Earley Bird Gets The Worm- A Gainesville Birth Story {Tampa Bay Home Birth}

Earley Bird Gets The Worm- A Gainesville Birth Story {Tampa Bay Home Birth}

Sometimes there are people who are just really great at life. Those people are also usually make pregnancy and childbirth look like an effortless stroll in the park. My gorgeous friend, soul sister, and (future) sister midwife Abby is that person. 

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The Epic Journey of "Calamity" Jane Clementine {Tampa Bay Home Birth Stories}

The Epic Journey of "Calamity" Jane Clementine {Tampa Bay Home Birth Stories}

There is something about walking with a long time friend and couple you truly adore as they embark on their special journey into parenthood that is profoundly moving and extra special. To witness your friend find their strength as a woman, and then as a mother is a beautiful, poignant thing! 

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BFF babies. {Tampa Bay Home Birth}

BFF babies. {Tampa Bay Home Birth}

 

As many of you know, Barefoot Birth began as a small little wish of myself and my best friend Megan. This past summer, I had the huge honor of attending Megan's first homebirth and welcoming her son earthside. Every birth is so special, but to walk with your best friend on one of their most vulnerable and important days is simply magical. 

These are two best friends who I had the honor of caring for simultaneously during their second pregnancies. Katie and Dana were due just days apart from one another. They became inseparable after meeting when they were teenagers. They put their story like this:

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two boys, two totally different births. {Tampa Bay Doula}

two boys, two totally different births. {Tampa Bay Doula}

 

This story comes to us from a lovely family Charlie had the honor to walk with through their second birth journey as their doula. Sarah's stories are that of trauma, heartache, determination, and ultimately strength. Through everything, this family has navigated bumps in the road with so much knowledge and peace knowing that they were in control (even when they were not!)  We love to point out that this also shows that doula support is not just for unmedicated vaginal birth! Doulas support families through all sorts of events surrounding childbearing and parenthood.

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birth story: a giveaway!

birth story: a giveaway!

​We are so honored when our families share their birth stories here in this blog space, and we are honored to share another very important Birth Story with you that is being told through film.

​Like most birth workers, we love us some Ina May. For those of you who aren't familiar, she's known as the "mother of modern midwifery," a self-taught, straight-talking, gentle soul who isn't afraid to take on the establishment for the good of maternal health and better outcomes for birth.

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Desmond's Birth Story by Jeanine {Tampa Bay Home Birth}

Desmond's Birth Story by Jeanine {Tampa Bay Home Birth}

Some of you may know me. Maybe I took some maternity pictures for you a while back, or maybe we met last year at the Natural Birth Expo. I imagine, though, that most of you do not know me. My name’s Jeanine and I’ve been the Barefoot Birth staff photographer since Barefoot Birth’s inception. Just as Barefoot Birth has, I’ve come a long, long way since then. I began my career shooting maternity and newborn photos. Soon after that I began shooting weddings. I slowly poured every dime I had into upgrading my equipment and taking classes to better myself as a photographer. It’s truly amazing to look back and see how far I’ve come.

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The Birth of Mirielle by Diana {Tampa Bay Doula}

The Birth of Mirielle by Diana {Tampa Bay Doula}

My story is a tad different from many women. I knew what I wanted from my birth experience. I knew from the very beginning that my body was made to do this so I treated my pregnancy as a blessing. In month 4 I went to my OBGYN and handed over the rough draft of my birth plan to see what their thoughts were. I was a member of a practice of 6 doctors, 5 women, and 1 man. The doctor during this visit sat down with me and said “You are going to need some sort of classes to help you get through your first birth naturally. Try either Bradley Method or Lamaze classes. But you’ll need something. We get a lot of women that want to do it naturally…..until they get into the labor suite. Women who prepare have a better chance.” That afternoon I got on my computer, contacted Melissa, the local Bradley instructor, and by 6 pm I was sitting in week 3 of a 12 week session. I got all the materials I needed and my partner, Anthony, and I looked forward to how the class would prepare us for the birth of our child. Weeks went on and on and Bradley Method graduation day came. After completing the course I started toying with the idea of switching to a birth center birth though I planned on a hospital birth. Unfortunately, due to my pregnancy history of anemia, I was risked out of that being an option. Because of this same reason I did not consider a home birth because our house was too far from a hospital should anything go wrong. I had my final birth plan approved by the obstetricians who were on call around the time of my due date, I had two wonderful doulas, bags were packed, and I was prepared to deal with a hospital staff who may scoff at my desires to do things naturally.

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