Samuel's Birth Story

"I had been having contractions all day on Friday but was able to continue with my regular day – I had an appointment with my midwife, prepped dinner for the crock pot while my older son Alex napped, met my mom and went to Costco in the afternoon. By the time I was coming home from my mom’s around 4:30 pm I was definitely feeling the contractions but still didn’t think anything would happen soon (my first labour had been over 24 hours long). My husband Chris got home at 5:30 and I went and had a bath, and things sped up from there. I finally started timing contractions and they went from 30 seconds long at 6:00 to 50-60 seconds long at 6:45. Chris called my mom and asked her to come stay with Alex, and we called the midwives to let them know I was in labour. I still wasn’t convinced that I had progressed far enough to actually leave home, so I told the midwife we’d call back after my mom arrived and decide then if it was time to go to the birth centre. By the time my mom arrived contractions were coming faster and stronger and it was definitely time to hit the road. We left home around 7:30 and Chris drove 140 kph on the Henday most of the way. He said when I swore really badly on the second speed bump on the way out of our street, he knew he was going to have to hurry. ☺

The midwife checked me when we got to the birth centre and when she told me I was 8 cm I was SO excited. When I was labouring with Alex I only made it to six before getting the epidural so I was proud of myself for getting to eight! I got in the tub and only had a few contractions before starting to push. I think they told me later that the pushing stage lasted about 20 minutes – it felt way longer and way shorter at the same time. Samuel was born at 8:39 pm, about 45 minutes after we arrived at the birth centre.

I absolutely never thought I would be one of those women that had a three hour labour. I honestly think that reading and hearing about several women who had really positive (and short) labour experiences helped make it possible for me. I really wanted this birth to be so many things to help me heal from my first experience, and it turned out to be exactly what I wanted and then some. My prenatal appointments were comfortable and free of pressure. I went into labour on my own, I laboured at home for as long as possible, I was allowed and encouraged to do what felt right at my own pace and without intervention. It was the best experience I could have asked for. And they made me waffles afterwards!"


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Upcoming Events at the Lucina Centre

Pregnancy to Parenting 1 day Prenatal Workshop.  Watch for new classes coming soon!  A one day prenatal course facilitated by experienced perinatal nurses.  For more information contact Susan at www.ptopconsulting.ca or pregnancytoparenting@gmail.com

Nurture Her Birth Better Class: Physical Preparation for Birth and Beyond:  Sept. 24 12:30-5:30pm  Learn skills to build a better birth.  Partners also learn hands-on skills and lots of tools to help a birthing mama.  Taught by Mandy Rempfer-Kuncio, pelvic health physiotherapist and doula.  Register online: http://nurtureher.ca/birth-better-classes/ or contact Mandy at info@nurtureher.ca or 780-278-2004.

BRINGING BABY HOME WORKSHOP: NOVEMBER 4 & 5 9am-4pm.  An educational program to support couples prepare for life with a new baby which increases the joy of parenting and gives new parents the tools they need to be the best parenting team possible.  Presented by Claire Wilde, M.ED., R.PSYCH.  Contact Claire at: www.clairewilde.ca

BREASTFEEDING CLINC:  Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm (by appointment).  Breastfeeding support offered by experienced RNs.  Please email for an appointment: pregnancytoparenting@gmail.com or call (587)986-9295.

DAYS FOR GIRLS Monthly Meeting:  4th Wednesday of the month 6:30-8:30pm.  Fall and Winter Dates starting in September. This non-profit organization helps girls stay in school and retain dignity, giving back important days of their lives.  Most girls in developing countries miss school during their periods; many eventually drop out.  Come help make lovely, high-quality feminine hygiene kits and help end the cycle of poverty by keeping girls in school.  Contact Pat Prendergast 780-466-6448 or edmonton@daysforgirls.org

Prenatal Yoga:Thursdays 6:45-8:00pm.  Classes Are Back!  New series starts Sept. 14 and Nov. 2. A 6 prenatal yoga series starting designed to decrease stress, strengthen the major muscles that are active during labour and birth, as well as enhance the connection between mom and baby.  No prior yoga experience is required.  Contact Ashley at graces3yoga@gmail.com to register. $80/session or $145 for both.

Postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga 9:45-11:00am Starting Sept. 14 and Nov. 2:  A 6 week postnatal yoga series for moms and their new additions.  Bond with new baby while restoring and strengthening pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.  For more information and to register contact Ashely at graces3yoga@gmail.com. $80/session or $145 for both.

Prenatal Workshop Series Sept. 11- Oct. 2, Nov. 6-27:  A Four Week Prenatal Education Series presented by Certified Doulas/Childbirth Educators. Contact Niko 780-965-6585 or register online at doulacare.vpweb.ca

Mosaic Magazine Mystics Meeting Tuesdays Sept. 12, Dec. 5,  7-9:30pm RSVP Connie at mosaicmagazine@shaw.ca for this month's topic and registration details.

DONA Doula Training in 2017: Oct. 13-15  Contact Suzanne Moquin, Birth Doula Trainer gentletouchdoula@shaw.ca

MEET THE MIDWIFE NIGHT! Lucina Centre will be holding information nights on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Group tours of the Lucina Centre will accompany the info sessions. If you are interested in seeing the Centre and learning about midwifery care, the Birth Centre, and wellness services offered at the centre just drop by at 7:30pm, no registration or appointment needed.

Workshop space and meeting room rentals available Now! For more information or to book a room please contact us at information@lucinacentre.ca