My due date was Tuesday, May8th.  I went to my appointment. I hadn’t been getting “checked”, as I just wanted whatever to happen, to happen.  I began taking primrose oil as that’s about all the “intervening” that I was doing.  Janet, my midwife, thought that I wouldn’t go too past my due date, but I didn’t care because I mentally prepared myself to go 42 weeks. So in the days to come, I would continue walking, curb walking, and having maritals.

On Thursday, May 10th at 5am, I awoke to feeling “weird,” almost like I was about to come on my cycle but needing to have a bowel movement.  So I went to the restroom, had a bowel movement and came back to bed.  But for some reason, I needed to go again about 10 minutes later.  So I went again, this time having a bloody show with mucus.  This is it! I am in “early” labor, so I thought!  Well, I went back to bed, and didn’t bother to tell Keith since this is the beginning.  Well Keith woke up about 5 minutes later and asked if I was ok.  Yes, why?  He said I was squeezing his leg.  Well apparently I am having contractions!  I had to go back to the restroom, as it just felt great to sit on the toilet. Keith got up to “monitor” me.  I felt like I was having waves of menstrual cramps.  I was thinking this is early and it’s going to get more intense, so embrace it and hang on to my hat.

Keith said ok let’s time them for his sake, as I’m on the toilet I was contracting.  They were every 3 minutes lasting 30 seconds!  My mind took me to thinking; nope they need to be around 5 minutes lasting an hour.  I proceeded to get in the shower at this time around 6am.  I had to been there at least 30 minutes, as it felt great!  Keith was getting dressed, and he continued to time my contractions.  They got stronger, but not strong enough for me to want to react.  Well once I got out the shower, I wanted back in!  I had 2 intense contractions that made me grab Keith as he grounded me to “breathe” and I yodeled through the contractions.  I wanted to get back on the toilet, as I kept feeling bottom pressure.

I then decided to call my midwife.  I put on my clothes to prepare to go to the hospital.  Keith packed up the car.  The midwife calls back at 7am and listens to me contract or yodel if you will, and tells me to come in.   For some reason I had it in my head that it’s going to get worse, and my contractions are not lasting a minute, they are not 511 or even 411!  They are like 3-30seconds!  Well we got in the truck, and uh oh!  That dang on car seat is in the way!  Teresa told us not to put it in!  Well, I couldn’t sit down in the seat, I had to ride with my knees on the seat with me facing backwards and my head on the headrest, as I kept yodeling and feeling bottom pressure.  It’s 7am on Thursday am, we will not be able to go the regular route (I-285 to 400) to North Fulton.  We are taking the back way, to ensure we won’t get stuck in too much traffic; however, it will be a lot of lights.  I told Keith to do the best he could.  He decided to drive 100 miles an hr instead!

However, during the trip, I had one intense contraction with that continuous bottom pressure, afterwards, I got in a zone.  I didn’t yodel, I just mentally endured and breathe through them.  Keith kept asking if I was ok.  I thought maybe the contractions were subsiding or if I was really in the zone and not “feeling” them as intense as they were.  We got to the hospital an hour later.  (at about 8:20am at this time) As soon as Keith pulled up to labor and delivery they had a wheelchair ready.  I didn’t want to sit, so I proceeded to place my knees on the chair and I rolled into delivery backwards! I changed into my hospital gown, as I realized I didn’t have my sugary drink!  Oh well!  I had an intense contraction in the middle of the wardrobe change.

Kim Storrey (midwife) on call reminded me that I needed to be monitored before filling the tub.  I just said, I know but go ahead and fill it up.  Mind you, I tested positive for Strep B, and needed to get the antibiotics as well.  Well don’t you know she checked me and I was 8 cm!  Kim was like when did you start contracting?!   It just started at 5am!  Well, with that being said, about 3 minutes later my water broke!  And what do you know there is meconium in my water!  Oh well.  I didn’t care, because we were prepared to embrace what happened and was taught beforehand that your birth plan is only a plan!  At the point of my water breaking, I was fully dilated!  They brought over a mirror and his head was crowning!  I was ready to push, because I’ve been feeling the urge!   It only took 3 pushes! From the time I came into the hospital until delivery, it happened all in 12 minutes!  Everyone was like, you’re a first time mom?!!!   This is every laboring mom, and midwife’s dream!  Well, we didn’t get any antibiotics for Strep B, I didn’t have my water birth, but it was the most exasperating experience ever!

