Emmalee

Emmalee

Emmalee

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I accidentally delivered my third child in the car while we attempted to drive to the hospital, so I knew when I got pregnant with my fourth that I wanted to have a home birth. The experience was nothing short of incredible. Around 9 am I knew I felt different and our baby would be coming at some point that day.  I was able to continue doing life with my other three children as I labored on and off throughout the day.

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Emmalee

Emmalee

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My husband was here along with my best friend and I was able to labor with ease in the comfort of our home.  As things grew more intense Julie arrived and I had such peace knowing I was in her care. Just over an hour after she arrived our son entered the world surrounded by his siblings, who watched the whole process in awe. 

Edison

Emmalee

Edison

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Bringing new life into the world is one of the most vulnerable and intimate things a woman can do. To do it in my own home was incredibly empowering.  I would never choose to do it any other way again. 

Edison

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Melissa

Melissa

Melissa

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When I met Julie and Kara at their office “meet and greet,” I immediately knew these were the women I wanted to provide my prenatal care and attend the birth of my 3rd child. My first birth was in the hospital with a large midwife practice and my second was at a freestanding birth center. Unfortunately, I felt the care I received in those practices and at birth resembled a “medwife” philosophy and I was just another rushed number in a long queue of patients.  True informed consent was not provided and I was at the mercy of each establishments “rules.”  Therefore, when it came time to choose my prenatal care for my 3rd pregnancy I decided homebirth was the right path.    After  my first prenatal appointment, it was clear that I had made the right choice  I loved going to their cozy office with no long waits  I frequently brought my children and both Julie and Kara involved them and allowed them to help.  I never felt rushed and often we would get lost talking and getting to know each other. 

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 There were some tests I wanted to skip or seek alternative testing options and they both provided true informed consent, meaning they presented the pros and cons, what they usually do in their practice, alternatives, latest research and then left the choice up to me and fully supported what choice I made. Additionally I was given both their cell numbers and was encouraged to call or text with any questions or concerns and they both always responded in a timely fashion.  My labor started when Kara  out of town, but Julie was wonderful during my birth. We communi by text in the early stages of labor and she even offered to sleep in her office to be closer to my home. My labor moved swift, so she only arrived about 90 minutes before my son was born, but she was very respectful of how I wanted to labor and although I was in the zone laboring , I remember seeing her sitting in my hallway being a quiet observer allowing my body to do what it needed to do.  I wanted to catch my baby and I did! 

Wynn

Melissa

BIG brothers!

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 Julie unobtrusively observed while I snuggled my son in the birth pool and it was a peaceful and gentle welcome to the world, such a contrast to how my other two were welcomed with rough towel rubbing and nurses interrupting to touch baby.    It  truly  was  everything   I wanted  in  a  dreams  birth.    When  it  was  time  to  transfer  to  the  bed  and  shower,  her  compassion  and  love  of  the  entire  birth  process  showed  and  it  was  such  a  blessing  to  be  aided  by  someone  so  caring,  thoughtful and  respectful!    Thank  you  Jukie  and  Kara  dor  amazing  care  during  such  a  special  time  for  my  family    i  am  left  with  nothing  but  positive  and  amazing  memories of  my  prenatal  care  and  birth!

BIG brothers!

BIG brothers!

BIG brothers!

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BIG brothers!

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KAMEELA’S STORY

I  had  a  gratifying  experience with  Midwife  Partners  Julie  and  Kara.    They  truly  took  great  care  of  me  throughout  my  office  visits  and  definitely at  labor  and  delivery    They  have  exceeded  my  expectations  by  far  being  that  I  was  a  VBAC  patient  hoping  for  a  water  birth.

What  led  me  to having  a  home  birth  was  a  horrible  experience  I  had  in  the  past  at  a  hospital.    Lomg  story  short  I  opted  for  the  epidural,  next  the  doctor  broke  my  water  manually,  then  I  was  told  the  baby’s  heart  rate  dropped and  I  needed  an  emergency  C-section.    I  was  in  labor  for 6  hours  and  had  dilated  to  7.    It  wasn’t until  I  left  the  hospital  that  I  realized  I  was  rushed to  deliver  my  baby  and  robbed  of  a  natural  birth experience.    Julie  and  Kara  definitely gave  me  this  natural experience I  had  hoped  for.   They  were  consistently  welcoming,  honest  and  positive  about delivering  my  baby at  home.   They  honored  my birth  plan and  were  my  biggest  cheerleaders as  I  was pushing,  it  was  very  encouraging,  empowering  and  pleasantly  unexpected.  They  have  definitely raised  the  bar  on  home  births  and  I  will never  choose  a  hospital  birth again.    

