Winslow’s Birth Story

birth story

Why we chose M.A.M.A.S. I wanted to have a good birth, both for myself and for my baby. I knew this would be one of the most important parts of my life. From reading research about labor and delivery, I learned that the Caesarean section rate had climbed over the past decades—and that in the…

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Arthur’s birth story

Arthur's birth story

Even though my first child was born 10 years prior, I felt like I was a first-time mom all over again. That birth happened at a women’s hospital in England, where care is primarily midwife-based. Although my first birth would be considered a breeze by many accounts, I didn’t enjoy being in a hospital –…

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William’s Birth Story

It all started on a weekend. As a first time mom, I had been anxious and nervous about labor. Will I know when I am in actual labor? Will my water break at an inconvenient time and place? Will everything be ok with baby? Will I be pregnant forever? I tried to push those intrusive…

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Linden’s Birth Story

A VBAC story The background: Not knowing about MAMAS, my husband and I opted to receive prenatal and delivery services at a birth center when we were pregnant with our first baby. After 42 hours of back labor and endless vomiting, we finally transferred to the hospital, began interventions, and I eventually had a cesarean…

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Jaqueline’s Birth Story


My VBAC Birth Story After 6 months of trying to get pregnant, including one disappointing chemical pregnancy, I saw that beautiful pink line on the pregnancy test! I was pregnant, excited, and ready to begin my journey to a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Side note: remember that fun trip to Vegas I took, full of…

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Phoebe’s Birth Story

EVA’S VERSION: My husband, Paul, and I were planning on having a home birth with MAMAS, and everything with my pregnancy was normal and healthy. But then, about a month before the due date, my feet started getting itchy. Like, really itchy. It was so bad I couldn’t sleep. One night, while not sleeping, and with cold…

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Nora Katherine’s birth story

Nora Katherine’s birth The background:  I have been extremely fortunate to have had two healthy and uncomplicated out of hospital births with my previous children, something I never take for granted.  My first was at the now-closed Maternity Center birth center, and the second at home.  Both had been pretty quick, the first time arriving…

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Grace’s Birth Story

Grace's birth story

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 The day began as normal: get up, go to an early morning health care visit, and then head to the office for a busy day. Although I felt fairly “normal”, a colleague commented on how I didn’t really look well—not myself. The 6:30 commute home was particularly long and arduous, and…

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Eleanor’s Birth Story

Eleanor's birth story

As an experienced homebirth midwife, I thought I was pretty well prepared for my own labor and birth at home. I’d spent 4 years in intensive nursing and midwifery training, participated in over 200 out of hospital births, and even prepared for my own birth by taking a Birthing from Within course with my wife, Trisha. But…

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Grant’s Birth Story

40 weeks, 6 days, Tuesday.  Matt and I are at the Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear, starring Stacey Leach when I first start having contractions.  The show started at 7:30pm and by 8pm I’d started having contractions that were mildly annoying.  They continued on and off throughout the show and into the night but…

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