If you’re a regular on my blog then you will know that I absolutely love my midwife Rachel Talley and she helped me so much in the births of my last two children. In case you missed those stories click here to read more. Rachel has fourteen years of education and personal application in things relating to birth, healthy living, personal happiness, and emotional and spiritual progression and growth. She is offering a three day childbirth seminar that I highly recommend to anyone pregnant or not. Rachel says that these classes are not ONLY for pregnant couples. If you are even thinking about getting pregnant and wanting to prepare in a conscious, understanding, and gentle way....then these classes are ALSO FOR YOU!!Rachel has recently revamped her classes and along with the normal course information, she will be providing a rebirthing process and vision board, as part of the seminar. "The rebirthing process aids to recode the limbic imprinting by releasing the energy stored from a traumatic birth. It helps to move through unwanted energy and redefine, in a loving, peaceful way, a new imprint! You can create through preparation/visualization the birth you actually wanted and find the love you've been seeking for yourself and the world you live in! This process in not only for pregnant woman but for all human kind who is longing to create a place of understanding and personal growth in their lives. This is an AMAZINGLY POWERFUL process!" She will end the seminar by making a vision board. This is yet another powerful process that uses only your senses and intuition to truly "see" and "create" what you are wanting for your life....before, during or after your birth. The seminar begins Thursday, Sept. 30 and ends Saturday, Oct. 2nd. Thursday and Friday will run from 3 pm to 9 pm and Saturday will begin at 10 am and end around 2 or 3 pm. The cost is $125 per couple. Sign up by Sept. 18th and save $25.Please contact Rachel with any questions or concerns.Rachel M. Talley801-623-2559www.livingmom.netA little bit more about Rachel M. Talley:For those of you who don't know me, my name is Rachel Talley. I only share this information so you can get to know me a little better. I have LOVED all things birth related since I was a small child. Since the birth of my first son 14 years ago, I have spent MANY, MANY hours reading, studying and taking classes on many subjects that teach about conception, pregnancy and birth. In 1999, I took the DONA course and began practicing as a doula. In 2005, I began my apprenticeship as a midwife and 2 years ago started taking my own clients. I am also very interested in other healing modalities. In 2000, I became certified as a Nutritional Herbologist and soon thereafter began teaching classes on nutrition where I taught such subjects as whole foods, raw foods, vegetarianism, veganism, cleansing, supplementation and overall physical and emotional health and well being. Six years ago, I was introduced to Native American spirituality. In 2007, I studied with James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney who, soon thereafter, gifted me as a Medicine Woman and water pourer. I have also been gifted as a Pipe Carrier by Richard "He Who Has The Foundations" Swallow, Spiritual Leader of the Eagle Clan of the Lakota/Sioux. I have spent the last 4 years learning from my current teacher David "Black Jaguar" Hamblin (http://www.theredpath.com), who has taught me many Native practices that deal with emotional, psychological and spiritual healing, not only in personal life but in conception, pregnancy and birth.I have been married to my LOVING husband, Chris Talley, for the last 15 years. Together we have 5 children. All were born at home. The last 3 being born under water. The last one, born 2 years ago, I delivered on my own, catching her as she was born. It was an experience above and beyond any I have ever had. I LOVE to read and educate myself on the mind, body and soul connection. I truly enjoy researching current evidence that shows that we are all connected, that we are all one, and that we can't do without each other!
I have really hesitated to write about Miriam’s birth story – part three, the final story in my three part series. As I looked back at Part One and Part Two, I realized it took me about two months in between each of those to finally get them posted so I guess I’m right on schedule! The true reason though as to why I’ve hesitated is because sharing these stories takes a great deal of courage for me to share some of the deepest parts of myself and be so vulnerable. Then why do it you may be asking yourself? Quite simply it’s because I’ve been inspired time and time again that I need to share my story with other women. As a caution to any new readers, it would serve you well to read Part One and Part Two of my birth stories so you are not totally confused. This is the final of three separate blog posts about the differences in the births of my three children.
Disclaimer: This is a LONG blog post...proceed with caution! If you missed Part One, read that first here.
My biggest transformational shift came after Evan was born. Two years after he was born we were trying to get pregnant again, but no such luck. Shortly after Evan’s 2nd birthday my husband at the time was diagnosed with having a brain tumor. It wasn’t until after having surgery to remove the tumor did we find out that it was cancerous. He made the decision almost immediately to try an “alternative” route to healing his cancer and to put it simply, I freaked out. I grew up in a family that went to the doctor when I was sick and took medication for anything from a headache to strep throat. I thought my husband was going to die and was scared to death that he didn’t want to go to a doctor to do the recommended treatment. I took his decision personally and decided he must not love me or our growing family enough because he didn’t want to go through the expected radiation treatments. This experience was really the pivotal moment in my life, where my foundation started to crumble. I will write about this transformation in more detail at a later time, but for now I’ll keep it as simple as possible to outline what happened with my pregnancy with my son Daniel and his birth. A lot of things happened during this time, so even though there is a lot of information it is all pertinent to my birth experience.
Evan was born July 23, 2003 at the Madison Hospital in Rexburg Idaho. I was married to his father at the time and we were both students at BYU-Idaho. I was young, inexperienced, naïve, and scared. His birth was almost 7 years ago and I was a completely different person then. I have changed dramatically since those days but to understand that change I must detail who I was and how I thought back then. I scrapbooked his first year of life while he was still young and I wrote down his birth story in that scrapbook.
Being pregnant wasn’t the best experience of my life, but the end result sure was worth those long nine months of waiting. I went to Madison Women’s Clinic for my pre-natal care and visited three different doctors – Dr. Allred, Dr. Barton, and Dr. Crouch (ABC’s). I listened to the advice of friends and went with this clinic because of the positive feedback I'd heard. I figured that because there were 3 different doctors I'd get a good balance of perspectives and personalities. For the most part I liked them, but Dr. Barton was by far my least favorite and Dr. Crouch was my favorite. I remember one time Dr. Barton was the doctor for my prenatal appointment and I was asking him a question. He had is hand on the doorknob and about to walk out of the room and seemed bugged when he had to turn around and answer me. It did help though to have their medical advice and reassurance that I was normal. I read lots of magazines, books, and asked family and friends countless questions. The first trimester I didn’t feel too great because I had morning sickness. I threw up every morning and sometimes at night. I was always hungry during the first months, so I would have to take snacks with me to school and work so I wouldn’t get sick. I worked at 6am and would frequently throw up just before going to work and would cry on the drive to work.