’s in these moments that we grow, we become someone new.
No matter if this is the first baby or the tenth. So here is my birth with Corinth.
I am so thankful for the people that held space for me while I was preparing and during my birth.
Laura Simpson with Sheridan Birth Services, my chiropractor Dr. Johnson, Amy Willard Borrelli with Journey Birth Services, Jaqueline Lopez, and my husband and the women that supported us on such a special day. Having a birth team that believed in me is something I will never regret.
I woke up the morning of the 11th from a dream that I was having that placed me in the middle of Yellowstone National Park having my baby.
When I woke up at 4:45 a.m., I just started smiling thinking, ‘Now, wouldn’t that be something.’ I came to realize I must have been having contractions while I was sleeping and this was the way my body was handling them.
When 6 a.m. rolled around and Caleb started stirring, I told him I believed this would be baby day.
Soon after I texted my sister (who would have to drive from Denver) that I thought she should head up at some point. Caleb went on to work and I took Liam to school, while my mom hung out with August at home. When I got back, Caleb had returned from work because he said, “I had this look.” I called Amy, my wonderful midwife, about 9 to just let her know that I was having game-day contractions and would be in touch as things progressed.
I went ahead and blew up the birth pool and went through my list for the 100th time to make sure we had everything in order.
Amy and Jacqueline arrived at my house about 12 p.m. to check vitals on myself and the baby. At this point contractions were ranging from 7 to 10 mins apart, lasting about a minute, but I was still able to function through them. So they went and grabbed a bite to eat and adventured around Buffalo since it was amazing out.
After lunch we put the kids to bed and I went out to tell Caleb that I was going to lay down as well.
If anyone knows my husband, you know he cannot sit still. He had started a pretty big project of putting windows in the chicken run to keep himself busy. So my mom and myself helped him get them in and then I put myself down for a nap. My most favorite time of day! I ended up calling Amy a little before 6 p.m. and asked them to come back because the contractions were getting more intense and I wanted to be checked because, mentally, I thought it would be good for me.
When they returned I was at 6 cm.
I continued to labor on hands and knees, over the couch, or on my birth ball. It was wonderful to not have to leave my home and have my house filled with love. My sister had made it during the time I was sleeping which brought me great comfort. And somehow it has worked out perfectly for my mom to be here from GA to make all three births of my babies. At this point we called our friend Julie to come get the kids as I need silence during my births and needed their little bodies and mouths elsewhere.
Once they left my contractions started to get more intense and a little before 7 p.m. Amy told me it may help if I got in the birth pool.
I can’t really explain the impact that made on the intensity of my contractions. It made such a difference on my ability to cope. Between the water, having Caleb there to simply hold my hands (although somehow he did find a way to make 2 pizzas during this time), and a room full of women that believed in me brought me complete peace.
I’m not really sure what time it started but transition seemed short and I could feel my baby moving down.
My water broke during transition and I believe my body pushed 3 to 4 times before he was born. I remember hearing that his head was out and shortly after felt him literally shoot out into the supportive hands of Jacqueline and Amy ( at 7:29 p.m.). Very soon after Caleb announced the baby was a boy.
There is really nothing like bringing a life into this world!
After I birthed the placenta, they got me in bed and continued to take care of me. Not very long after, our older kiddos came home to meet their little brother and Liam got to read him his first book. Caleb made me the best smoothie I have ever tasted and we all got to marvel at baby Corinth in the comfort of our own home.
I can’t really describe how safe I felt in the hands of Amy and Jacqueline and how loved each person in the room made me feel.
I feel really blessed to have birthed three babies and just how amazing this experience was.