Birth Story of Lennox Jo

Ohana Midwifery Misty McBride

When I got pregnant with Lennox, I didn’t have my own medical insurance. I had just quit my job to finish out my senior year of college, but only being 22, I was still legally able to be my dad’s dependent and thus be on his insurance. However, it wasn’t until I started shopping around for care that I found out my dad’s insurance would not cover any prenatal care AT ALL. Nothing would be covered. I was already pregnant and started to panic. Should I quit school and go back to that job I hated just for medical insurance? Luckily, this horrible coverage is what led me to Misty and I couldn’t be more thankful for that silver lining.

I didn’t know much about home births at all. I honestly followed everything western medicine told us to do, so a home birth wasn’t on that scale at all. However, through my research of “how do I pay to have a baby in the U.S.” the idea of birthing centers and home births came up A LOT. I found a couple of places in Reno for me to talk to and Misty was my 1st consultation. I was 5 weeks along and Misty was the 1st person in the entire world who I told I was pregnant (I saved it as a surprise for my husband for Christmas). Not only did she meet with me, she was so sweet. She answered a lot of questions I brought with me – mostly consisting of “what ifs”, “safety”, and “cost” and as I was leaving, she said something along the lines of, “You’re so beautiful and your baby is going to be just as beautiful as you are.” I was already leaving there feeling less stressed out and feeling good about the consult, but it was that compliment that made me cancel all of my other consultations. It just clicked. Not just because Misty flattered me – although there is that, too – but she talked to me in a way that no other medical professional ever had. I’d be lucky to get through a traditional doctor’s appointment without them talking to me like I was stupid, let alone compliment me.

Lennox was born August 3rd, 2017 at 5:03 a.m. at 40 weeks 2 days. 7 lb 2 oz and 21 inches long.

It was a long labor. 31 hours to be exact from the moment I knew my early labor started until delivery. It was brutal if I’m honest. Once Lennox was born, I had a mild hemorrhage and a 3rd degree tear along my pelvic floor. You wouldn’t know it though, with how Misty and Britt handled everything. It was still dark outside and as I was nursing my baby and having that golden hour, Misty had her headlamp on and went to work sewing everything back together again. She was suturing me up for about 2 hours being as gentle as possible. I know if I were in a hospital, they would have just hurried it up no matter how bad it hurt me. Misty didn’t do that though. She took her time because she could tell I was done with pain.

After you give birth, you need to empty your bladder before anyone will leave you alone. Because I hemorrhaged, I started getting really dizzy on the toilet. Misty told my husband to pick me up and put me on the bed. As men do though, he just stared at her all confused, so she did it herself. She picked me up like a damsel in distress and carried me back to bed on her own. I remember thinking, “Holy s*** this lady is strong.”

Boy, I’ll tell you what, we got our money’s worth in just that one night. Misty and Britt were at our place for just over 12 hours straight – from 9 p.m. through 9 a.m. They threw in a load of laundry, cleaned everything up, Britt did my placenta prints, they helped me establish breastfeeding, made me food, you name it. Then came back the next day. And the next. And again the next week. I had family see us less. I was just so surprised that this was normal business routines because I’d never been taken care of like that before.

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