The lovely Linda Madrak, Kati Cain and Alice (11 months). Linda is mother to Kati (30) and Kevin (27). She tried for about three years to conceive before being diagnosed with a thyroid issue. Within months of starting medication she was finally pregnant. Her pregnancy with Kati was healthy until about 6 months when she developed gestational diabetes. She carried until about three weeks prior to her due date when her waters started leaking. Her doctors were worried she may have an infection so they started pitcoin and she labored for 18 hours in a great deal of pain. Kati began to become distressed but she was able to push her out on her own before requiring a cesarean. While her daughter was born healthy at over 7lbs and she was able to hold her, the doctors were worried that the baby may also have an infection. As there was no NICU on site they transferred Kati to a different hospital leaving Linda on her own for three days without her baby. She was able to pump for her but says it was incredibly sad to see all the other moms with their babies and not have her daughter with her. Once Linda was discharged she was able to visit her daughter in NICU daily and breastfeed her. She nursed Kati until she was 3 months old and conceived her son Kevin a couple years later. Her pregnancy and birth with Kevin went much more smoothly and she enjoyed a breastfeeding relationship with him as well.
Linda enjoyed motherhood even with it's rocky start but says that being a grandmother and watching her daughter's relationship with Alice unfold is phenomenal and she's enjoying it even more than she did when it was her turn. In the past few months Linda has been focusing on her health and started running. She has just completed her first 5k and is training for a half marathon with her daughter and son-in-law.
Kati spent about 18 months trying to conceive, during which she was incredibly active with running, lifting and working out. She thought maybe her amount of exercise was contributing to her inability to get pregnant so she backed off the workouts, gained 5-10 pounds and got pregnant! Her pregnancy went very well and she found a midwife she was thrilled with who supported her greatly. Kati continued to be active during her pregnancy, continued lifting weights and ran a half marathon with her sister-in-law when she was 24 weeks pregnant. She went into labor 10 days early and labored at home with the support of her midwife, husband, mother and several other important women in her life. Alice had become stuck in Kati's hip during pregnancy and found her way right back there once labor began. She had been working with a chiropractor and went to have an adjustment which but her baby is a better position but sent her spiraling. She felt like she was in transition, constantly getting sick, with contractions 1 minute apart for the next 18 hours until Alice was born. She pushed for two hours on her guest bed and says her daughter was born into a community of people who already loved her just as the sun was coming up. Kati's midwife also has a degree in psychology and says that she supported her fully in her 8 weeks postpartum with visits that felt as much like therapy as midwifery. Breastfeeding has been going very well and the pair are going strong as Alice approaches her first birthday.
Kati wanted to participate to encourage other women to go into pregnancy and birth by educating themselves. The Bradley classes she took during pregnancy were crucial in preparing she and her husband for her birth at home and gave them the resolve to power through when she begged to be transferred to hospital. Finding a care provider she knew was fully supportive was also key. Finally, Kati says trusting and believing in your body is so important in preparing for motherhood.