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Jones' family

Eubank Family

Charlie, Megan & Leelee Eubank

"It was magical. It was beautiful. It was perfect. It was the most amazing feeling in the world. The only word I can think of to describe seeing her perfect little face and feeling her warm smooth skin for the first time is joy. Pure, total and overwhelming joy.

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Bill, Michelle & Luke Zanoni

"For these few moments our birth was sort of like a Hollywood birth. The doctor was yelling and serious and I was doing everything in my power to push him out."

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Pete, Christina & Elle Edgecomb

"Surrounding ourselves with love and support from our wonderful midwife Kathy and tender doula Jen, we were able to transgress the birthing process with ease and before we knew it Pete had received our baby in his hands!"

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Eric, Suzanne & Talia B.

"Witnessing birth is life-altering not just in the sense that it changes the course of your life but changes the way you see it – what is valuable in it"

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Rick, Melanie & Emaline Musson

"I appreciated that Mikelann always encouraged medical intervention when necessary. She and my doctor communicated and kept each other updated."

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Neal, Trina & Jack Rainey

"We are so thankful for the support we had to have a natural, beautiful childbirth. We could not feel more blessed by this little miracle that fills us with joy
every day."

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I still remember Kelly’s expression when I told him we had our first appointment with a midwife. Honestly, I wasn’t sure either. I wanted to try on the idea, perhaps indulge in the possibility of empowerment and grace. Besides, I already felt connected to the sweet, empathetic telephone personality who “listened” to me sputtering questions and probably crying because of the nausea…(Ah, Lisa)!

I also remember Kelly’s look of “a ha!” when we left the BBC for the first time: No doubt mirroring my own. No need to explore further, that was clear. Wise, peaceful, and unmistakenly in charge, Mikelann, like Yoda, had a way of making things seem right and sensible. The energy and intent of the BBC were so aligned with our best wishes for the journey, we wouldn’t allow insurance coverage uncertainties or a ‘just in case’ mentality blur our focus. We followed our hearts and felt relieved.

I’ve come to realize pregnancy and childbirth as an ultimate exercise in ‘letting go’: a consistent theme throughout childbearing years. No aspect of my being was unaffected by the gradual shifting of myself into my new identity as ‘mother’. When I found myself already overdue, feeling nervous, and under pressure for labor to begin, I met with Kris, who supported me along a cathartic experience of self-realization. I treasure those meetings as a crucial step toward Ezra’s magical, natural arrival.

A week after our due date, the castor oil worked! My water had broken and I was feeling consistent, strong contractions all morning. We were at the BBC by 8a.m. Ezra was in my arms and nursing by 3:30p.m. that day.

Labor was: Excitement, Joy, Pain, Skin, Hugs, Water, Wrinkles, A Steady Heartbeat, a Flickering Flame, Kelly’s Eyes, OM, Music, Deep squatting, Touch, Fanning, Trust, Warmth, Fears, Green & Purple, Hunger, Smiling, Shaking, Kicking, Whispers, Surprises, Sunlight, Focus, Encouragement, Breathing, Knowing…Being.

Ezra’s birth was a multi-layered, many faceted experience that engaged every part of me. It was more that a physical experience and certainly much more that a medical event. It was the birth of a family.

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It was more that a physical experience and certainly much more that a medical event. It was the birth of a family.