Momilani D.

An Empowered Induction

How Did Your Labor Start?

Induction r/t preeclampsia- started with foley bulb and then some pitocin

What was the Most Challenging aspect of your childbirth and How did you Overcome it?

I didn’t realize that my OBGYN and nurse wanted me to push the exact opposite way that I learned in this course, for some reason I didn’t think to bring it up before hand ? and I wasn’t about to start verbally sparring with them at the Point so I just pretended to do what they said, while pushing/breathing the way I learned in the course🥴

The other challenging part was that this was my second birth, and it was a TOLAC, and I was very nervous that it would be unsuccessful, especially after induction was recommended. Thankfully, in part to this course, it was a VBAC!!!

How did the Push Lab help you prepare for an empowered birth?

Helped me learn how to breath and push, which is basically everything I needed😄

I also love the exercises/stretches that were taught for throughout pregnancy

What surprised you about your birth?

I had an epidural, but I was surprised that I still felt at some point that I would not be able to push this baby out of me – about the time her head was crowning – thankfully I was wrong 🙂

Also what surprised me – is how helpful moving around before the epidural was placed was – doing all the movements I learned in the course and sitting on the birth ball and adjusting in bed – I’m convinced it all was essential to achieving the VBAC!

How did it feel to meet your baby for the first time?

Amazing. Pure joy and relief that she was safe and sound and in my arms!

What advice can you give to moms looking to prepare for an empowered birth?

Trust yourself and your baby – you were made to do this!