I Am Strong {Adri}

I am strong because I labored for 45 hours and pushed for 2.5 hours in the comfort of my own home with my husband and midwives, only to be transferred to the hospital because of a swollen cervix. I am strong because the doctors considered me a ‘trauma patient’ in need of a c-section, and I calmly declined asking for an epidural, some sleep, and time to push my little girl out naturally. I had to sign paperwork declining advice for a cesarean.

I am strong because I accepted medical intervention when I needed it, even though it was not part of my birth plan, and I trusted my body. After the epidural, and some sleep my daughter was born perfectly healthy. The doctor did not let the cord stop pulsating before it was cut, they did not put my baby immediately on my chest, and I got hassled about declining the Hep shot and eye ointment. I am strong for fighting for what was best for my beautiful baby girl and me.

19 months later, I am strong because I did not let my first birth experience affect my second. I am strong because I listened to my body, and I labored at home as long as possible. I was blessed with a fast second delivery at a birth center with the support of my husband, midwife, doula and nurse. After a delicious dinner at my parents house (braised short ribs and mashed potatoes) and breathing deeply between bites because my contractions were so strong, I arrived at the birth center at 11:30pm. My baby boy was born at 1:18am with his cord wrapped around his neck twice and his body twice. It was the longest cord my midwife had seen, and after she unwound him he made all the perfect new baby sounds. I am blessed to have the birth experience of my dreams, and I am strong for making it real.

The only one I have of myself and Lorelei on the day she was born. We were so excited about being parents that we forgot to take pictures!!


[My son, Maximus. He is strong and mighty!] (Photography by Teresa Poole)


[Just because baby feet are too cute!] (Photography by Teresa Poole)



  • Amelia

    What empowering birth stories! I love your sons name! I wanted to name my son Maximus,I got so excited when I saw his name, maybe hubby will agree next time if we have a little boy 🙂

  • Ashlee M

    Thank you for sharing! I had a similar experience with my first and have struggled not to fear the same (swollen cervix after a LONG labor resulting in intervention) will occur with my second, who’s due this weekend :). I feel encouraged and more ready for labor after reading your story. You are strong!

  • Wendy

    Yes you are strong!! Good for you for standing your ground and doing what you knew was best for you and your baby! I am set for a home birth in two weeks and I will keep your story in mind and pull from your strength.

  • Alison

    Thank you for sharing. My first birth was similar to yours and I don’t want it to impact any future births! Your story is empowering! xxoo

  • Alyssa

    So encouraged to hear more and more women learning to listen to their bodies, respecting themselves enough to take control and trusting themselves to make better decisions. Our bodies are amazing things with such complex design and it’s refreshing to be natural. Awesome birth story!!

  • Genessa

    Yes you are strong! So proud of you for doing what you knew was the right thing! You are inspiration! And congrats on getting your perfect birth! Nothing like it in the world!

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