Posts by: Edenway Birth Center


6 Reasons to Choose Water Birth

 | February 8, 2019 | Posted by:

 

Water birth has become very popular in the last ten years, and it’s no wonder! It’s been dubbed “nature’s epidural” for it’s ability to lessen pain and allow the laboring mother to relax. For many women laboring in the water has helped them achieve a natural birth without the involvement of medication.

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The Birth of Julia Leigh

 | October 19, 2016 | Posted by:

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It was about 1:00 am on March 25th, when a sharp pain in my stomach woke me. Since this was one day before my due date, I knew there was a great chance it was labor beginning. I didn’t want to overthink it because just weeks before I had experienced days of false labor.

 At my check-ups with Rosetta and Kayci, I was dilated the same for about 2 weeks. At every appointment I would tell myself not to get my hopes up. I knew Julia would come when she was ready, but waiting when you’re feeling so huge and uncomfortable seems almost impossible!

The day before when I had another routine check-up I was secretly hoping it was my last! To my surprise and excitement, I was 4 cm dilated and Julia was completely engaged against my cervix. Even though Rosetta didn’t tell me then, she later said that she knew that it was going to be my last check up. Part of me knew something was different that day so I spent time playing and cuddling with Kinsley just soaking in those precious moments of her being our only child.

As I laid there at 1 am, trying to assess the pain I just felt, I started praying that the Lord would give me strength if this indeed was labor. I went to the bathroom and then laid back down in bed. Shortly after, another one came. The difference between these contractions and the ones I had during false labor were noticeable! I decided to get out of bed and rock on my exercise ball. This is what I had done during my whole labor with Kinsley, and I knew it was a great way to help labor progress if this was the real deal. I leaned against our bed and rocked as I listened to the Gilmore Girls episode that was playing on our TV.

After an hour of contractions coming at exactly 5 minutes apart, I woke up Jared. He sat up quickly and said, “Where are we going??” I had a good laugh and told him nowhere but that I was in labor. I called Rosetta and told her I was sure this was it. To make sure it wasn’t false labor, she suggested that I take a shower and see what my contractions did. I stood in there for probably close to an hour and knew my contractions were getting closer together. It felt so good to have that hot water pour down my back when they were getting so intense. Jared sat in the bathroom and timed them and they were 3 minutes apart so I had him call Rosetta so she could come. She lived 45 minutes away so I didn’t want to take any chances!

1The shower was no longer cutting it. I got out and sat on my exercise ball in the bathroom. I had praise and worship music playing and mentally talked myself through each contraction. Since I had Kinsley with a midwife at a Birth Center, I knew exactly what I needed to do to work through the contractions. Knowing I was able to stay home and not have to get in a car to drive anywhere was a relief to me.

At this point, I knew my contractions were 2 minutes or less apart. Just from hearing songs start and end, I could figure out timing. I had Jared rubbing Young Living’s Valor essential oil on my lower back, and I would rub Lavender all over my stomach. It truly did give me some relief. That didn’t last long though! My contractions were very close together and I found myself moaning through them. I’m a quiet sufferer so when I started doing that, I knew I had to be getting close to pushing.

The contractions were so intense I started thinking, “I don’t think I can handle much more of this.” From my previous birth, along with reading and prepping for labor, I knew this thought process was a sign of transition. Reminding myself of how close I was during the break in between contractions, I knew I could do this. I heard the front door open and I knew Rosetta and Kayci had made it.

It was now 4:00 am. The first thing they did was assess me and check Julia’s heart rate. It was strong! The contractions were coming so close together that I barely got a break. I wanted to get in the tub because this was ideally how I wanted to deliver Julia. They helped me get in and I drank some Gatorade because I knew I was going to need strength to push.

With the next contraction in the tub, I felt my body bear down and I knew I needed to push. As soon as I did, my water broke and the pressure was unlike anything I have ever felt! I immediately got onto my knees because I felt as though I couldn’t sit down. Rosetta told me that if I was going to deliver in the tub then I had to actually be in the water because at that moment, I was almost completely out. I felt a little frantic because I felt Julia coming and I wasn’t even trying to push. I decided to get out and sit on the toilet for a minute.

