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Keri. new mom.

Ryder's Water Birth Story

Keri Marino was one of our very first patients at Baby+Company in Cary, so she got to see the birth center as it evolved and grew into the bustling, thriving place of care it is today. As a recent transplant to the area, she discovered Baby+Company through a newspaper article announcing our grand opening. We are honored to have shared this journey with her, and are grateful she is sharing her story!

Hi, Keri! Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.

I’m a yoga therapist, and I have a private practice where I help people learn about the healing nature of yoga. My husband is a chef, and we love the outdoors, cooking (and eating) healthy food, and maintaining a natural lifestyle. We try to live close to the earth and make good choices in terms of what we put into our bodies. Life doesn’t need so many complications; it’s happy and perfect and wonderful the way it is.

Did you go to Baby+Company for your prenatal visits as well as the birth?

ryders birth story keri mom and babyYes, I found out I was expecting only a month after I moved here. We went here for our prenatal visits and did all of our birthing classes at Baby+Company, as well. I’ve also participated in the New Moms Group, and it’s been so wonderful to stay linked in with everyone at the center. They have a lot of opportunities for people not only to bring their babies into the world but also to become engaged in a community of other mothers once their babies are here.

Tell us about your birth day. What was your experience?

I had prodomal labor, which is basically early first-stage labor. Your body is trying to birth your baby, but your little one isn’t in position and your cervix isn’t dilated. It just doesn’t progress. I was in this early stage of labor for four and a half days, during which I could hardly sleep or eat. The midwives were so patient, and they tried every trick in the book to help me sleep and remain comfortable.

Eventually, I was transferred to the hospital. Jewell, the midwife, came over with me, but when we got to the hospital, we realized I was in active labor. I went home and labored for a bit and then went back to Baby+Company, where my son, Ryder, was delivered.

I had a water birth, and Ryder was born clear-eyed and crying. I used the Hypnobabies technique, which bans certain words from the birthing room. The midwives were so supportive and on board with the program, and I was very calm throughout the journey. After Ryder was born, my husband, son, and I got to have that wonderful golden hour where it’s just the three of us meeting for the first time. Ryder was anxious to breastfeed, and the midwives were really helpful in those first few hours, as well as later on when the nurse visited us at home.

What stands out about your birth center experience?

When you’re preparing to birth a baby, you don’t think about what’s going to happen after the baby comes. Even getting out of the bathtub is a challenge because you’re so weak. By the time Ryder was born I could hardly function. One of the things that was a really pleasant surprise was how incredible the midwives were in the way they cared for me. They wrapped me in a robe and walked me to the bed. It was almost like having your mom there. They were so kind and really respectful. I could tell they were honoring what I had gone through, giving me the utmost in care and love. They took care of me, so I could take care of my baby.

How has motherhood been so far? Is it what you expected?

Motherhood has been such a beautiful opportunity. It challenges you to grow so much, and that love you feel for your child is one of the most amazing things you’ll ever experience. It’s been exhausting, but even in the fatigue you never feel tired of being a mother or taking care of the baby and his needs. Having a good support system is a big part of that. Staying engaged with the birth center has been integral for me. The mom’s group is especially wonderful, because the women you meet are going through the same things at the same time.

Do you have any advice for other mothers who are thinking about using a birth center?

I’d tell them to go for it. The facilities at Baby+Company are beautiful; it’s like a modern hotel for birthing. We’ll absolutely be back for our next baby!

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