Our experience working with Jennifer Nelson as our primary midwife for our fourth child was wonderful. As we began this pregnancy in a new place, we were looking for a midwife who could enable us to have a safe and comfortable homebirth, and who would advocate for those things most important to us. As a R.N., Jennifer is very knowledgeable and professional, and is a wealth of information regarding both conventional and holistic medicine.
As we moved through the stages of pregnancy, Jennifer would come by our house for our monthly checkups, and was always cheerful and encouraging. Everything with the pregnancy went smoothly, and when I did have a minor health issue, Jennifer recommended that I get it checked out by a doctor with whom she had a working relationship. That doctor, known for working with the homebirth community, was kind and very helpful.
Later on in the pregnancy, Jennifer began to encourage me to see a chiropractor, as my back was hurting, it was uncomfortable to sit, and the baby just did not want to stay head down. The chiropractic office that she recommended became my favorite place to go, as I always left these gentle adjustments feeling great, and confident that we were doing all we could to help him get into the best position.
Our little guy didn’t come until after 40 weeks, but no one seemed in a hurry, as all was well. But when he did come…oh my! It had been days of slight contractions, and so one Saturday evening I went to bed at 9 pm, convinced that the day had not yet come. But as I lay there, the baby shifted into a new position that was suddenly accompanied by a lot of pressure. By 10:30 pm we realized that we needed the midwife to come, and by 11 pm both Jennifer and her assistant midwife were there, and informed me that the baby would be arriving shortly. They were a calming presence, great coaches, and had everything organized within minutes. Our little guy arrived at 11:35 pm, had extended bonding time with me, and then one midwife gently did his newborn check while one helped me to get cleaned up and comfortable. By 1 am they were on their way, allowing us to rest and bond as a family, with the promise of returning in 12-24 hours to make sure all was well.
It was a simple and beautiful birth, and we are convinced that Jennifer and her team were instrumental in enabling us to have this wonderful experience at home.