Childbirth was an experience I will never forget. I experienced surfacing of so many emotions that I did not expect. I realize unmedicated birth isn't just about getting through the pain. I know it was very painful but it was the surfacing of so many emotions during that time that made it so real. Looking back, it was magical. It is amazing what the body can do if we just trust ourselves and our deep intuition. Alice kept me on the path going forward during labor. I cannot imagine navigating labor without her.
Being a nurse myself, I knew I wanted to deliver in a hospital but I also wanted to try the most natural way possible. Alice gave me and reminded me of the tools I had while I was in the thick of labor. It was amazing how she could tell which stage of labor I was in because of her experience versus relying on the hospital resources.
Alice effortlessly provided me with massage and positive affirmations in the most vulnerable experience of my life. I was able to follow her slow deep breathing next to me while laboring. I remember feeling so scared at one point and it was Alice's calm energy and reassurance for my husband and I that kept me going. Even though I knew I was in good hands at the hospital, It was having her there that made me feel safe. While I was in labor, Alice would gently remind my husband and I things on my birth plan in front of hospital personnel to make sure we were all on the same page. She worked so well with the hospital staff all while advocating for me. I am so grateful I had Alice there as a vital part of my birthing team. I will definitely have here there for baby number two!
April 10, 2023