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Holland Baker Jones: born Jan 29 at 8:51 pm at home, in water

Here is your mommy and daddy during pushing with your sweet midwife encouraging me.  Meili is standing guard too.

Dear Holland I wanted to tell you the story of your birth. It all started on Tuesday morning 1/29/13, mommy woke up with some warm up labor, mostly irregular contractions and feeling really crampy.  I told your daddy it could be the start of something or maybe just warm up that may still take a few more weeks.  I was 38 weeks 4 days pregnant with you so it all seemed too early to really be happening for a first baby.  I decided to ignore them and get some office work done. Daddy decided to stay home and work too.  Later in the morning I took a bath and everything seemed to stop completely.  I took a nap later that day and then daddy and I went for a walk. I only had about 2 contractions on the walk. By then I was sure you weren’t coming for a few more weeks.

Around 5:15 pm I was making dinner and I got hit with a good contraction. I was scheduled to teach an oil workshop that night at 6 pm.  I remember thinking I need to calm everything down so I can go to that workshop. So I got in a bath to relax and see if it would stop everything.  I called the lady who set up the workshop to tell her I thought I was in early labor, but then I was feeling bad for canceling and decided I’d push through and just go teach real quick. As I’m talking my self into going to this class the contractions are getting more intense and lasting longer.  Around 5:25 pm I was in true active labor contractions were lasting a min and starting to come every 3-4 min.  They were pretty intense for starting off labor.  I called your midwife Gina and told her I didn’t know how I’d teach with these contractions.  She said no your not going to teach, give me the lady’s number ill take care of it.  Not long after that I checked my cervix and found I was 5 cm and things were moving fast. Daddy asked if he should call Gina to come and I said yes.  Contractions were pretty intense and on top of each other. Your daddy was trying to set up the big birth pool and get all the scriptures put up while running back to me every time he heard me start to moan trough a contraction. He did such a great job coaching me through out the process.  Daddy would squeeze mommy’s hips and encourage me with prayers, verses and telling me I could do it and that I was beautiful. It was such a special time for daddy and I.  We really felt God’s presence in our home. We had an amazing worship play list going in the back round as well. It truly felt like a worshipful labor and birth.

Your midwife Gina arrived at 6:24 pm.  She was amazing helping me get through the hard contractions. I would look into her eyes and just focus on relaxing through each contraction.  At 6:41 pm I got onto the toilet to labor and I was 6 cm, 100% effaced.  I felt your sutures were transverse so we decided to do a few lunges to get your head turned.  At 6:58 pm my water broke with a big gush, I was in the middle of a lunge leaning over our bed with Daddy squeezing my hips behind me. It startled daddy. :)  I was crying out to the Lord for strength for each contraction and thanking Him for bringing you to us safely.  By this point the big pool was almost filled up.  Once the temp was perfect I got into the pool with daddy, it was 7:15 pm at this point.  I mostly labored in the kneeling position.  At 7:45 pm I was dilated to 8 and then 9 cm at 7:59 and then fully dilated at 8:02 pm. We called Keri your birth photographer to come when I told them I was 8 cm it was really hard to get on top of the contractions during transition because things were moving so fast.

At 8:13pm I started pushing. I believe Keri your birth photographer and Beth our midwife assistant arrived at this point.  Pushing was more intense then I ever imagined. I remember looking up from time to time at those beautiful faces and I knew I was surrounded by women of faith.  Their love and support were beautiful.   Everyone has their opinion on pushing feeling better or not.  The only thing I can say is that I loved knowing it meant you were nearly here.  I could feel you moving down with the pushes, which was so reassuring.  There were a few times when I felt it was too much and I remember your daddy and your midwife telling me I could do it and I was almost done. At 8:40 pm Gina told me I should try to stand in between contractions to stretch my legs.  Then during a contraction I would get back in the water and push again.  This made a huge difference with bringing you down.   Right before you were born Gina said to me, “just 3 more contractions, you can do this.”  I remember feeling your sweet head moving down the birth canal.  The next contraction came and the coolest moment was when your head popped out and it went from feeling like we were one person to two.  I’ll never forget seeing and feeling your sweet head as I waited for the next contraction.  On the second contraction from the time Gina said you’d be here within 3, you came. You came with your left arm up by your face, in the back round the song How He Loves by David Crowder Band was playing. Mommy got to catch you as you came out. It was the most incredible moment of my life bringing you into the world.  From active labor till you were out it was 3 hours and 24 min.  Total pushing was 49 min.  Shortly after you came I delivered the placenta.  You were born at 8:51 pm in a birth pool in mommy and daddy’s room.

