I had recently moved to South Carolina when I became pregnant with my fifth baby. In the past I've had two hospital births and two home births, but wanted to interview multiple providers in the area to make sure I knew what options were available.
Christine immediately was the clear choice. She was open and warm, and very knowledgeable. During the pregnancy, I knew exactly what I did and did not want. I was carefully monitored while I chose the path I wanted to take during this pregnancy and birth. I chose not to find out the sex of my baby, and it was such a fun wait!
William's birth was strange. My fourth child had been a precipitous labor, lasting only 45 minutes from first contraction to crowning, so when I awoke feeling that familiar heaviness, I called Christine before any contractions began.
Labor was irregular and mild. Christine and Heather stayed with me and gave me the space to work through it in privacy. I enjoyed being completely alone in my bathroom during most of the contractions, and would come out every 15 minutes for monitoring. What a Godsend it was to be alone!
Finally labor very quickly became intense. I got into the birth pool, and in a short hour William was born. Christine and Heather guided me through catching my own baby . . . a dream of mine come true.
I cannot express what a natural and easy feeling it was to birth my way in my own home under the watch of such a caring staff. It was absolutely incredible getting to be the first person to touch and hold my baby. The postpartum care is also unparalleled. I never felt alone, I never had a question that I was too rushed, flustered or uncomfortable to ask. Christine was always there to answer questions from the moment I became her client on through the postpartum care. She became a permanent part of my life.
Thanks so much to Christine and Heather for an amazing birth experience!