The amazing Danielle Meintanis with her daughters Angelina (3) and Althaea (5 days). Danielle had a healthy pregnancy with her first daughter and was under the care of a midwife group. Her delivery however, was far from what she had imagined and she went through a cascade of interventions that ultimately lead in a cesarean delivery. She says that in her case, she very much feels that it was the nurses rather than the doctors that lead her care down the path of unwanted interventions. They also forgot to bring her husband in the operating suite so Angelina was born with just Danielle in the room but no one thought to show her her baby either. As a result, Danielle had to see her daughter first via a digital photograph. She decided that she wanted things to go much differently for her second birth, and planned a homebirth after cesarean. She interviewed every midwife she could find until she found the one for her and had great support from her husband. Her second labor and birth was only 15 hours from start to finish and while it was far more painful than she had imagined, she did it. She was able to push Althaea out on her knees and bring her up to her chest herself. Before the midwife even noticed she noticed that her cord was detached but she only lost a small amount of blood. After Danielle's previous birth, being able to catch her own daughter was very healing for her and she was able to initiate breastfeeding almost immediately.