We feel so blessed to have you in our family. You, coming into the world marked the beginning of us becoming parents.  We are so in love with our sweet Holland Baker Jones! We spoke over your life and destiny as we wept and laughed thanking God for the gift that you are!   You came out weighing 6 pounds even which is what we prayed the whole time. You were 18.5 inches long, your head was 13 inches and your chest was 12 1/8 inches around.  You were perfect in every way.   Daddy and I prayed so much for your birth before hand and God really honored our hearts desires.  Your labor was quick, beautiful and filled with God’s presence.

Best moment of my life meeting you for the first time face to face!

Enjoying our herbal bath

Holland and her daddy bonding

February 11, 2013

“Sarah, I just had to thank you for all of your help. You helped me to feel so comfortable with the idea of a natural birth. I am not quite sure if you remember, but when at my first appointment I was going crazy, because I had been bleeding. As a matter of fact the night before my appointment I went to the emergency room, and they sent me home with papers that read “threatened abortion”. I was surprised at the way you remained calm and professional about it, I went home after that appointment feeling like everything was going to be OK. You provided me invaluable information on things that I could take to help make my uterus stronger , as well as a clear mind. I am still very new to the “natural” way of doing things, and you accepted me and made me feel comfortable. Booker and I could not have asked for a better birthing experience. You have completely changed my view on a lot of things in life. As a matter of fact my diet has undergone a major change as a result. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to have the Natural VBAC that Booker and I wanted for our son. This was the best birthing experience ever! Thank you for all you have done and thank you for making it all possible and helping me every step of the way.

P.S: Both of your assistants were great! I love you all! I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”


