My Birth Story–Part 2: “Holding Back When They Say Push”

I was thankful that my bag was already packed when the midwife told us to drive to the birthing center. I had feared the 30 minute drive before the birth, but it actually wasn’t so bad. There was no traffic at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day. Between contractions I … More My Birth Story–Part 2: “Holding Back When They Say Push”

My Birth Story–Part 1: “The Never-Baked Lemon Cake”

When I was pregnant I was often told that a woman’s first labor tends to be very lengthy. At one point I read about a woman who baked a birthday cake between contractions to pass the time before going to the hospital. After returning home with the baby, she was able to celebrate the birth … More My Birth Story–Part 1: “The Never-Baked Lemon Cake”