Birth Stories and Testimonials
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May 2014

As I reflect on this special event, I am reminded that with the Lord all things are totally possible. My story is a first-time home birth VBAC. When I had my first child I was quite typical.  Everything I knew about birth I had learned from television.  I just assumed you had a vaginal birth, and if something went wrong, a C-section was the next best option. I was determined to have a vaginal birth because I convinced that that's just how our bodies were equipped.  But, my first birth ended in a C-section and it was a bad hospital experience. Looking back now, I am grateful I had a difficult time, because now I can proudly say I understand both sides of giving birth. 

I became pregnant again about a year and a half later.  It was at that time that I was introduced to the movie "The Business of Being Born".  That movie set a fire in me and fully convinced me that my body KNEW how to give birth. At the time, my family lived in a rather rural area in the eastern part of Oklahoma. The closest GOOD hospital was more than an hour away, and I had absolutely no experience in choosing a midwife, so I googled "midwifes in my area".  Pamela Brott was the closest one to me. My husband and I drove 2 hours to meet with her. We were very skeptical at first, but her experience, knowledge, honesty, faith in the Lord and assurance that God created our bodies to give birth is what sold us. Further along in my pregnancy her willingness to allow me to make decisions concerning my pregnancy and birth set a standard for my future births.

I was roughly a week and a half away from my projected "due date" when the contractions began. It was a Sunday evening when my hips and back began to ache.  All I knew was I was feeling pretty uncomfortable so I had my husband push my hips together. That night I was feeling a dull pain, which made me excited to think maybe it was time!  I texted Pamela late that night and she called me to listen as I went through a couple of contractions.  She could tell I wasn't quite there, so she told me to make sure I tried to get some rest. I definitely couldn't sleep very well because I was so excited!  Monday morning, I woke up feeling pretty tired and was having pretty consistent contractions.  I was supposed to go to a baby shower that day, and needed to keep my mind off of the pain so I drove 30 minutes to the baby shower. While showering I had to stop and think through my contractions, but I made it!

That evening I prepared all we needed for the birth and tried to rest. At about 11pm I couldn't stand the pain so I texted Pamela and described how I was feeling. She called and listened to me again and realized I was not only in active labor, but I was probably VERY close to giving birth! I woke my husband up and he began to prepare the pool (I highly recommend a birth pool).  Pamela wasn't even sure she would make it to the birth because I had waited so long to call.  During her travels Pam called a couple of times to check and see how I was doing.  My husband innocently kept updating her on his progress with filling the birth pool, meanwhile, I was laying on the floor in PAIN!  (We laugh about that now.)  Pam and her assistant arrived around 4am.  They helped finish with filling the pool and I got in...INSTANT RELIEF!  The pool felt wonderful.  I really didn't want anyone to touch me.  I just laid back in the pool and soon I was pushing.  I remember saying things like, "I can't do this!"  Pam responded,  "You are doing it!"  And when I felt the head and Pam said she could see it I yelled, "Pull it out!"  Pam assured me that everything was fine and that he would rotate so that his shoulders could come.  In no time at all he was out.  We pulled him up out of the water and he was in my arms!  I exclaimed, "I DID IT!!!"  Then I turned to Pam and said, "What do I do now?"  To which she simply said, "Just hold him."  I held him, explored him, kissed him and just loved on him for over 30 minutes...then my husband cut his cord and the rest is history!

Giving birth at home for the first time is one of my greatest accomplishments. I was called names and told I was making a terrible decision, but the Lord used Pam to speak truth to me.  She was helpful to us in so many ways.  I am so grateful that I was able to overcome and to take that leap of faith. Having a home birth is such an amazing and beautiful experience.  It has given me a love and appreciation and even a craving for birth.

July 2018, February 2022

Of the three different midwifery care experiences we've had, Pam was the best.  Her knowledge is extensive and she cheerfully answered all of our many questions, and was not afraid to admit it if she didn't know the answer.  During labor, she was attentive and aware, but gave me space.  I never felt like I was inconveniencing her by asking her to come too early or stay too long waiting for the baby to decide to come.  I felt very cared for, and cared about.  

June 2013, March 2015, 
August 2017, May 2021

As I reflect back on my most recent labor and delivery journey I can't help but thank God for and amazing husband and midwife. I never felt alone and was always being cared for. My contractions started on a Wednesday but were inconsistent. We did not end up delivering until Friday evening. Pam was amazing! She stayed by my side the entire time, always putting me first. She helped encourage my labor to progress through different natural techniques like walking and position changes. She really went above and beyond. I can't say it enough... I'm so blessed and happy to say that Pam was AMAZING! She is a one-of-a-kind!

May 2016, April 2018, August 2020

My story goes back to my first.  It was before I found Pam.  Some things happened and I ended up with a C-section.  Fast forward three years when I was referred to Pam and pestered her with many questions.  During my pregnancy, labor and birth she helped me believe in myself.  She helped me believe that what I was doing was possible.  I was empowered.  And about a year later I called her again... we were expecting.  Due to my previous experience I was much more relaxed and confident during this pregnancy.  I knew I could do it!  As my due date approached Pam encouraged me to stay active but well rested.  At 5:00 AM when I woke up in labor I was calm and ready.  After a bit of laboring we called Pam and she came right over.  As I labored I was able to stay calm because of some discoveries and techniques that I learned about.  Pam and my husband did an amazing job of distracting me between contractions.  They walked with me and were extremely encouraging.  At one point in labor we decided to check my cervix and as Pam did the check my water broke.  Things really started moving after that.  We ended up trying some different positions in an effort to correct some heart tone issues that the baby was having.  Although it was not real comfortable for me, we found a position that the baby tolerated better.  Pam stayed calm and collected and told me that she understood that it was not comfortable but that it was her job to make sure baby arrived safe and healthy and that if I wanted that we were going to have to work together.  She reminded me of how amazing our bodies are and that I could do it.  Guess what?!  I did it!  Pam had to help with my baby's positioning to get her to come out a little bit quicker than she was coming, but both my baby girl and I are healthy and doing very well.  Pam has gained even more respect from my husband and me.  We think Pam helped empower us to make decisions...good, informed decisions.  We thank God for bringing Pam into our lives not just as our midwife, but as our friend.  

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