Kendall and I both checked out fine/healthy.  They didn’t even have me fully admitted yet, as everything happened so fast! So, we had our birthing ball, rice sock, focus wall, snack bag, my “Bozo” (lol), and it didn’t even make it out the car!  Lol! However, my natural birth experience was awesome!  Thank you for being an awesome preparation coach! (Teresa taught them private classes)




Introducing Micah Blake

Born November 4, 2011.  Weighing 6 lbs, 13 oz. 19 Inches tall.

 Sweet Baby Boy

We are delighted and proud to introduce you to our first son, Micah Blake Cooper.  He was born November 4, 2011 and weighed 6 pounds, 13.4 ounces.  He was 19 inches tall.  God opened the heavens to shine on us.

Labor and Birth Story

The following is a narrative told in three voices: Myself, my husband, and our doula.  We hope you enjoy reading our labor and delivery story!

The Fisher King.

Nov. 2nd (Wed), I went for my 39 week check-up after telling my Mom I felt like Micah would not be an early-bird baby.

That evening, my husband and I were watching ‘The Fisher King’ together – it’s a Jeff  Bridges and Robin Williams comedic drama.

To my surprise, laying in bed at 10:30pm, I felt a slightly painful pop and then jumped out of bed.  My water broke! – Robyn, Mom

We couldn’t tell if the liquid was amniotic or not, so we kept watching ‘The Fisher King’. – Ian, Dad

Our doula, Teresa Howard suggested it could be a fore bag of waters, go to bed, and call her in the morning. – Robyn, Mom

It seems that Robyn may have had her membranes release at 10:30 pm on Wed., 11/02/11. – Teresa, Doula

By 11:20pm I was sure my water had broken, so I called my mom, AKA Grandma Boom Boom, to tell her.  We texted Ian’s mom, AKA Grandmaski, as well to tell her.  Grandmaski said she had a psychic feeling it might be today that Micah would be born.

By 2am on Nov. 3rd (Thurs.), contractions were 3 to 5 minutes apart.  I started feeling shaky sometimes, so I called Teresa at 3:30am to talk to her and get her advice. – Robyn, Mom


On Wednesday night, August 16th, I took a bath and had some “bath meditation time.”  I was 39 wks and 6 days pregnant and knew I probably had at least another week (if not 2) before I’d be going into labor.  While meditating and visualizing, I saw the little baby in my arms that I had seen in my visions for the last couple of years.  This time, I looked at the baby’s body and saw that it was a girl.  I thought to myself  “Finally, I know that this baby is a girl!”  I hadn’t really had a strong feeling either way throughout the pregnancy, but once I had that vision, I finally had a strong feeling.  I knew I was having a girl.

I also had a conversation with my baby and told him/her that it was okay with me if he/she came now.  I’d be “okay with” a Leo child.  (My preference had been a Virgo child due to the fact that I get along great with Virgo people.)  I then told the baby “I’d even be okay if you wanted to be born on your 40 wk due date… I could be one of those 2% of women that spontaneously go into labor and have their babies on their 40 wk due date!”  I still wanted another week to get things ready, but I got okay with baby coming earlier than that.

Around 11:30pm that night, I got into bed to watch a show and go to sleep.  As soon as I got into bed, my water broke.  “What the hell???  How could this be happening already???  It’s too soon!”  I was so shocked that this was happening now.  I called my midwife – Anjli was the mw on call – I told her that my water broke but that I wasn’t really having contractions.  (I had been having stronger braxton hicks type contractions all week, but that had happened for a few weeks before my first birth, so I really didn’t think anything of it.)  Anjli told me to try to go to sleep and get rest b/c it could be another 24 hrs before anything really got going.  She told me to call her again whenever contractions were just a few minutes apart.  I went back to sleep until 3:30am.  I had contractions here and there throughout that 4 hours, but nothing really consistent.  At 3:30am, a contraction was strong enough to wake me up and I was starving!  I got up and made myself a bean and spinach burrito.  Halfway through my burrito, my water broke again.  (I didn’t realize water could break more than once!  In my first labor, it never “broke,” it was more of a “slow leak” so this was a very new sensation for me to experience.) (more…)

