Two moms, a midwife, and a birth center delivery

The morning my wife went into labor, she came to me and shared that she was experiencing period-like cramping. It was still two weeks before our official due date, and this was her first pregnancy, so we reminded ourselves this could go on for weeks and I left for work. I was only at work for around an hour before I got a text from my wife telling me she thought her water had broken. She told me she wasn't sure and would keep me posted, but there was no way I was going to try and stay at work.

How do you know if a birth center is the right choice for you?

I am pregnant with my second child and every bit of reading I've done has led me to believe I had an unnecessary cesarean delivery with my firstborn. At this point, I am not certain I trust any of the practitioners at my hospital and worry that a change of hospital may result in the same scenario being played out in a different location. I would absolutely never be able to forgive myself if I put my birth experience over the well-being of my child. How do you know if birthing at a center (or outside of a hospital) is the right choice for you?

A happy and healthy birth center story

Only 10 minutes after talking to her, contractions started coming quickly and more sporadically and I began to get nauseous at their height — even in my state I knew it was a sign of transition. Even though I never got the classic "I can't do this" mindset, I suddenly felt out of control — more of a "I have no idea what the hell I'm doing" mindset. I only had to say it once and Ryan knew it was time to leave.

How far would you drive to give birth?

I would really love to have my baby at a birth center — but the closest one is about an hour away from my house. Both my husband and I work full-time and I'm hoping to work until the baby is born. For parents who have chosen to give birth somewhere relatively far away: is going to appointments an hour away reasonable? What about going into labor and then driving an hour?

A courageous and victorious birth center water birth

As we began our four-hour drive home with our newborn son, Orean, my husband turned to me and said, "You have so much courage." When I asked him to explain, he summed it up like this: courage is being afraid, but going forward anyway because you believe it's right for you.


A Castor oil-assisted birth

Tara and Mike's daughter, Quinn, was born at 42 weeks (O.M.G.) with the assistance of castor oil and awesome parentage.