“I went into early labor around 11am. I was able to go about my day as usual with only period-like cramp until about 2:00am the next day. That’s when we called Chandra, our doula. I spent a lot of time in the shower in between vomiting and moaning. We called Treesa around 5am and headed over to the birth center. All I wanted to do was get in the tub. It seemed like it took forever for the tub to fill up and i was finally able to get in. When I finally did get in, there was immedate relief.

It felt soooo good there are no words to describe it. I still felt the contractions but the warm water reduced the pain by at least half if not more. I labored in the tub for awhile then Treesa made me get out for some reason. The whole time i was out i was thinking about getting back in. I tried walking around and laying in the bed but nothing was like that tub. When i felt like i needed to push i was allowed back in. I don’t remember a lot of the details but i do remember sleeping in between contractions and having some very vivid dreams. At one point I told my partner I hated his t-shirts as a another contraction started waking me up. After 24 hours of labor and 1 hour and 43 minutes of pushing our son was born in the tub at 8 pounds 3 ounces and 21 inches long. After about 4 hours we were all able to go home and rest.

The whole experience, from the moment we started to see Treesa at around 10 weeks pregnant to the last post natal visit, was a great experience. We still keep in contact with Treesa and are looking forward to doing it all over again in 4 or 5 years, even though i told everyone I would never do it again. I would highly recommend a birth outside of a hospital with Treesa. I wouldn’t do it any other way.

— Jennifer