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Client Stories

Client Stories

These are stories of personal experiences by women who were cared for by the midwives, birth partners, and others who supported birthing mothers.

Clients are welcome to share their birth stories, stories about receiving gynecological care with us, stories about taking our classes and anything else that is meaningful to them about the care they received at The Midwife Center.

To share your client story please email Rachel Dingfelder at

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Heather's story about the birth of William Joseph

I was 3 cm dilated for 3 weeks and 2 days, and 4 cm dilated for 1 week and 1 day.

At about 9:45am the midwife swiped my membranes, as I felt ready and my sister (Aunt Cara) was in town from Texas and we wanted her to be there for the birth (she only had 2 days left and had been here for 6 already).

Immediately after the appointment we went on a police station tour with my 2 year old. I started cramping a little but nothing too painful. We decided to go to JoAnn Fabrics after that since I had been wanting to go for a while. I had to use the bathroom there twice (and had some diarrhea), and started to not feel so good. I had to bend over while walking and holding onto the cart. It was noon and I decided we should leave. I even had to pause to put my daughter in her car seat.

We got home around 12:30 and that’s when I decided we needed to call everyone (my husband, Tom, who was at work, our friend who was to watch our 2 year old and the midwife). Everything started happening really fast then.

Tom was at work in Ohio on this day (while we were living in Pittsburgh), and somewhere around noon when I called him and said I wasn’t feeling very well he decided to leave. Good thing because he got to The Midwife Center just before we got there.

We dropped our daughter off at my friends house and arrived at The Midwife Center at 1:30pm. I was 7-8 cm dilated. Abby Rizk (midwife) and Diana Hull (nurse) were there for us. Contractions were very intense. But I was able to chat between them so that was nice. I got in the tub for maybe 10 or 20 minutes and I wanted them to break my water – to speed things along.

I got on all fours on the bed and Abby placed an exercise ball under my chest. This was very comfortable as I was having some back pain. She also did a great job of applying pressure on my back which helped immensely during contractions.

Once my water was broke, things really sped up. Abby says I pushed for maybe 5 minutes and William was born at 2:44pm (1 hour and 15 min. after we arrived). Everything happened so fast and was so intense, but I am so thankful we were at The Midwife Center because they did such a great job.

William Joseph was born and weighed in at 9 lb and 22 inches. We could not be happier and feel so blessed to have such a great experience. Thank you very much to TMC and everyone who helps this operation run smoothly! I even had some complications afterwards, but Abby and Diana took excellent care of me.



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