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Choosing to have a homebirth was one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made. The births of our two girls at a hospital were a blessing but there were things we felt were not necessary and could be more natural.
After much research and prayer, we felt we were truly led to our midwife, Alyssa and her two apprentices, Sara and Teresa. Being pregnant with my third, it was about halfway through before we met with them. We loved them from the very beginning and decided this is what we wanted to do. It was so nice to casually meet in a comfortable living room where I could even have a snack and drink water while all my questions were answered thoroughly. Alyssa and Sara were very knowledgable and I was amazed at how much new information I learned my third time around! Our appointments were very laid back and never felt rushed. They even let our girls listen to the baby through their fetoscope and help pump up the blood pressure cuff:)
I had a surprisingly quick labor, about four hours long. I feel a lot of it was because I was comfortable in my own home and got to freely move around and do whatever felt right to get through my contractions. When the midwives arrived my baby was about to be born. I felt a relief as soon as they walked through the door.
Shortly after, we were blessed with a beautiful, healthy 9 lb., 3 oz. baby boy! Better yet, he was born on my husband's 30th birthday! We had a great water birth experience. What an amazing day! Such a miracle!
I greatly appreciated the fact that I could then be in my own bed afterwards. I also loved I didn't have to go anywhere for postpartum care. They came to check on me and baby several times and were always available if I had any questions or concerns.
We were very happy with our decision to have a homebirth with some caring, knowledgable ladies. We highly recommend Alyssa, Sara, and Teresa and the whole homebirth experience for anyone considering it. It was such a blessing and Lord willing, we look forward to next time!