April 12, 2012
January, 24, 2012; 6:58 AM
First, my prenatal care through Sarah Jones Midwifery was beyond excellent. My first pregnancy had been extremely difficult, wrought with all kinds of health issues, including gallstones. I expressed my deep anxiety to Sarah about this second pregnancy when I met her the first time. Through her knowledge and natural health plan, I had the most wonderful feeling pregnancy I could have dreamed of! Her use
of supplements, oils, and healthy foods did wonders for my body and the health of the baby. You will not find another with more wisdom than Sarah.
The birth:
Went to bed on the evening of the 23rd around 11:00. My due date was still 6 days away, and since I was late with my first, I figured this labor would be the same. Woke to my first contraction at 12:45 am, more annoyed than anything. I figured it was another dose of false labor, so I bustled up and got in the bathtub at 1:15. I thought the water would stop the contractions and I could go back to bed.  Surprisingly, I sat in the tub for about 45 minutes, and my contractions picked up!
(I downloaded a free contraction timer app on my phone that I could use while I surfed facebook).
At 2:00, I texted Sarah to let her know what was happening. I still wasn’t fully convinced that this was it. She suggested I take Benadryl and try to get more sleep. But by the time my husband got his shoes on to go pick some up, there was no point.  My husband called Sarah back to let her know that they had gotten stronger and I could no longer talk through them. She said, “Okay. I’m on my way!”
By 3:00 am, Sarah and most of her team had arrived. My photographer, Cassie Raney with Sassafras Photography, joined the party. Thank you, Cassie, for lavishing us with incredible memories! You truly have a gift.  Contractions were 4-5 minutes apart, lasting about a minute. I was a good 5 centimeters, water intact. For the next couple of hours, my husband and I labored.  In the shower, on the toilet, on the birthing ball. He was a fantastic partner –squeezing my hips, supporting me. The entire midwife team labored in prayer with us as I progressed.  With my bag of waters still intact, I wasn’t fully dilating. I was stuck at 8 cm. Sarah had me climb up in bed and push with the next two contractions to see if we could get the baby’s head down low enough to put a bit of pressure  the cervix since the bag of waters was doing all the dilation. She was a genius! She held my cervix in place while the baby’s head came down.  Once his head was low enough she broke my water.  At 6 am. She sent me to the toilet for a few contractions, knowing this position would drop the baby down, and boy, did it! By the third contraction, the pushing was involuntary.  I moved to the bed, and we began to push. With my first baby, I only pushed twice –one for the head and once for the body. So I thought it would be a breeze! But this baby was still a little higher up, so it took a little more work. And a lot more trusting my team and my Heavenly Father to endure the pain. About 5 pushes later, his head was crowning. With the next contraction, his head came out and his body right after. It was probably only 15 minutes of vigorous pushing, but it felt like a lifetime! 6:58 am. Leland Tate Gosnell; 7.7 lbs, 19.5 inches long.  The Lord so faithfully even worked out the timing. We had prayed that he would be born before our 2 ½ yr old son woke up at 7:00. Just in time!
Leland was perfect. Not even very upset with us! My placenta was a little stubborn, so I was lifted up into a squatting position and pushed with a contraction. It finally released, and came out completely. Thank you, Jesus!
[On a side note, I had postpartum depression when my first child was born , and had been searching for ways to avoid it this time. Sarah suggested I encapsulate my placenta, and referred me to Brittany Wackowski. Studies show the placenta promotes bonding, increases lactation, decreases postpartum fatigue, and helps avoid postpartum depression. Ask Sarah for more info if you’re interested.]
As I was being checked, our herbal bath was made. With no lights but a few dim
candles, it was the most serene experience. The baby and I loved it.  I would have done this no other way. Thank you, Lord, for the incredible joy of birthing a child. And thank you to Sarah and her team for making Leland’s birthday at home an amazing experience!
January 30, 2012
Diets by Joel robbins DC, MD
Morning Sickness:
Morning sickness results when the body, realizing that it is pregnant, undergoes some extra-ordinary house-cleaning in an effort to make as healthy a situation for the growing fetus as possible. While the mother is sleeping, her body is actively removing posisons and delivering them to the liver and kidneys for elimination. If these avenues of exit are already overloaded, nausea results as teh liver is forced to dump toxin directly into the intestine prior to neutralizing them.

The best thing to do for mornign sickness is to drink only juice— as little or as much as you want— and don’t eat solids for about three days. This gives the liver a break from digesting food and thus it can focus more fully on catching up on toxic elimination. Follow this
practice whenever morning sickness occurs.

The concern that most women have when hearing that they must only drink fresh juice for two to three days for morning sickness, is that the baby will be deprived of nutrition. What must be kept in mind is that the embryo is extremely small at this time, and does not require much nutrition. In fact, it requires little if any outside nutrition. The placenta is loaded with all kinds of nutrients especially to feed the new embryo during the first few weeks of life. if there is a need for outside
nutrition at this time, the morning sickness will subside and a normal appetite will return.

Some experience extreme morning sickness, to te point that the only thing that will quell the severe nausea is toast, bread, crackers, etc. These are acceptable at this time, eating minimal amounts to keep the nausea at bay. Some additional things to consider with morning sickness is to take the following:
Chromium, sometimes known as GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor)
Vitamin B6
Both of these can be found in health food stores. Take double the
recommended dose listed on the lables.