When the next contraction hit I felt Julia’s head coming and Jared said he could see it. I reached down and felt that squishy, little head that was crowning. I stood up and Rosetta had me hold onto Jared as I squatted and pushed. It didn’t take much and she had me stop so my body could stretch to accommodate Julia’s head. With another little push her head come out and one more, her body. It was the BEST feeling! I felt so much joy and relief all wrapped together.

She was born at 4:29 am, just 29 minutes after Rosetta, Kayci, and the team had gotten there! 3

After she came out, I sat down on the toilet because I was exhausted and it was the closest seat. All I could say was, “I did it!” Jared leaned down and kissed me and all I could think about was what an amazing husband I have to have supported me through this, now twice.  He knew I could do it and sharing these moments together was in-explainable.

4I sat there and looked down at this beautiful, red-headed beauty! Her hair was just too much! I couldn’t help but tell her how beautiful she was and how much I loved her. 

After they cut Julia’s chord, Jared held her and they helped me back to my bed. Jared, Julia, and I laid there for about an hour as they monitored all my vitals.

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It was now getting close to 7:00 am and, after receiving some stitches, I was able to get in the herbal bath with Julia. This is when Kinsley woke up. Jared got her up and brought her in to see her new sister. Still sleepy from just waking up, she didn’t say much. She was actually more concerned with the water and why it was brown. She later asked me if it was poop. Oh the mind of a toddler!

7During the herbal bath, the midwifery team that also consisted of another head midwife, and two more assistants, stripped our bed and got our sheets on it and ready for me to crawl in. Best feeling ever! They continued to check my vitals while Jared got me something to eat. I had just finished one of the biggest workouts of my life so I was starving! When he got back, our team prayed over our family before they left. Talk about a special moment! I know this experience would not have been the same without them. They prayed with us constantly, always had encouraging words when I was worried or down, and truly made their imprints as members of our family. I’m beyond thankful for them! Jared and my mom were with me every step of the way and literally took care of EVERYTHING so I didn’t have to worry about a thing.

Julia Leigh Hudgins made her entrance in about 3 ½ hours, which beat her big sister’s 5-hour labor and delivery. It was fast and furious, but the Lord gave me strength I didn’t know I possessed. He gave me peace when many would panic. And, he brought me another priceless jewel that has already changed our lives. He is so good, all the time!

 

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3 Delicious & Nutritious Snack Ideas

 | October 4, 2016 | Posted by:

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I love healthy foods. I love comfort foods. I love to snack. I love to snack on comfort foods. It’s just hard sometimes to bring the “healthy” together with “comfort”. That’s why I’ve thought up some of my most favorite snacks that give me deep satisfaction as I indulge in them. You can adapt these snacks to the different seasons, adding ingredients that make you feel light and tangy for spring and summer or spicy and cozy for fall and winter.

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Meal Planning During Pregnancy

 | September 15, 2016 | Posted by:

 

Oh my word. It’s 5 pm on Monday and (let’s face it) you just got out of your pajamas. All of a sudden you realize that you really should have dinner on the table in the next hour. Add to that the diet sheet that your midwife sent home with you to fill out this week and you realize with startling clarity that you can’t eat out again or she might blow a gasket. Read More


Guest Post: Working & Breastfeeding – On the Go

 | May 4, 2016 | Posted by:
I’ve been the primary (and often sole) earner in my family for the last 5 years, so when I found out I was pregnant, I knew I would join the ranks of so many mothers who try to juggle breastfeeding while working outside the home. I was committed to breastfeeding my son exclusively for 6 months, and at least until he was 1 year old. One REALLY big challenge for me that most working mother’s don’t face – I work for a consulting company and frequent travel is customary.

 

I had hoped that my employer would find a Dallas based project for me when I returned to work full time, but unfortunately, that didn’t work out. About 7 months after my son was born, I was asked to support a client based out of Los Angeles. 1 week later, I started traveling 4 days a week, EVERY week.

 

While I was pregnant, I had purchased a Medela Pump in Style Advanced, before I knew that health insurance would cover a breastpump. I reached out to a few other mothers in my local office to see if anyone had any tips or tricks on how to travel and pump. Breastmilk was still the primary source of nutrition for my son, so I had to figure out quickly how I was going to make this work! Thankfully, some of my colleagues had traveled while breastfeeding and had many great suggestions. I talked to lactation consultants. I called friends. I read every website out there on exclusive pumping.

