I absolutely loved our experience with Nativiti! I am so grateful for the Lord leading us to their care for our 4th pregnancy. After having 3 long hospital births with lots of interventions, I knew deep down that I did not want to have that experience again. I never felt connected to the process in the hospital. I always felt uncared for by my doctors and rushed through the process. Oh but Nativiti! The facility was like a sweet cozy home to us and we immediately felt at home when we walked in for the first time. I had a lot of past fears when it came to birth because of my previous experiences in the hospital. I really didn’t know if I could have a natural birth but I knew I wanted to at least try. I loved all of my care by Jaelin and Jamie throughout my pregnancy. They are like angels to our family. They truly cared about me and my sweet Titus even before he was born. As soon as we found out his gender they spoke of him by name from then on. The entire staff felt like family by the end of my pregnancy.
I have gone over my due date for my two pregnancies previous to Titus so I expected to go over my due date again, which I did. The difference this time though was that there was no pressure to “get things going” from my sweet midwives. They simply told me that Titus would come when he was ready. They helped educate us on how important good position of the baby is for labor. On my last visit before I went into labor they kept telling me to keep their numbers close by and I was thinking, “why do they keep saying that, my uterus is totally quiet”. They knew so much more based on how I looked and spoke that I would be in labor soon. And they were right. The next morning, I started having contractions.
I had never been able to have the feeling of going into labor on my own so this was all so new to me. I was sitting at the breakfast table and noticed that I had two contractions. So I started timing them even though I thought for sure it wasn’t labor because it didn’t hurt enough. The contractions started getting a little stronger so I went to lay down to see if they would go away. After about 15 minutes of timing them I called my husband and sent him a screen shot of my contraction counter. He decided to come straight home even though I told him it didn’t feel like labor.
I then realized my contractions were 2 minutes apart lasting about one minute each time. I was definitely in labor. We called Nativiti to let them know and they said to come in right away. So, we made our way out of the house after kissing our other kiddos and moving the car seat to my husband’s car. The entire time I wasn’t scared or nervous at all. I was so overjoyed to be experiencing my labor. It was something I have wanted to experience since having my first child. And what was even more awesome was that it wasn’t bad at all!! I thought for sure I would be sent home because I wasn’t dilated enough.
We arrived at Nativiti at 10:20am. I walked into my birthing room and it was like walking into a spa. They had the lights low and soft music playing. My birth assistant Bobbi Lynn was there waiting for us as well. And that glorious birthing tub! I would love to have that tub in my dream house some day! I was still having contractions but again, not too painful. Jaelin checked me and to my complete surprise I was already 7cm dilated!! I almost didn’t believe her! I went from 1cm the previous day to 7cm less than 24 hours later! I was so happy and so ready to keep going. I remember saying “Really, this isn’t so bad!”. My favorite labor position ended up being on the birthing ball with my husband behind me hugging me through each contraction. It still did not feel like labor to me! I was laughing between contractions and so happy to just be in a safe and peaceful place. I stood up when I wanted to, sat on the birthing ball when I wanted to and got in the tub when I wanted to.
It truly felt like a dream come true. The water felt amazing! I chose to kneel in the tub and rest over the edge of the tub with my husband on the outside talking me through the tougher contractions. I kept falling asleep in between contractions which I never even thought was possible. Again, hospital births are not like natural births so I had that experience in the back of my mind. It felt like we were the only people there. It was peaceful and gentle and so amazing. I remember getting to the point of pushing and thinking it would never be over. I ended up having a huge baby which contributed to that feeling. And I only pushed for about 12 minutes! I remember when my sweet Titus came out how amazing I felt. Like I had just done the one thing in life that I never thought I would do. He was born at 12:25pm weighing 10 pounds 7.5ounces. My biggest baby and my quickest and most painless labor! God is good!! They handed him to me and he lay on my chest looking so sweet and precious.
I loved the care I received after Titus made his entrance into this world the most. I had the most relaxing herbal bath with my new little baby and it felt like heaven. I held him there in the water half way submerged and he was so quiet and at peace. He hardly even cried after he was born. After our bath they let us lay on a comfy bed and rest together as a family. My husband has never been able to be that involved with any of my labors and to have him this involved added to my sense of peace throughout the entire process.
We were at Nativiti for a total of 7 hours! For us this was a glorious miracle. We got to have our sweet baby and go home all before dinner time. The only thing that can truly sum up my birth experience at Nativiti is exceptional care. I felt loved and cared for by the entire staff. They listened to me, laughed with me, and were excited with me when my baby finally made his entrance into this world. It was only the Lord that lead us to Nativiti and I will forever be grateful.