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A little over a year ago, when we were hoping to add a third child to our family, I found Alyssa's website. It was an answer to prayer as we wanted a midwife that would come to our home instead of asking us to travel to her home/clinic for the delivery. The emails I shared with Alyssa made me very excited for our first prenatal visit to her home in August. The care and skill I felt in the emails became even more evident throughout our monthly visits to her home. I had some worries to work through as I had lost my previous pregnancy in a miscarriage. Alyssa and Sara were both very understanding and encouraging. Our visits never felt rushed and soon became fun little family outings. Our daughters, 6 and 4, were very welcome, and besides enjoying Alyssa's toys, they loved watching all the heart beat and blood pressure procedures.
I also really liked how Alyssa offered so many routine tests without the trip to the Dr. office - Group B Strep - Glucose Screening - Hemoglobin - and for the baby, PKU and Congestive Heart Test, along with several others.
The week before the delivery I called them all out on a false alarm! I felt so bad for dragging them out into the dark and cold only to send them packing an hour later. They were all very understanding and kind about it, never once making me feel stupid!
The night our little Kipton Grant arrived, was a sub zero night. Alyssa, Sara, and Teresa, arrived about 5 hrs prior to the delivery. I was excited to try a water birth for the first time. The water was very relaxing and helped take the edge off the contractions as they got harder. I did not push long. My water broke just as baby was entering the birth canal. As all of this happened, his heart rate dropped, and we all worked together to get him here in a matter minuets. Never did I feel like anyone was panicking or feeling out of control. They all worked together so well, knowing just what to do at the moment. It was amazing to hear that first cry, and to see our son for the first time!
Alyssa noticed right away how much I was bleeding. I was quickly tucked into bed, and given the best of care. Alyssa was able to offer anti-hemorrhagics, stitching, a catheter, etc. It felt as though I had the care of the hospital in the comfort of my own bed, all the while able to cuddle our new little bundle.
The three of them work together so incredibly, creating a beautiful atmosphere. They each have such a special touch and gift! And we thank them for the wonderful birth experience we had!! If we ever have another baby I wouldn't want anyone else to deliver it!