The wonderful Kimberly Yates, Madeline (4), Bea (21 months) and Holden (4 weeks). Kimberly always knew that she wanted to be a stay at home mom. When she and her husband got married, however, they were suddenly a bit scared of parenthood and ended up waiting about 5 years. During that time they had a foster experience which showed them how much they really wanted to have a child of their own. Kimberly has had three wonderful home births and her love for birth in general is what drove her to share her story.
Pregnancy has been very easy for Kimberly and her body adapts very well. Her only symptom is an aversion to cooking the first few months. Kimberly hired a doula right away when she conceived Madeline but she and her husband weren't sure where they wanted to deliver. In fact, at that point they found the idea of home birth kind of scary. Ultimately, she met someone who had a successful home birth, interviewed her midwife and ended up deciding it was for her about 5 months before her first daughter was born. Kimberly's water broke at 8:30 on a Wednesday and Madeline was born at 7:15 on a Wednesday. She was grateful for home birth because she knew that her local hospital would not have allowed her to labor for 47 hours after her water broke without intervention. Madeline arrived wrapped in her umbilical cord but without complication. Her pregnancy with Bea was enjoyable and she arrived in just 2.5 hours from start to finish. They couldn't believe things happened so quickly. With Holden, labor was just under 5 hours. With both of her girls, Kimberly's water broke before labor started and she was standing when she pushed them out. Holden's water broke just before he was born and she felt most comfortable pushing on her knees.
Kimberly saw her mother breastfeed her younger brother and knew that she always wanted to do the same. With Madeline, things were very difficult at first. Likely in part to an undiagnosed tongue tie that went undiscovered until she was three. The first 12 weeks of nursing were horrendous. Kimberly developed a blister that caused permanent damage to her nipple but she didn't know why they were having trouble. She sought help from Le Leche League and was able to make it through to 2.5 years.. She started to have latch issues with Bea as well but hired a lactation consultant to help and avoided any damage and she self-weaned during pregnancy with Holden. Things with Holden so far have been quite wonderful and Kimberly hopes to continue until they are both done.
Kimberly has fallen in love with motherhood and loves reading other mothers stories. Her body and her view of herself has changed for the better and she wants other women to feel that acceptance of themselves and their bodies after becoming mothers.