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.
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.