The wonderful Emily Werkheiser with her daughter Alyana (12 weeks). Emily had a very healthy pregnancy and carried to 42 weeks. She had a scheduled induction at 42 weeks but went into labor naturally the evening before. Emily had planned to have a water birth at a birthing center and labored there for about 24 hours before she began to spike a fever and her midwives became concerned. They decided to transfer her to the hospital so they could be sure and it was confirmed that she had amnionitis and both she and Alyana would need antibiotics. They recommended she go ahead and get an epidural so she could rest and she was able to have an epidural with a button so she could self administer as opposed to a drip. She took a nap and woke almost ready to push. After 30+ hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing she was able to have her vaginal birth. Emily says she hadn't pushed the button for her epidural in about 4 hours so feels like, even though it was different circumstances she was able to have her natural birth. The hospital was very respectful of her birth plan and wishes as well. Alyana had to be monitored for a couple hours after Emily got to hold her due to the infection and meconium but was able to stay with Emily the rest of the time. She latched right away without issue and they have a great breastfeeding relationship today.
Emily's husband encouraged her to participate in the project and she was excited to celebrate her new body. He loves her body that made their baby and while she says it's sometimes a struggle she has strong moments she sees that beauty as well. Emily has been inspired by the women who have been brave enough to share their stories before her and she is excited at the thought of inspiring others by sharing hers.