Evon and Scott’s Birth Story
“My husband, Scott and I were married close to eighteen years before we got pregnant with our first child. We had talked often that if and when we ever got pregnant we thought it would be great to use a midwife, possibly even do a home birth and deliver without drug interference. Although our experience with Texas midwives was very limited, we set out on the journey of finding the right one. We got tips on our choices from a doula. She reaffirmed our choices concerning birth and introduced the option of using a birth center, specifically Gentle Beginnings Birth Center. We called and made an appointment to meet all the midwives there, Sarah Jones, Christy Martin and Ann Crowell.
Needless to say, from the moment we walked in the door, we felt such peace. While all of them had the experience of midwifery and delivering babies, it was their caring hearts and gentle and giving spirits that drew us to them. We knew by the end of that night that we didn’t need to look any further and that the birth center would be where our daughter would be born. But how could we say that we wanted one of the midwives over the other? They all were so special that we actually asked all of them to be a part of our “birth team”. Sarah and Christy were the ones I saw mainly throughout my pre birth process. Being an “older first time mom” (I was 42 when I got pregnant), I had my share of questions and concerns. They were so patient to answer all my questions and pray with me about my concerns. Even in the third trimester, when I was bothered by some pretty annoying itching (liver related), Sarah and Christy were there by my side with suggestions. They even went with me to my last ultrasound to make sure everything was okay. I kept myself healthy throughout my pregnancy and had a great experience being pregnant. I loved it!! I would do it again in a second!! Thinking about the midwives, their love, care and support, still makes me teary eyed today. We were so grateful for their help throughout the process.
As I neared my due date (June 14, 2008), we excitedly awaited “that day”. However, by the end of the day Friday, May 30, I knew that something was different. My tummy had been tight the entire day. What I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions never went away. By early evening, as my husband lounged by the pool and I continually tried to get comfortable, I tried to figure out the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and actual labor. I started calling my midwives around 7:30pm. Because Christy was in Arkansas at the time, she instructed me to call and communicate with Sarah if “things started happening”. Sarah told me to take a warm bath to see if the tightness would settle down. At around 9:00pm, I still talked to our birth photographer, Jennifer. Shortly after that is when it all started in full motion. I started having contractions but still managed to get into the bathtub. Thinking about it now, I obviously didn’t realize I was already in full labor. By the time Scott and I actually started clocking the contractions, they were roughly a minute to a minute and a half apart. And we were still at home in Fort Worth, planning to travel to the birth center in Hurst to deliver! Yikes!!! We left home around 10:30pm and I was in strong labor. My water broke about half way there (yes, Scott had prepared the seat ahead of time). While I’ve never experienced such pain in my life, I did my best to remember all the things I was taught in the birthing classes. Breathe, breathe, breathe!!!! We arrived at the birth center around 11:00pm and after a few short minutes of settling in and a few strong pushes, Sierra Faith Wentzloff was born at 11:20pm. ☺
Obviously, that was one of the best moments of our lives!! To see our beautiful baby girl with all ten fingers and all ten toes, whole and complete as we had prayed, was such a wonder feeling and rush of emotion. We’ll never forget her first cry as she entered the world. We’ll never forget those eyes as she looked at us for the first time. We’ll never forget her first moments of suckling and wanting to nurse. I’ll never forget the tears streaming down Scott’s face as he held his baby girl in his arms. No words can ever express how it feels to bring a new life into the world. It was so amazing!!! Truly a miracle and gift from God!!! Every day since has been a huge blessing because she is a part of it. Sierra makes Scott and I even more complete. She truly changes our universe She’s our sweet baby girl, our little darlin’, and the joy of our life. Thank you God for entrusting her to us!!! What a blessing!!!”