Below are some birth stories from families who have been a part of our midwifery practice. If you would like to share your birth experience with Midwives of Headwater Hills, please email us your story and photographs.
The day Grace was born was the most empowering day of my life. My first daughter was born at the hospital. I had an epidural for pain relief but then was unable to feel my contraction which lead to a long labour and the use of a vacuum. With my second baby I had an amazing midwife (Stephanie). I feel like I received the best care and that I was able to make decisions for myself with the information that was provided to me. They also included my toddler by letting her help measure my tummy at appointments. Stephanie and Linda were great coaches and supported me through the whole thing. I feel so blessed to have had a peaceful water-birth in the comfort of my own home. Having a natural birth made me feel so strong and capable. It was amazing to reach down and feel my baby as she entered into the world. She was immediately put on my chest where she remained while we cuddled together under a warm towel. She has been a peaceful baby since the day she was born and I can't help but wonder if the soothing atmosphere she was born into had anything to do with it.
I had a fantastic experience with the Midwives. I registered with them as soon as I found out that I was pregnant and began my visits with them right away. I was unsure if I wanted to have a midwife or if I should go with an ob so I was very curious to speak with a midwife. My first meeting was with Stephanie and after hearing what she does and the care that midwives provide, I was sold. I decided I did want a midwife to look after me and deliver my baby, but I wanted to deliver in the hospital. I started meeting with the midwives monthly and got to meet each of the midwives at the different appointments. At 18 weeks, I started to have some bleeding so I contacted the midwives. They got back to me quickly and Heather came into the office to check on me even though the office was closed. She got me in for an ultrasound right away at the hospital and ended up referring me down to the specialists at Mount Sinai. This resulted in me being put on bed rest in Mount Sinai for a month. Stephanie stayed in touch with me, calling me several times to check up on me, make sure I was doing ok and reminding me that if I needed anything she, and the rest of the midwives were there for me. When I went into labour, I called Stephanie and she came out to my house right away. I was alone at the time so it was SO comforting to have someone I know, and who knows me, walk through the front door. She checked me and decided it was time to go to the hospital. My husband got home and Stephanie reassured him that things were progressing normally and then we were on our way to the hospital in Fergus. Stephanie had called ahead to the hospital so when we got there we walked right into a delivery room. Stephanie stayed on top of checking on me and my baby, making sure everything was progressing well. She always had reassuring words and suggestions on how to help things along. Her quiet voice and reassuring touch was super comforting. She guided me along the labour process while letting me do what I needed to do. My husband was amazed that there was no one telling me what I had to do, just Stephanie's gentle voice giving me suggestions. The midwives made me ready for when my baby was born and when she came out, my baby was on my chest before I realized she was out. My baby was able to stay on my chest during the entire time that the midwives were looking after me post-delivery. Stephanie helped me to start breast feeding my daughter right away. My baby was only taken from me after about an hour, and that was just to be measured and checked over and then she was brought right back to me. The midwives took great care of me post-delivery. I was given lots of instructions after my baby was born, what to expect for the next 24 hours and how to look after my baby for the first day, and was constantly reminded that if I needed anything that I could reach them anytime. I left the hospital 3 ½ hours after my daughter's birth. Stephanie came to my house the next day to check on that baby and myself. She came out 3 and 5 days after the birth so I didn't have to worry about going out anywhere, which was fantastic. The whole process with the midwives was amazing and I would recommend it for anyone having a baby. I will definitely be using the midwives for my next baby! Thank you Stephanie and all the midwives!
My sister-in-law gave birth to 3 beautiful children with the help of her midwives and she was very pleased. When I got pregnant I really wanted to have the same positive experience and held my breath waiting for the midwives to finally open their clinic in Orangeville. I felt so relieved when they did. The best way to describe my first pregnancy & birth is to say that, I had my private health care team always available for me from the day I got pregnant to the day my daughter was 8 weeks old. What do you do when you catch a very severe case of flu on a Saturday evening at 11pm in your 6th month of pregnancy? You call your midwife who has your medical & pregnancy history at her finger tips and can tell you exactly what to do. What do you do when 7 days after giving birth you experience severe dizziness and you don't know why this is happening? Again, you contact your midwife, who was present for the birth of your baby and can visit you at home to do some blood work and other tests, so you can rest and not worry about driving anywhere with your newborn. I cannot think of any medical institution that offers the same kind of private health care which includes:
- 24hrs on call for emergency
- home visits after giving birth
- information on everything related to your pregnancy, birth and more!
- emotional support and or any other issue a pregnant woman may be going through at the time and all covered by OHIP!
Our Clara arrived at home on June 22nd 2010 in just under 5 hrs and it was the most amazing, experience of my life. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart to my midwife and the entire team. I hope to see you again soon.