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Breathe: The Home Birth Documentary

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in birth-stories | 0 comments

Breathe: The Home Birth Documentary

“Breathe” documents ten women and their exciting journey through the home birth process. We hear the women’s stories and meet their midwives, who teach us about the safety of birthing at home for low-risk pregnancies. Birth is not a competition. There is no right and wrong way to give birth. Women who give birth at home are no more brave than any other women. This documentary presents the home births as a way to show what birth can be without interventions. It explores the following questions: What would we be capable of doing if we let go of fear? If we trusted our bodies?...

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Ewyn’s Birth Story

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in birth-stories | 1 comment

Ewyn’s Birth Story

Ewyn’s birth story begins years before the date of his arrival. I was very involved in the birth community as a prenatal massage therapist, doula, and eventually student midwife in the years preceding my pregnancy. I had done lots of research and learned all about different medical interventions and complications. In talking with my husband, we decided that home birth was the right choice for us if the pregnancy remained low risk, and I started care with Natalie Wommack at the Katy Birth Center. My pregnancy went fairly smoothly. I didn’t have much morning sickness at all, and was able to...

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Baby Michael’s Birth Story

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in birth-stories | 0 comments

Baby Michael’s Birth Story

We had just gotten settled after moving back to Katy in August 2015. We were overwhelmed with the move. Our oldest daughter was starting kindergarten and at the time our twin girls were 3 years old and a huge handful! Our lives were full and busy! Not to mention, we were just days away from going on our family vacation to Disney World. In October, a couple days before my birthday, I discovered that SURPRISE!…I’m pregnant!! It was such happy news for our family because at that time we were losing my beloved grandfather who passed away one week later. When we told our girls that mommy was...

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Midwife Rides Inflatable Swan to Deliver a Baby

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in birth-stories, blog | 0 comments

Midwife Rides Inflatable Swan to Deliver a Baby

This Midwife Heroically Rode An Inflatable Swan Through A Flood To Deliver A Baby By Haley Goldberg of Self.com, April 21, 2016 Cathy Rude, 63, of Katy, Texas, was not about to miss a birth. A midwife since 1993 and the co-owner of the Katy Birth Center, she’s helped deliver well over 1,000 babies. And on Monday, she wouldn’t let historic flooding stop her from aiding a mom in labor. After a record amount of rain fell across the Houston area—up to 18 inches in some areas—the small creek near Rude’s home flooded, filling her street completely with water. “The water was almost up to my front...

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The Birth of Silas Philip

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in birth-stories, blog | 0 comments

The Birth of Silas Philip

There are a few memorable moments and events in my life in which I have distinctly witnessed God at work in my life.  These are the moments that ground me in faith. They are stories, when told again and again, remind me of the power, grace, and deep love of God. Silas’ birth is one of those stories for me. We had been anticipating his arrival for several weeks and at the midwifery appointment on my birthday, February 25th, had my first check and things were looking ready for birth—the baby’s positioning was low and my cervix was mostly effaced and dilated to about 2 or 3. I was hopeful that...

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The Birth of Dexter Alexander

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in birth-stories, blog | 1 comment

The Birth of Dexter Alexander

Several months ago, one of my closest friends, Rebecca, asked me to photograph the water birth of her baby. This would be her 3rd baby, and 3rd natural birth, at the Katy Birth Center. I didn’t hesitate even a little bit to tell her ‘YES’. I had photographed a birth once before, but it was a medicated hospital birth so this would be much different. Throughout the last 2-3 weeks of her pregnancy, there were several false alarms. I checked on her everyday and tried to stay as available as possible. FINALLY, on July 3 baby Dexter made his grand entrance into the world. Rebecca opened my eyes to...

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