Natural Birth Story-Baby Phoebe Lynn

Lesley Birth Photo

Baby: Baby Phoebe Lynn 

Born at Atlanta Medical Center to:

Natural Mama: Lesley Graham    Proud Daddy: Sam

QUESTIONS FOR THE MAMA:

1. What made you want to have a natural child birth?
I had your standard hospital birth with my oldest daughter (I was induced and had an epidural) and it was still an amazing experience but for me I wanted to truly experience childbirth. A few of my best friends had natural births and I wanted to know what it felt like. I knew Phoebe would be my last baby, so it was now or never!

2. Did you take any birthing classes to help you prepare for a natural birth?
To prep for having a natural childbirth I didn’t take any classes. I read the Bradley Method book which I thought was really helpful for knowing what to expect and how to breathe and relax through the contractions. I also watched a lot of inspiring movies like The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born. Girl power!

3. Best advice you can give to someone who wants a natural childbirth but is afraid?
Your body is so cool and will amaze you so much. Other than the transition period (which is the shortest phase of childbirth) it really wasn’t scary at all. I felt in complete control of my body. Also, I was so in awe of how easy the pushing phase was when I was unmedicated. My body just convulsed that tiny baby right out. I felt INCREDIBLE after and my recovery was so much quicker. Since I have the perspective of having both kinds of births, I would definitely have a natural one again. It is just the coolest privilege.

4. A quick tip you can share for first time moms or something you wish you had known before you became a mom?
Take things a day at a time. Each day has its own worries and precious firsts and try to absorb each moment. Also, if you have a rough day, chances are the next one will be a lot happier!!

 

BIRTH STORY: 

Lesley Graham was kind enough to share her story with us. She is an amazing woman who is passionate about helping others live healthy lives and seeing the beauty in so many things. She is a freelance blogger for designers, children’s boutiques, and stylists and also  writes a column over at Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. What an inspirational mother she is!! You can view her natural birth story HERE on her blog!

 

Baby Phoebe
Baby Phoebe born  7 lbs 8 oz, 20 in long on November 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm
 
Photos Courtesy of Lesley Graham

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

lesley graham March 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm

thanks so much for having me! it’s an honor to be in such great company.

Josefa March 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! I know many people have been inspired!! 🙂

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