Jack’s Birth Story

On Wednesday, July 6th, I had an internal exam at my doctor’s office, and I was not dilated or effaced. That Saturday the 9th, I had a birthing class with my doula, Teresa Howard, called FEAR to FREEDOM and I believe that during the relaxation exercise I started to dilate. I lost my mucus plug at around 2:30 pm on Monday, July 11th, shortly after my mother and sister, Katie, arrived (they were just staying for the night, driving through from Chicago to Florida). Later that afternoon we went to the pool and I didn’t feel right. My stomach was upset and it was the first time all summer I didn’t feel good in the pool. I knew I was going into labor. That night we got prepared and I had trouble sleeping, so I took an Ambien (which was approved by my midwife). At 6:30 am the next morning (only about 5 minutes after Adam left for work), my contractions started. When I was getting out of bed an hour later, my water released on its own.

I called Adam and Teresa to let them know my status, but I knew I was still in early labor, so I didn’t think there was any rush (boy was I wrong!). I ate breakfast (yogurt, granola and blueberries), and was having an easy time breathing through my contractions. At 8:45 am I was in my office sending an email to my boss letting him know I was in labor and I transferred my employees to him. Around 9:05 am, I think I went into active labor, since I got serious and went upstairs to lie down. Adam arrived home from work a few minutes later and we left for the hospital around 9:45 am. I sat in the back seat of our SUV, listening to my Hypnobirthing relaxation on my IPOD and wearing an eye mask. I was in full-on labor during the drive since I had to really focus through each contraction. (more…)

This is the birth story of a first time mama who took Teresa’s childbirth class six week series and hired Renee Wymer as her doula.

Jef and I welcomed little baby Ryan Michael to this world on Wednesday the 15th (9 days early) at 11:06pm. He was 7 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long. It was an amazing experience! Here are just a few of the highlights…

So my contractions woke me up at 4:30 am on Tuesday morning. They were about 10 minutes apart and very manageable but I couldn’t sleep through them, so I just went about my day.  By 1:30am on Wednesday morning, they were about 5 minutes apart and I was feeling good – we were making progress. My birth ball and the bathtub were really helpful! That went on until about 6:30 when they went back to 8 minutes. I was a bit discouraged (and tired) but knew that it was normal. (more…)

Kai Michael Espenship made his appearance into the world on Tuesday 3/29/2011 at 1:10pm. He weighed 9lbs and 8.5oz and was 21 inches long.  I did it all natural without drugs and in the water.

I walked 3-5 miles every day of my pregnancy and was walking up to the day I gave birth.  Over the weekend, I felt some cramping (not painful, just a tightening sensation) and noticed that the cramps came and went about every 10 to 20 minutes but then they would stop for several hours.

I went to bed Monday night at around 12:30pm and woke up at 1:00am with contractions 2 minutes apart.  The contractions were mild, like menstrual cramps, so I filled the tub and hung out for a while.  At 3:00am I called Teresa and my midwife but I was still able to talk through my contractions, so my midwife told me to come in to the office at 8am to be checked but to call her if things changed.  By 5:00am I could barely focus on anything other than trying to recoup between contractions. I yelled for Jeff between contractions and told him to call the midwife and Teresa and tell them about my condition. I wanted him to get as much sleep as possible so I waited to the last minute to wake him.  He was very eager to get me to the hospital. (more…)

Both Paige and Jeff have shared their stories- the first one is from Jeff and the Paige Births Kai to follow is her story.

Having flown in the military as an  Air Force fighter pilot, and now as an international airline pilot, I know heroes never begin their day by waking up one morning and saying to themselves, “Today I’m going to be a hero.”

In my aviation career, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many people who have done heroic deeds, but I personally have never been involved in or watched anything “heroic.” I have never flown in live combat. I have never saved anyone from a burring building; I haven’t even watched a cat being rescued from a tree!

Little did I know that  on March 29, 2011 I would have the privilege of watching my wife Paige actually become a  hero.  (more…)