My Birth Story
I wanted a C-section with my first baby! Yes, I was that mom that was really afraid of everything all other moms used to talk about. One of those days in which morning sickness carries on through the day, my husband asked me to attend a childbirth education class because one of his co-workers, who was also pregnant, was attending. I wanted to crawl back into my bed, but it turned out to be the best decision of my life to attend that class. There, I realized I didn’t know anything about pregnancy and that for the first time google couldn’t tell me everything I was feeling. There, I met Mandy Rojas, the teacher of the class; who would later become my friend, partner, and guide. I quickly realized that a C-section is not what I wanted or needed. With the help of my birth team my family and I educated ourselves and after 5.5 hours after my water broke, I gave birth to my first great achievement. But before I tell you more about my calling, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
If you got to this paragraph, you may be wondering how I got to own a birth center with my best friend, Mandy, after I wanted a C-section.
I am originally from Chico, CA. I moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, where I did got my finance degree at Coastal Carolina University. Why there? New babies were born into the family, my brothers, and I wanted a vacation. There I met who would become my soulmate, my future husband, my support, my life. We both finished school at CCU graduating with a finance degree. He got accepted to a school in Boston and we both ventured in the Northeast for the next couple of years. I worked as a financial advisor while he was doing some sort of hieroglyphics on paper. Then, we made the leap to Florida to follow our dreams of good weather and great jobs. Suddenly, unexpected, we got pregnant with our sweet baby girl and due to a rough start of my pregnancy I had to put a stop to a great job as a financial advisor.
Pregnancy got better, but my nerves of becoming a first time mom were getting to me. Suddenly, one day towards my second trimester, my husband called me and asked me to go to a baby class with one of his coworkers. Yes, the same class I already spoke of. At the class, I very quickly learned that there were many more options than having a major surgery (i.e. C-section or cesarean) and that could be more fulfilling. I had many questions, so I stayed after the class and talked to the instructor. Who was this mystery woman than was changing my mind without knowing my true feelings about birth? Can anybody guess?
Mandy Rojas. She was the doula for our baby girl and we established a friendship. Even though, all doulas will not become your best friends, like Mandy and I did, most good doulas will remain in touch with you one way or another because of the beautiful experience birth is. Fast forward two years and Mandy was there for the birth of our son. Through a turn of events, she went from doula to birth assistant to midwife. Birth is a beautiful gift and you have the choice to make it your own or to let someone guide you through blindly. As you can see, I did more than a career switch, I found my passion in something I wasn’t aware it existed. Now, I count with a great friend and mentor and with confidence can tell you that we want a joyful experience for you and your babies as well!