 

I won’t lie, the first few weeks were REALLY difficult. Since my son was so young, and my flight was over 3 hours, plus the commute time to the airport from my house and from the airport to my client site, I often had to pump in the airport and on the plane while in the air. Pumping on the plane was miserable. I generally just pumped about 10 minutes on each side to keep my milk production up. I pumped in my seat because I decided that was less gross than pumping in the airplane bathroom. I was lucky that I’d built up a bit of a freezer stash anticipating my eventual return to work, but I still wanted to keep every ounce of that liquid gold!

 

It was REALLY frustrating to me that neither DFW nor LAX airports had mothers rooms for pumping. DFW has since opened ONE mother’s room in the A terminal, and California passed a law requiring nursing rooms in all airport terminals before January 2016. Worse than the lack of pumping space in the airport was the inconsistent way TSA dealt with me and my breastmilk. Each week would be a different agent with a different idea of what the appropriate screening protocols would be. LAX was the worst. The very first week, I had over 120oz of breastmilk (packaged in 2-3oz bags) and they pulled every single one out of my cooler bag to inspect it. It took FOREVER and it was so awkward.

 

The first 2 months I pumped every 2-3 hours religiously, even waking up in the middle of the night to pump. I pumped in cars in parking lots, while stuck in traffic on LA freeways, in corners of the airport, in empty offices, in empty conference rooms. I was lucky that my client in Los Angeles, and my subsequent client here in Seattle both were companies that supported breastfeeding mothers. Both client sites had relatively comfortable mother’s rooms with fridges, etc. The only challenge was sometimes there was a line to pump LOL.

 

Thankfully, after 9 weeks I was transferred to another client in Seattle and the airport there has a lovely nursing room and TSA was a lot less of a challenge. This reduced my stress quite a bit. By then, my son was 9 months old and eating a lot more solids. I was able to scale back a bit on how often I needed to pump.

 

There were many weeks I was so frustrated with the added stress of worrying about keeping my milk supply up, healing raw nipples, keeping the milk cold, getting through airport security, leaving the office early to pump, etc that I would want to throw in the towel. I am so grateful that my husband supported me wholeheartedly through this process. He would take the bag of breastmilk when I walked in the door, and pack it in containers to put in the freezer. He would put the baby in our bed for me to nurse or bring him out into the living room if he knew my breasts were full, so I wouldn’t have to pump one more time that week. He washed and sanitized my breastpump parts.

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It seemed like every week I would tell myself that this was the last week. It was too much. My husband told me that if I wanted to stop, he fully supported that decision. He listened while I cried on the phone. And then each Monday I would pack my breastpump tote bag with all my supplies and talk myself into pumping for “just one more week”.

 

Finally, when my son was 2 weeks shy of 1 year old, we ran out of breastmilk before I got home. I freaked out and hopped on the first flight home. In the meantime… my husband calmly went to the grocery store and bought a gallon of whole milk… and my kid drank it without complaint. After that, I decided that I wouldn’t kill myself pumping. I also started trying to think about pumping sessions as being “breaks” from work. I wouldn’t try to multitask any more – I started catching up on TV shows on Hulu or Netflix on my phone! That helped me relax a lot which of course, helps the milk flow. (One time, I laughed out loud watching Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt and there were 2 other moms pumping in the room. They probably thought I was crazy).

 

My son finished weaning about 2 weeks ago at 19 months. So I pumped exclusively 4 days a week while living out of a suitcase 1600 miles from home and hauled that breastmilk back to TX for a YEAR! That was a MAJOR accomplishment!

 

Of course, just 2 weeks after I stopped pumping, my company rolled out some new benefits for breastfeeding moms – they now offer hospital grade rental pumps and will ship your breastmilk for you when you are required to travel. HA.

 

In all honesty, there is no way I would have succeeded at my breastfeeding goals without having an amazing support network of other moms, lactation consultants, my spouse, and an employer that supported working moms.

 

If you need someone to cheer you through breastfeeding and working outside the home, I’d be honored to be that person for you. It can’t get much harder than what I went through! Feel free to email me. We belong to each other, mamas!