Ashley

Julianna

Ashley

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Julianna, being my fourth child and second home birth, seemed to be my most relaxed birth.  I knew exactly what I wanted when looking for a midwife.  When I met with Julie for the first time, she told me about her and Kara’s practice and their experience.  After I shared my expectations (having the most natural pregnancy and labor as possible) regarding homebirth, I knew that I would mesh well with Midwife Partners.

The morning of labor (though I wasn’t sure if it was labor), I started to have light bleeding followed by what seemed like Braxton Hicks contractions.  I never had bleeding with my other labors, so I wasn’t convinced that “today was the day.”  The contractions spanned throughout the morning and afternoon.  I texted Julie and made her aware of my symptoms.  That evening I went to my previously scheduled appointment with Julie.  My contractions were becoming uncomfortable.  Julie even asked me if I was sure I was not in labor, to which I replied “No.”. 

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After the appointment, my family and I went to dinner at a nearby restaurant.  During the meal, I couldn’t sit down because of how much the contractions hurt, though they still seemed pretty random and far apart.  We hurried our meal along just in case though. We arrived home and immediately put the other three children to bed.  I sat in a bath for a little bit it wasn’t helping.  I then accepted that I was in labor.  I texted Julie and let her know that the contractions were becoming stronger and more regular.  She immediately called and assured me that she would be there soon.  I told her to take her time and that it would probably be awhile since I usually labored around eight hours and the contractions were still five minutes apart.  I  am  glad  that  she  didn’t take  my  advice  because  as  soon  as  i  hung  up  the  phone,  the  contractions increased  to  two  minutes  apart.    Thankfully,  30  minutes later  she  and  her  team  arrived.    

Julianna

Julianna

Julianna

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I  was  barely  aware  of  what  was  going  on,  but  Julie,  Kara  and  Ashley  (a  student)  seemed  to  work  effortlessly to  prepare  the  room  while  my  husband  helped  me  through  labor.    Everyone  was  so  helpful  and  patient.    They  offered  ideas  of  different  positions  to  labor  in  to  help  make  me  more  comfortable.    At  one  point,  Julie  even  pressed  on  my  back  during  a  few  contractions.    Everything just  seemed  to  go  so  quickly and  seamlessly  that  I  hardly  remember  it.    But  that‘s  a  good  thing!    Baby  Julianna  came  about  30  minutes  after  the  arrival  of  our  team!    She  was  beautiful,  perfect  and  had  a  full  head  of  dark  brown  hair!    As  soon  as  she  came  I  asked  if  it  was  really  a  girl!    (My  other  3  are  boys  and  I  never  fully  believed  the  ultrasound technicians!)    My  husband  and  I  are  so  thankful  for  Jukie  and  Kara  and  how  they  made  every  bit   Of  our  exoerience  wonderful  and  memorable.    


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Julianna

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SNUGGLES!

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big brothers!

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Diane and ayah

Diane and ayah

Diane and ayah

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After a relatively easy pregnancy, I went into labor at exactly 41 weeks. For more than a week I had been feeling contractions in the evenings and on multiple nights felt certain labor was going to begin. I felt a bit cranky and more ready than ever to meet my baby. At my 41 week appointment that afternoon, Kara was so calm and positive. She assured me the baby was fine and was ready to come at any time now. That night  around 1:30 am I was woken up by my contractions. I knew it was finally the real deal when they didn’t let up after I got out of bed and went to the bathroom. I laid back down for a little bit and when the contractions started to get stronger I let my husband MJ know labor had begun. I continued to labor in bed for a while and moved to the birthing ball when the contractions became too uncomfortable to stay laying down. As labor progressed I alternated between the birthing ball, the shower, and eventually the toilet when the contractions really got intense.   MJ kept asking if I wanted to call Cara and Julie, but I kept assuring him that I was fine and didn’t need to call yet because my water hadn’t broken and I was fine.

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Diane and ayah

Finally, around 4:30 in the morning MJ insisted I text Kara and Julie, which was great judgment on his part. Right after I sent the text I started throwing up and I knew it was go time. Julie called me, asked me a few questions and said they’d be on their way. MJ got the bed ready putting down the plastic and extra sheets, and  got out the birth  kit.. Kara  and Julie arrived and got their stuff set up just before I started pushing. I knelt on the bed holding onto MJ while I pushed. When he needed a break I held onto Kara and all the while Julie monitored the baby’s progress. I’m not sure how long I pushed or how many pushes it took to bring Ayah  into the world, but it didn’t seem like too many. I had one brief moment of doubt when I was feeling really tired and  the  pain  was  at  its  most  intense  that I  doubted  if  i  could  finish  pushing  her  out.    That  moment  of  doubt didn’t  last long when I  remembered she  was  already  partway down  the  birth  canal  and  it  was  much  too  late  to  quit.    With Kara,  Julie,  and  MJ’s  encouragement and  gentle coaching  I  pushed  a  couple  more  times  and  Ayah  was  born.

