Thank you for the interest in Home Birth San Antonio. I would like to share with you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in San Antonio. I married my husband in 1999 and together, we have 4 great kids. My first three children were born in hospitals. At the birth of my third child, many mistakes made by my nurse led to my son being born with no one in the room. When the doctor on call (not my regualr OB) came into my room (30 minutes after the birth) he was rude and ANGRY with me! He made my son's birthday a horrible memory.
When I became pregnant with my fourth child, I wanted to make sure the negativity of the previous birth was not repeated. I had continued to see my OB for routine care in the 7 years between pregnancies. When I got pregnant, the first thought was to go to the doctor I had a relationship with. I shared with her my concerns for having this doctor attend another birth. I was willing to be induced when she was on call just to make sure he was not at my birth. My doctor's reaction to my story was "Don't you think you should be over it by now?" After my first prenatal with my OB, I left the office crying. I could not return. That meeting led me to seek something different. By chance, while searching through online movies, I came across a film I had wanted to see. I had seen the preview for “The Business of Being Born”, and it looked interesting, but I had no idea what it was about. On the night of my emotional prenatal visit, I watched it with my husband. Everything changed.
I had no idea that midwives still existed and practiced. I thought they were around in the pioneer days and in remote, rural areas where access to doctors and hospitals is limited. The more I watched, the more I agreed with the documentary in front of me. At the time, I worked in the hospital and saw many of the things described. I wanted something different. I sought a midwife for my care. The next day I called and set up a meeting with a midwife. When we met, I felt like I had met an old friend. She was genuinely caring for me as a person. I was not just a number on a file or a body in a waiting room. When I told my story, she was understanding and empathetic.
My entire family enjoyed the prenatal visits. They were like none I had had before. Visits took place in my home and lasted at least an hour. They involved the entire family. My kids were welcome and got to ask questions. They were encouraged to try to feel the baby and “help”. I LOVED the care I got. I remember thinking how much better my other pregnancies and births could have been if only I had the information and time that my midwife provided. None of my doctors had provided the time, care, attention, and education that was provided by my midwife. This was my fourth and I was learning so much.
When I was 38 weeks, my baby turned… sideways. Babies can’t be born this way. Any other provider would have scheduled a c-section. My midwife was patient. We did natural things to encourage the baby to turn. I have never spent so much time upside down! I had a couple of chiropractic adjustments and at 41 weeks, he finally turned. William was born at home in water at 41 weeks 3 days. It was so nice to be able to move and eat and drink. The discomforts of labor were much more manageable with being able to walk, change position, and get in water. I knew that by the end of my home birth journey, I would never be the same.
I decided to become a midwife. After 4 years of training in the home birth and birth center setting, my dream came true. I have been practicing midwifery since October 2014. I see clients in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. I love seeing families grow and welcome their new addition. I enjoy the feeling that I am helping a woman and her family birth a new little person into the world.
If you have questions and want to see if home birth is right for you, call and schedule an interview with Julie at (210)473-2342.