Laura. new mom.
Penelope's Birth Story: Mind Over Matter
When Golden photographer Laura Trebesh watched a documentary called The Business of Being Born, she felt empowered. She believes that women’s bodies are built to give birth, and that drugs aren’t always (or even usually) necessary. When Laura and her husband, Craig, found out she was pregnant, they began looking at birthing centers. They toured a few, but fell in love with Baby+Company in Wheat Ridge. She shared her birth day experience with us:
“The minute I walked into Baby+Company, I knew it was right for me. The women were so phenomenal and inviting and welcoming. It was unlike any other place I’d seen. We had a little trouble getting pregnant, but once I knew we were expecting, we went to Baby+Company for our prenatal visits.
I’d been having Braxton-Hicks contractions for a month towards the end of my pregnancy, so I thought Penelope was going to arrive early. I stopped working just after 40 weeks, and she was still nine days late! I woke up at 8:30 one morning with contractions (again), but this time they escalated and began getting stronger. From there, it seemed like things went pretty quickly. At 12:30, we called Baby+Company and they told us to wait until the contractions were a bit closer together. The contractions intensified, and we headed to the center around three in the afternoon.
Things moved quickly – I was 5.5 cm dilated when I arrived! The midwives were so receptive to my needs. They asked how I felt and what I wanted to do. I didn’t want anyone touching me, and so they let me take the lead and do my own thing while they monitored the baby. I started out laboring in the tub, and stayed in there for about an hour. I pushed for a while on the birthing stool. We played Cat Stevens the whole time, and they set up pine-scented oils for me, which I really wanted for some reason. The lights were dimmed; it was very peaceful.
The baby defecated while she was still in the uterus, so the midwives told me I had a half hour to get her out before she might be in danger. They kept a close watch on her heart rate, and they may have had to get the ambulance ready because it took an hour and a half before she was born. Honestly, I was pretty in the zone so I wasn’t paying much attention to what was going on around me.
I worked through the pain by focusing on some mantras. “Mind over matter” and “find strength in pain” were particularly helpful for me. I just kept repeating them in my head. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. The women at Baby+Company made me realize that even though I never thought it would be possible, I was capable of this. Everything happened just like they said it would during the classes. There were no surprises. I actually surprised myself by being able to do it. It was very empowering!
Giving birth was painful, but it wasn’t as bad as I had pictured. During the class at Baby+Company, we all talked about what we were most afraid of, and just thinking about the birth had me terrified and sweating. It was a lot better than I thought it would be, and everything went smoothly. I even went back to talk to one of the classes and share my experience.
For me, I felt like I just got into this other state of mind and then all of a sudden my baby was there. I forgot everything else going on, and it was only me and my family. Everything went so well for us. I was really hoping I wouldn’t be one of those women who was noisy and yelled a lot during labor, but I was. I think I scared some people who were touring the center!
Motherhood has been wonderful, although I did have some difficulty adjusting to the postpartum hormones. I took placenta pills, which helped a lot. Penelope is growing and healthy and happy and smiling. All in all, it was a great experience and a wonderful way to bring my daughter into this world.”