Where did you give birth or where was the birth you witnessed?
La Jolla, California, USA
Can you describe where your/the birth was?
Hospital. First birth: husband and my parents. Second birth: husband.
Who was present at your/the birth?
First birth: my husband, both my parents (my poor father!). Second birth: just my husband
Can you describe the experience of giving birth or watching the birth?
Both experiences were excellent. Both times my babies were delivered by midwives who helped prevent tearing or episiotomy. Hospital support during the second delivery allowed me to achieve my goal of a natural delivery (I had an epidural the first time, which was also a great experience). A natural birth was far more painful that I’d really expected, but I’m very glad I was able to achieve it! I was so glad to know I could have an epidural if I decided I wanted one, but I was very determined to push myself to my extreme limits to achieve what women for generations have been able to do, without medication. I’m proud of myself for both deliveries and so grateful to hospital staff for assisting me in having two beautiful, healthy babies – a girl and a boy, three years apart.