The following is from Lindsay Palmisano, a mother of two home birth babies in Buffalo. Lindsay works for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in addition to being a talented artist. You can follow her art at her facebook page: An Art State of Mind. She currently enjoys doing pregnancy belly paintings, conducting paint nights, commissioned portraits, and would love to one day write a few natural-focused children's books. Thanks for sharing your story, Lindsay.
My son was born in 2014 and that was my first beautiful water homebirth. Taylor was born july 30, 2017 in the same style. I woke up at 5am with cramping that didn't go away. I sat on a yoga ball and my husband, derrek, called our doula and midwife. By 5:30 the surges were increasing. I labored mostly standing in the kitchen leaning on the counter. Derrek filled the birth pool and the midwife assistant arrived at 7am. Labor was strong. I had beck and Tori Amos playing on my iPod. By 7:40 my doula and midwife arrived. It was a warm, sunny summer morning so we had the french doors open to our yard/woods and baby deer emerged to paid us a visit. I got into the pool by 7:45 and my water was leaking. I was only comfortable on my knees leaning on the pool wall. I transitioned, vomiting the watermelon that they were all force feeding me. My labor was intense with little rest but quite efficient. By 8:05 i was pushed her out in 2 pushes. She was 8 pounds, 19 inches and had a full head of dark hair and long finger nails. We didn't know the sex, but intuitively we knew it was our girl Taylor Jane...a name we picked out early in our pregnancy. Our birth team was amazing and supportive and our birth was something like a fairy tale.
Watch Lindsay's Homebirth.
Interested in learning more about birthing at home? Contact on of our local practitioners who can support you. There are so many awesome birth options in WNY.
When I started writing this post earlier today the first sentence I typed was, “This year really ******* sucked.” Yet as I looked back over the the past 12 months, a better story emerged; a story about doing what feels right, instead what looks right. For me this meant walking away from a few things that no longer served me or Welcome Mama. It meant waiting for the grace to forgive. It meant learning to listen, instead of projecting or hoping that others had the best of intentions. And most importantly, it meant putting one foot in front of the other when I really wanted to roll up into a ball and cry.
So here it is: My 2017 Year in Review
A stunning photo of a mom in black panties holding her baby randomly popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. It was posted by 4th Trimester Bodies Project, the groundbreaking and breathtaking photography project by Ashley Dean Wells, that has traveled around the globe in search of families willing to share their real bodies and authentic stories. I commented, asking how we could get Buffalo on the list of locations they visited. They responded with simple requests: 10-20 families committing and a location.
I could do that.
We have a ton of location options and I KNOW there are women out there in WNY who would be interested in doing this. So here's the deal: can you contact me on fb or through Welcome Mama if you're interested in participating? This project is awesome and inclusive. All interested families of all ages and sizes are encouraged to participate. If you aren't familiar with 4th Trimester Bodies please go check it out on fb or Instagram. It's a remarkable project and I'm so excited to get them here in B-Lo!!
I'm not going to lie: the main reason why I wanted to create this directory was to have a space dedicated to listing every single birth professional in WNY. I'm not even close to having everyone, but we're getting there! When I get a kid free half hour here and there, I get so excited to work on this site, trying my best to bring all of the wonderful holistic resources available in WNY to YOU.
SO! Without further ado, this years holidays deals!
Massage special 2 for $100
Doula special $100 gift cert for $50
$50 off doula service
$75 off combined service of
doula and placenta encapsulation.
Gift Certificates available.
Birthing By Design
25% off Childbirth classes at
$50 for $100 in doula services
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals! Birthing By Design deals end after Cyber Monday!
Rooted In Love Doula Services
Leslie Marino Wille
$10 off a $50 gift certificate, and $25 off $100, through Monday.
photo credit for Rooted in Love by Noele Croft
This is Liz Beyer-Partin. I met Liz 2 years ago at one of Improving Birth-Buffalo's unofficial Rallies. We were there protesting in front of a fancy club on Delaware that was hosting the local chapter of ACOG.
I was so excited when I saw her sign, "We are proof! Postterm and no induction necessary". As a mom who struggled with a 42 week induction with my first baby, then went on to have a healthy birth naturally at 42+5 with my second baby, it was so important to me to see that we were both part of a growing network of women who were truly supported and empowered. It's happening!!! Right here in Buffalo!! CHANGE!!
Liz went on to train as a doula and join the Buffalo Doula Collective. A trained birth doula, she's also very interested in helping postpartum moms adjust to motherhood, offering some incredible postpartum packages.
She's listed right here on Welcome Mama, along side all of our other local doulas. Please go give her page a like and check out what she has to offer.
Contact her today for your birth and postpartum doula needs.
Liz Beyer-Partin Doula Services
phone: (716) 465-2182
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.