Guest Post by Nichole Heilbron

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Guest Post: A change of plans – our breastfeeding journey

 | April 12, 2016 | Posted by:

I had it all planned out. Natural, slow, beautiful Birth Center birth. God had other plans. Around 27 weeks gestation, I found out I had preeclampsia and it progressed into HELLP (H-hemolysis, EL-elevated liver enzymes, LP-low platelet count) Syndrome. We were sent to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth for an emergency C-section to meet my 1 pound 5.9 ounce baby girl.
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Thankfully, they have a phenomenal NICU unit and are strong advocates of breastfeeding/breastmilk. They made sure I started pumping very early. My husband loves to tell about the first time I pumped. Due to being “put under” for the C-section, I was not even conscious. My husband walked in my recovery room after surgery and he saw a nurse holding the flanges on my breasts while it was pumping.

After that, every two/three hours a nurse would come to help or remind me to pump. My girl was getting my breast milk that I pumped through an NG tube in tiny amounts (like 10 mls) every 3 hours. I remember getting up at night, and sometimes falling asleep while pumping! A lactation specialist came by to teach me about pumping, hand expressing, and how important it is to keep a schedule of pumping for my supply. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to breastfeed my child and this was the way I could do that until she was big enough to try breastfeeding.

At first, the tiny amount of Colostrum that I would get after pumping seemed insignificant and discouraging. I would hand it to the nurse at the NICU and she would praise me on how good I did and how every little bit counts. Receiving encouragement from the nurses and my husband and seeing the other NICU moms going into pumping rooms was reassuring. Eventually, my milk came in and I was seeing results from the hard work that I had put in pumping. I had a very large supply. I had built up enough milk stored that NICU asked me to start taking the milk home. This was such a wonderful feeling! I can actually do this! I had enough to feed my child. Extra even! It was then that I started to share my large supply with other moms in the area that needed breastmilk donations.

This was about the time that I started back to work. I would work part time/half days then head to the hospital. I am truly blessed to have the job I do. I work with all men. They are very supportive. They understand, gave me time and never missed a beat when I was away from my desk and pumping every three hours. I did make every effort schedule my pump times directly before and after work and at lunch so that I only had to miss a minimal amount of work time. Most importantly, they didn’t mention the breastmilk I kept in the fridge until the end of the day. And let me tell you, it was embarrassing the first couple of times coming out of the room with a bag that held milk storage bags to be put in the fridge. They didn’t say a word; some even smiled.  Being supported at work made it easy to continue pumping. My bag that I carry the breast pump, supplies and other things I need to pump have become part of me! I can’t go anywhere without it!

When my girl was around two months old/32 weeks gestation we tried non-nutritive breast feeding. While she was getting fed through the NG tube, I would hold her up to my recently pumped breast that had a drop of milk on it. She slowly began to get curious and nose around. This associates being fed with my breast. Next was nutritive breastfeeding! I was so excited and nervous. She was still so tiny. Again, the encouragement from the staff and husband got me through the nerves. Since we could only try to breastfeed once a day, it was a rollercoaster of some days latching and sucking well while other days she wouldn’t. I felt on top of the world when she would latch and so discouraged on the days she wouldn’t. We were able to get her to latch consistency with a nipple shield that an LC suggested. While I worked the nurses introduced my baby girl to bottles with my breastmilk in it; she had to be able to prove she could eat all her food without the NG tube before she could be released from the hospital.

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Dealing with severe reflux and being put on thickened formula for a short time were the more difficult things to deal with. I knew the formula was helping her reflux but I was still disappointed that she wasn’t receiving my breastmilk. We just kept doing what we had been, kept pumping and breastfeeding the allowed twice a day and praying. Thankfully after 85 days in the NICU, she was released to go home still breastfeeding twice and bottle feedings of formula the rest of the time.

We have an amazing pediatrician who is also pro-breastfeeding. After a month of us being home and having small and infrequent spit ups, he told us we could transition to all breast milk. This was a light at the end of a tunnel. Prayer works!

Taking one day at a time, staying positive, surrounding ourselves with encouraging people and prayer helped us. My girl is a healthy 6 month old with a great latch (without a nipple shield, YEY!), both breastfeeds and takes breast milk in a bottle. She sleeps through the night. I have now stopped pumping in the middle of the night so I get a full night’s and I am still pumping at work! Many times I have thought about quitting, but I know this is what I want for my child. We have come this far and plan to continue for as long as we can!

-Guest post by Charli Vance


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