My birth was a powerful and amazing experience

So, this summer, my baby sister had a baby. No big deal or anything. (Eeeek! Most exciting blog post I’ve ever shared!).She wanted to share her story because she hopes that “more women can learn to trust their bodies and have empowering birth experiences like mine!”

I’m pretty much in love with this little guy. He’s pretty darn cute, don’t you think?! Story below:

Austin Michael Reddish, August 30, 2015


During the Full Moon “Super Moon” at 2:41am on Sunday August 30th, Austin Michael Reddish was born peacefully and naturally at home with his Mom, Dad and Auntie Jessica (Birth Takes a Village).

Austin was caught lovingly and safely by his father and was able to have immediate skin to skin time with Mom, without any unnecessary interruptions, interventions or medications throughout the entire labour and birth.

The whole experience was incredible from start to finish, filled with relaxation, love and positive reinforcements from Jessica and Simon, who reminded me that my body was made for this, that I could let go and let my baby come out safely in his own time.

Moments after birth

Moments after birth

I am so grateful for having had this experience and for the incredible support from Simon and Jessica. I couldn’t have asked for a better birth. I am also grateful for the energy that Simon and I have put into my having almost continuous skin to skin time with Austin since he’s been born, which has led to a positive breastfeeding experience.

So many people talk about how painful and traumatic labour is; but by trusting my body, letting go of fear and tension and trusting that birth is safe and natural, it was a powerful and amazing experience, not painful, and definitely not traumatic!

I wanted to share this because I hope that more women can learn to trust their bodies and have empowering birth experiences like mine!

UPDATE: Jen wrote out her full birth story and shared even more photos with us! Check it out here!

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  3 comments for “My birth was a powerful and amazing experience

  1. G Lemay
    September 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    So happy to read this inspiring account of a first birth. Congratulations Jen, Simon, and Auntie Jessica. . . and thanks for coming to our world, dear Austin. Love Gloria Lemay, Vancouver

    • September 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks for teaching me what normal birth is and how to be at births so that I could support my sister in this special experience. You are the best.

      • G Lemay
        September 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

        You are welcome, Jessica. We are good together.

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