Empowering Birth Center Birth Surrounded by Women Despite Being Separated from Husband for Pregnancy & Birth

First-time mom Natalie had a beautiful but emotionally challenging pregnancy during which she was separated from her husband, an officer in the US Army, from week 20 onward. Due to a required military training course that did not go quite as planned, Natalie’s husband was unable to attend the birth of his daughter and didn’t end up meeting her until she was almost 3 weeks old. Despite these disappointing circumstances, Natalie had an incredible birth experience surrounded by her mother, sister, doula, and team of midwives at her birth center. Her daughter Cecilia was brought into the world surrounded by strong, caring women who supported and loved Natalie throughout her 21 hours of unmedicated labor with almost 3 hours of pushing at the end.

Natalie Curran Bio

Natalie is a military wife with a passion for fitness, singing opera, and being the best mother she can be to her sweet baby girl. She has moved four times since getting married to her military man in 2014, and they currently reside in beautiful North Carolina where he is stationed. Connect with her at natalie.jd.curran@gmail.com.

Resources

Core Rehab program by Erica Ziel:  for healing and strengthening your entire core/pelvic floor postpartum
doulamatch.net for finding a birth/postpartum doula
La Leche League for finding a local group of BF moms

Earth Mama Organics

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