Midwife


January 8, Thursday. Journal Excerpt

Week # 16

We went to see Uta, the midwife we have chosen to work with, lovely little blue-eyed elf of a woman with a peaceful personality and a great bio: I have been a midwife for 26 years, completing my midwifery education in 1981 in Germany and since then have attended approximately 2000 births. The midwifery care I provide is built upon my strong belief in birth as a natural process. I see myself as a professional guide accompanying women during this very intense personal experience and I am very passionate about the special services and care our ancient profession has to offer.

I am educated in classical homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy and herbal medicine for use in pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period. I registered with the College of Midwives of BC in 2006 and have been working as a midwife in Victoria since the summer of 2007.

Doesn’t that sound like someone you would want on your team!?

We all had a lovely visit and my blood tests all came back wonderfully, no disease (!), good iron, and I am an A+ blood type which I didn’t know. (NOTE: Having my blood tested was one of the two tests I had done during my pregnancy. The second was a test for GBS. Both of these tests were non-invasive and I felt that the information they provided was very useful. Tests I declined included ultrasound, gestational diabetes, and use of the doppler.) Uta had a hard time finding the baby’s heartbeat today, baby was feeling shy and hiding. We could hear it moving around a lot though, and I started to laugh, listening to all the precious kicks and jumps. We finally heard it and baby was down low on the left side. I was just now thinking about it moving all around and sitting down there and it made me feel so flooded with love. My baby is doing such adorable things already!

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December 2, Tuesday. Journal Excerpt.

Week #10

Today is a very special day, today we got to hear our baby’s heartbeat!!! Oh sweet dear little big heart, how much I love you! What a magical experience, I will never forget it, hearing my child for the first time. Both David and I had eyes full of happy tears.

We are all moved into our beautiful new castle in the sky and we love it. I feel more excited than I’ve ever been to be here in Victoria, this city really seems to have come alive in the past few years since I’ve been away. A lot of new, hip, creative energy and happy, shiny people filling the streets. And of course I am adoring being so close to my sisters, and Dad and Constanze. It also feels so good to be living in a small space again, I love being in a cozy womb of books, flowers, and love.

Here are some pictures of our little home! (click on me)

We had a first meeting with a midwife today (we met with three different midwifes before choosing one) and it was wonderful to sit and talk birth and babies. It makes it feel so much more real, being pregnant! It was at the end of our meeting that the midwife, Uta, offered to listen for a heartbeat. She said that at this stage there is a 50/50 chance that we’d be able to hear the little one. So I lay down on her couch and pulled up my shirt and immediately when she put the Doppler to my stomach we could hear it loud and clear! Uta said “Oh, this one certainly isn’t shy, its come right up so we can hear it.” We could also hear other sounds that she said were kicks, an active baby too, it kicked four times while we listened. She also placed the Doppler so we could hear my heart beat, twice as slow. I have two hearts beating in my body right now, AMAZING!!

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Photo by Ashleigh