There are also those new mothers who find that with or sometimes without morning sickness, their tastes and cravings change to the point that some or all raw fruites and vegetables are repulsive. to these i recommend that they listen to their body and avoid these foods, eating steamed vegetables, whole grains, white meat, attempting now and then to consume
some fresh and raw. Usually at the end of the first trimester, the appetite for fresh and raw fruits and vegetables returns, and these should then be added back into te diet. Again, there is no need for concern that the mother and baby are being deprived of nutrition for not
eating the fresh and raw during this time. The whole grains, steamed vegetables, etc., do contain viable nutrition. pages 20-21

As far as juicing another book by Dr. Robbins called Health Through Nutrition talks about juicing. Commercially produced juices are pasteurized which means dead no living
enzymes and full of sugar, food colorings, perservatives. Useless! Health food store brands are better. Sip juice slowly is allows for better digestion. Drink juice alone not with solid food. It is like a meal itself. Do not combine fruits and vegetables as these require different digestive
processes, fruits need to be separated from vegatables thus. All fruits may be mixed together. All vegetables may be mixed together. All melons may be mixed together. Except Lettuce and celery can be combined with either fruit or vegetalbe juice and apples will mix with vegetable
juices. When making vegetable juice make it predomiinately 80% either carrot juice or tomato juice and mix with celery, cucumbers, green peppers, etc. While vegetalbe generally do not contain as high amounts of glucose as fruits, carrot juice and tomato juice are both relatively
sweet, and will carry the tast of other nutritious vegetable if mixed in. Be sure to put celery and/or lettuce in every glass fruit or vegetable. This increase the calcium and B-vitamins input that is so important during pregnancy and nursing. Pg 49-51

We recommend for nausea 80% carrot, 2-3 stocks of celery and a wedge of beat the size of an orange segment. The carrot gives the base and live enzymes, the celery has the calcium and B vitamins, and the beat is good for liver support and detox so important in helping with morning
January 22, 2012

Warning: This does not take the place of medical advice, these are only tools to help a client who is already under good medical care.

Marjarum (Reduces pains from contractions while making the contractions more effective, afterbirth pains)

How to use: aroma therapy- 10-15 drops in the diffuser, or 2-3drops mixed with 1Tbsp of carrier oil and rub on belly

Geranium (Stabilizes vitals, eases breathing, calming in labor or during high stress, UTI, infections, natural antibiotic, jaundice, hemorrhoids, postpartum blues)

How to use: aroma therapy- 10-15 drops in the diffuser, or 2-3drops mixed with carrier oil and rub on bottom of feet and other areas of the body as needed

For Mom and Doula

Clary sage (Brings milk supply in quicker and fuller, post partum blues, small doses postpartum only, postdates to start labor, aids cervical dilation)

How to use in labor: sniff through 3 contractions, or mix 1 drop with carrier oil and rub into the bottom of the feet (1 drop in bath) if mom has an aversion to the smell

How to use for bringing milk: 1 drop in a carrier oil and rub under arm pits

Caution: DO NOT use in pregnancy or with children, do not excess 2 drops in a day

Fennel (Pain relief, increases milk supply along with Basil, hormonal acne, fluid retention from PMS, balances hormones, gas pains, and indigestion)

How to use: mix 2drops with 1tbls of carrier oil and rub on area that is having pain

Caution: Not to be used in pregnancy, children, or epileptic, (no longer then 2 days)

Nutmeg (Supports adrenal system, helping with fatigue and blood sugar levels)

How to use: aroma therapy- 10-15 drops in the diffuser, or mix 4drops with 1tbls of carrier oil and rub into the adrenal areas

Lavender (Relaxes muscles and takes the edge off pain)

How to use: 10 drops mixed with 1/2cup of Epson salts in bath, rub 2 drops on the bottom of the feet, wear as a perfume.

Rosewood (Lack of progress, fear or tension)

How to use: aroma therapy- 10-15 drops in the diffuser, or sniff through 2-3 contractions.

Whispering Hope (Feeling hopeless, good for transition)

How to use: aroma therapy- 10-15 drops in the diffuser, or sniff through 2-3 contractions, place on ear lobes, wear as perfume.

Total $90.00

January 20, 2012
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