When I got pregnant with my third baby, I had a lot of comments about being an expert now so it should be easy. I mean yes, I guess I was an expert. At that point I not only had . my two personal births behind me, but had also been a birth worker for 4 years and had attended about 70 births by then.
But what if I told you that it wasn't until my third pregnancy that I learned my biggest lesson - which then had a giant effect on my birth and postpartum and completely changed the work I have done with my doula clients over these last 2 years?
It has been pretty quiet on this blog! I'll be honest - I got distracted with growing a baby and still attending births through most of my pregnancy.
But now, my (not so) little man, Solomon, was born on July 5th in my dream home water birth. I am not quite ready to share my birth story yet, but for now, I did want to share this slideshow I made as we welcomed our third child Solomon. I can't wait to share with you more about my pregnancy, birth and the postpartum - but that will come in time. For now, enjoy <3
Sneak Peek First - Scroll Down for the FULL Shot
THIS. This face right here. Also known at the "WTAF Moment". The "MY BODY DID WHAT?" moment. The "I JUST DID THAT!" moment. And it is magic.
Client birth story when working in partnership with Olena Guseva:
We met S and K pretty far into her pregnancy. I believe she was around 34 weeks at the time of her first consultation. She had been referred to us by her Naturopath - the wonderful Dr. Briana Peddle.
S started her pregnancy very similarly to how many moms begin. She went to a maternity clinic for most of her pregnancy as that is where she was told she would go. She went on with her pregnancy with them but as time progressed, she felt something was just off with the care that she was receiving. Over the course of her pregnancy, she began learning about alternatives to the normal paths.
Last week Samantha had the pleasure of joining L and V as they welcomed their brand new baby boy in their home. The birth happened quite fast, and I joined them towards the end of her birth. I am so glad I made it in time! Mama L was so powerful and so strong. She knew what to do. She trusted her body and she birthed him beautifully.
Samantha Garcia Gagnon is a birth worker in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia. She has a special focus on supporting physiologic home births and shares her years of experience and knowledge in this blog.
Proudly supporting home birthing families in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam. Port Moody, Langley,
Surrey and New Westminster.
Filled with gratitude to be living and working in the unceded and ancestral home of the Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Kwantlen, and
Semiahmoo First Nations.