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Ayah was born just before 6:00 am that morning. I felt elated that the hard work was done and that I could finally meet her. Julie laid  her on my chest and MJ and I just marveled at how beautiful she was and how miraculous birth is. After I delivered the placenta, MJ’s mom brought in our older daughter, Maryam, to meet Ayah. Maryam looked stunned and confused by a whole new person appearing  in our house while she was sleeping. Kara and  Julie stayed for a little while to help me into the shower, weigh Ayah, and clean up. Resting in my own bed afterwards and snuggling Ayah felt incredible.

Ashleigh

Bryan, and Naomi and baby Aviva

Bryan, and Naomi and baby Aviva

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I never thought seriously about having a home birth until I was pregnant with my second daughter. My first was born in a hospital out of state, with a wonderful OB and without any interventions.  Although it was a constant battle to have an intervention-free birth in a hospital, the birth went as well as I expected.  We relocated before I became pregnant again, so I had to choose a new provider, and decided a midwife was probably a better fit than an OB.  I didn’t start thinking about a home birth until I came across Kara and Julie.  My husband thought I  lost my mind, “what if something goes wrong?  Babies are born in hospitals for a reason!” he said, over and over. But we did some research together, and he agreed to go to an initial appointment with Kara, then another one, and slowly started to trust her more than my previous OB  Eventually,  in the final weeks he admitted he was very glad we didn’t have to go to the hospital. 

Bryan, and Naomi and baby Aviva

Bryan, and Naomi and baby Aviva

Bryan, and Naomi and baby Aviva

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Unlike my first baby, I thought I was in labor several times, starting around 37 weeks.  I was certain the baby would be early, and hoped she would hold on until my best friend arrived the week before my due date. She obliged, but still hadn’t arrived on my due date, or the day after, and my friend was flying home the next afternoon!  I was 40+1 and knew we had to be close. We had a very active day with lots of walks, and shortly after getting my 3 year old to bed contractions started and didn’t stop. Finally!  Kara arrived first, around 9:30, even though my contractions  weren’t  that intense yet - she didn’t want to risk things progressing too quickly. Julie, their student Ashley, and our doula Rebekah arrived shortly after. 

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Being in labor is never easy, but staying home was a wonderful experience. We sat in my room and talked and laughed for a few hours until things started to get intense, then moved to the pool in my bathroom. The pool was a dream  - I had intense back labor, but the water made it so much more bearable. Kara  and Julie were diligent with their monitoring but let me labor however I needed to and Rebekah was a lifesaver with comfort measures. The room was peaceful and full of laughter, positivity,, and empowerment -  the complete opposite of my hospital birth. I was open to a water birth, but glad I didn’t set my hopes on it -   the buoyancy of the water made pushing incredibly difficult for me. The last stage is a bit of a blur, but I knew I was close because the only thing I remember very clearly is telling Julie that I could only last 20 more minutes, or I would die. We went back into the bed, my water broke (in Julie’s face and she didn’t even flinch!)  and  baby arrived very shortly after, at 4:37 AM. The birth was amazing!

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My husband helped deliver the baby he once  thought needed to be born in a hospital, I pulled her up to my chest, and was given all the time I wanted to snuggle and feed her.  Immediately after the birth Ashley woke up my three-year-old and my best friend, and watching my three-year-old meet her minutes-old baby sister was the most magical moment of our lives! A moment she will never forget, and one that would have been impossible in a hospital. When I was ready, I was helped into the shower and came out to a freshly-made bed, laundry started, and no signs of any mess. My homebirth is easily the most cherished moment of my life. There was never a moment of fear, doubt, hesitation, or negativity from the moment labor started until baby was in my arms. We are forever grateful we chose to give birth with Kara and Julie in the comfort and safety of our own home, and my husband is officially a homebirth advocate!

