Birth Without Fear

A Decision to Birth Unassisted

August 27, 2015

When I first planned my birth, I wanted an empowered homebirth. With my doula, my midwife, a student midwife, my birth photographer and my husband and children present. I wanted a party! I wanted a shot of jacks after birth to celebrate. (I know kinda crazy but I can dream, can’t I?) That all changed […]

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Medication-Free Hospital Birth

July 27, 2015

Elizabeth Turner shares the story of her empowering medication-free hospital birth. Since having my daughter Avery two years ago, I spent a great deal of time thinking of how I would have changed my birth experience. Watching my sisters birth their daughters after me, and numerous friends do the same, I had come up with a […]

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Adorable and Convenient Fluff {SoftBums Cloth Diapers}

July 23, 2015

We have cloth diapered and used disposables. With six kids you end up doing many different things depending on the child, your budget, and where you are in life. With our youngest (beardbaby) we have mostly used sposies just because we are so busy and traveling a lot. But when SoftBums asked us to try […]

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Infertility, Twins And A Healing, Compassionate Cesarean Birth Photographed in OR

July 20, 2015

I met Tara late in her third trimester when she contacted me about birth photography. We met at her house and as I walked through the door, I liked her immediately. She is a dancer; and their home was filled with music, art, and lots of love. I knew it would be a beautiful birth […]

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The Proudest Moment of My Existence!

July 5, 2015

When I found out I was expecting, I was honestly the most scared I’ve ever been in my whole life. I wanted a hospital, pain meds, and thought whatever could go wrong would. Giving birth was going to be painful and awful. After educating my self and learning to trust my body through birth classes, […]

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She is Love: Ellie’s Birth Story

July 5, 2015

You and your sister are sleeping soundly and I thought I had better start writing your story before I forget everything. You, Ellie Anna, are a precious gift and your dad and I love you so much. The Lord was so gracious to us in how He brought you into the world. We found out […]

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Empowering VBAC from Dad’s POV

June 8, 2015

Part II of a beautiful VBAC story, as told by Elspeth Ridout McCormick’s husband.  Elspeth had been having contractions all month, really. They would come in the evenings, mostly, and then they would stop around bedtime. This Friday, though, the contractions didn’t stop. Elspeth had them throughout dinner, and as the night got a little […]

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Empowering VBAC from Mom’s POV

June 8, 2015

A beautiful VBAC birth story, as told by Elspeth Ridout McCormick. Like all VBAC stories, the story of my daughter’s birth really starts with her big brother’s birth. In 2012, we were expecting our first child. We took Bradley classes, practiced relaxation techniques, followed the Bradley diet, and took yoga classes and nightly walks to […]

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The Birth of Mason

June 2, 2015

After a very difficult pregnancy, including pregnancy-induced hypertension (landing me in the ER twice and putting me on 3x the normal dose of BP meds starting at eight weeks), kidney stones, and morning sickness for 23 weeks, I was happy to have made it to 40 weeks with no serious complications. I was in no […]

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I Thank God Every Day!

June 2, 2015

On December 26th, 2014 I went to the hospital to be induced with my third daughter. I was 39 weeks and 2 days. The induction was planned by me as I was in so much pain I was in constant tears. I arrived at the hospital at 7:45am and was 4 cm dilated. At 11:30 that morning, the doctor […]

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