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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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Tara's story of the birth of Hunter

My due date was November 24. We wanted the gender to be a surprise. However, I felt it was a boy the entire pregnancy. I woke up to go to the bathroom November 18 around 6:30 am. My husband Johnny woke up as well and started getting ready for work. While on the toilet I felt a pop. My water broke. I screamed in excitement. It continued to leak for a half hour or so. I told my Johnny to go to work and I will let him know when to come home. I called The Midwife Center and they told me to try to sleep and they would call me later. I wasn't contracting at all. I tried to sleep, but couldn't due to the excitement I was feeling. I finally get to meet my little peanut.

So around 10am, the midwife on duty called me. I still wasn't contracting. She told me to come in around 2 pm, so I could start pumping. That usually helped labor progress. I called Johnny and told him we needed to leave the house around 12:30. It takes at least an hour to drive to Pittsburgh. I started getting contractions, but they weren't painful. They felt like the Braxton Hicks I was having the whole month earlier. They were getting closer together, but still no pain.

We got to The Midwife Center around 2 pm. Abby measured me and I was already 4-5 cm dilated! I couldn't believe it! There was no need to pump. I was on my way just fine. So I hung out in the Forest room. I bounced around on the birth ball and jammed some music on my Pandora radio. My contractions started to hurt. I got into the Jacuzzi around 5 pm. I breathed through every contraction and they were painful! Johnny was very comforting and helpful the entire time. He constantly poured water over my chest and belly, always kept a cold washrag on my forehead, kept my glass full of water and made me drink in between every contraction, and fetched a pop-sickle from time to time. I kept holding my breath while at the peak of each wave. He would remind me to breath every time. He was my rock and he was amazing! I remember a couple midwives stopping in to say Hi. It was so nice to see them. They encouraged me and were surprised how fast my labor was going and how well I was handling it.

Around 7 pm I felt over heated and had to get out of the Jacuzzi. I also had a tiny urge to push. Abby measured me again and I was 8-9 cm dilated. I laid in bed on my side with the worst contractions yet! They were so intense. I was transitioning. Finally I was 10 cm dilated! I was ready to push. I pushed from 8-10:30 pm at The Midwife Center. I tried every position possible. Standing, leaning on the bed, on the ball, sitting, on my side, on my back, on all 4's, you name it. His head wouldn't descend through my pelvic bone. After almost 3 hours of pushing with no progress, Abby told me the bad news. I had to be transferred to Mercy Hospital. I was devastated! This is not what I wanted at all. I knew some intervention would have to be done.

Johnny got the truck ready and I hopped in still pushing at each wave. It felt like every minute. Pushing felt better than just breathing through them. That was the worst car ride ever. It took about 15 min. Our midwife Abby met us there. I was glad she could continue to labor me. It was around 11 pm when we got there and checked in. They gave me pain medication (which I did not want) in order for me to rest a little. I woke up around 2 am November 19 and started to push again. I pushed for another 2 hours. I am happy I rested, because I felt I could push better. I was watching in a large mirror. It was crazy! At first I had trouble getting his head out, but when I could see it, I pushed harder yet. His head was getting bigger and bigger. We left him crown for 15 min. or so to stretch the skin so I wouldn't tear. That was the worst pain of all, the ring of fire! He was still kicking. We couldn't believe it. He wanted out. I remember making some crazy primal noises I didn't know I could make. Abby had me rolled back almost on my shoulders. She reached in with both hands and pulled him out and plopped him on my belly. He was born at 4:03 am. Johnny called out, Its a BOY!

The whole experience wasn't how I planned or wanted, but I still feel I got the natural childbirth I wanted so badly. I labored at The Midwife Center the entire time and pushed for 3 hours. I was 10 cm dilated for 8 hours. If I wouldn't have rested It probably would have been a C-section. So I am very thankful it wasn't! The Midwife Center was the best place to get care at. I wouldn't change anything about the place. If we ever have another child, we will definitely be going back for another natural birth!




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