The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
This is a follow-up to our brief chat last April. To refresh your memory, I'm a 40-year-old 1st-time mom with a history of 2 uterine surgeries to remove fibroids. Both incisions were fundal, one was quite shallow and one was deeper and more extensive entering the uterine wall but neither entered the uterine cavity. I had been with an OB/fertility group but with their plan to schedule a c-sec delivery (yuck) I changed to midwifery care with a CNM at Alta Bates in Berkeley at 28 weeks.
Thanks to encouragement & information from you, ICAN and many many others, Darling Baby Emma arrived August 7. Held by my husband and labor assistant I pushed her out without episiotomy or anesthesia after 20 hours of active labor! Emma was pink and hollering before her body was fully delivered. With help from our CNM I got to lift her out of me and onto my tummy. That moment was so precious it made all the months of planning and preparation for a vaginal delivery worthwhile. Thankfully, I had only minor skin tearing & slight bruising with no other complications. She took about 4 seconds to learn how to latch on to my breast to eat and has been doing great ever since. In our case, a c-sec turned out NOT to be necessary despite existing fundal incisions.
Please feel free to contact me should you want any more anecdotal information
about a "myomectomy mom" with a natural delivery as there doesn't seem
to be much research around about us.
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