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A few years ago, I had a wonderful experience of watching one of my best friends deliver her second baby at home and I knew that if I ever had children I would want to do the same. I wasn’t planning on having a baby anytime soon, but when my husband and I became unexpectedly pregnant I knew I wanted to pursue having a homebirth. Thinking about pursuing a homebirth and actually doing it are two different things! I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know any first-time moms who had a homebirth with their first baby, but Julie and Kara  made me feel so confident and comfortable throughout the whole process.

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My  sweet boy came into the world fast and furious. I woke up around 6 AM to my water breaking and assumed that, like most first-time moms, I would have a long labor and have him later that evening. However within a few hours my contractions were only five minutes apart. My husband and I were hesitant to call Julie and Kara  because again, we were expecting to have a long day ahead of us. When our doula  showed up around 10 AM, she said we needed to call Julie as soon as possible. Thankfully we did because by 12 PM I was pushing and our son arrived at 2 PM. The experience was intense and challenging, however, the thing I love the most about having him at home was that I was able to just ride the wave of labor versus  halting  it  to  head  to  the  hospital.   I  know that   I  will  have  my  future  babe(s)  with  Julie  and  Kara,  as  I  honestly can‘t  imagine  or  picture  having  it  any  other  way.

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emma and lincoln

emma and lincoln

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On  my  side  of  the  family,  the  home  births  with  midwives outweigh  the  hospital  births.    On  my  husband’s side  of  the  family  they  schedule  births  around  holidays  and  the  doctor’s  schedule.    When  we  went  looking  for  an  OBGYN  to  have  our  first,  we  were  recommended  to  the  office  where  Julie  and  Kara  were  locensed  nurse-midwives who  birthed  babies  in  the  hospital.    That  was  a  good  middle  ground  for  us.    Fast  forward  through  two  beautiful  natural  births  in  the  hospital  with  Julie  and  Kara  by  our  side,  guiding  us  and  protecting  my rights.    Then  we  got  pregnant  with  our  third.    Our  second  born  was  almost  3  at  the  time.    I  had  heard  rumors,  but  when  I  emailed  Julie  it  was  confirmed.    They  were  doing  home  births  now!    I  was  not  super  sure  about  it,  but  my  husband  (who  comes  from  the  scheduled  epidural  side)  said,  “Let’s  go  for  it!”    Let  me  be  clear,  I  had  total  trust  in  Julie  and  Kara;  my  insecurities  were  more  about  not  really  loving  our  home  and  not  seeing  it  as  a  beautiful place  to  birth  a  child.    HOWEVER,  i  did  not  want  to  go  looking  for  another    idwofe  when  I  loved  the  ones  we  already  had,  who  had  been  there  for  me  and  knew  how  my  body  worked  when  birthing  a  baby!  

So  we  went  for  it!

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emma and lincoln

emma and lincoln

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Along the way with the pregnancy there were concerns, which Julie and Kara helped us through, getting us to a great specialist and even being mindful of the fact that we have no insurance. Thankfully we were able to continue with our original birth plan, and February 5 arrived with a birth pool ready to go in the nursery and me trying to be patient and let the baby come when he was ready. I started having contractions around 9 AM. We had two false alarms before that and so I tried showering to slow the contractions but it didn’t help. So I called Julie, and we stayed in contact until her arrival around 11:30 AM. I was pacing the floor, which is much more comfortable than riding in a car to the hospital! My husband fixed coffee, baked a frozen pizza  and  we  all  watched  the  Superbowl  parade on  TV  (Go  Chiefs!).    Julie and Kara  checked my vitals and hung out with us until about 12:30 PM. Then they got the pool filled up, and I labored for about an hour in the tub before I started to feel like the baby was ready to come! Julie was pouring water on my back and Kara was making sure the water temperature was right. My husband was getting me snacks and water to drink, and I was praying to God to help this go quick!

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Lincoln  Joseph was born at 2:16 PM in the water with a total of about three pushes! Julie guided him out and I even got to help pull him out and up onto my chest! Kara captured the whole thing on a  cell phone video for us, and they worked together to make sure everything was handled while I cuddled our big boy, who weighed in at 10 pounds 8  ounces and I ended up with only a very tiny tear. I didn’t even have to get stitches! I had two  spells of  dizziness after, and both times Julie and Kara  were working as a team to make sure I was take care of and baby and I were both healthy.  

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The  thing  I  was  most  amazed  about  though  was  that  when  Julie and Kara  left later that evening, it was like they had never been there. The pool was gone, I couldn’t find a trace of anything saying I had birthed  a baby in our home. Just my perfect baby boy, and I never even had to leave my home! Forever thanks, Julie and Kara! IF  we ever have another baby in the future we will be calling Midwife Partners in Women’s Wellness!!