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Pregnancy and Childbirth
Shaina Marts and Her Second Time Around: Women's Care
Shaina knew she didn’t want to give birth in a typical hospital labor-and-delivery wing, so when she became pregnant with her first child, Hannah, she heard about the Midwifery Birth Center at St. Joseph Medical Center, and knew immediately she wanted to give birth there.
Her first birth, with Hannah, went mostly as planned. She had an unmedicated birth, but she did not give birth in the water as she’d hoped. Her labor was long and exhausting, but she had a very satisfying birth.
Shaina and her husband moved from Tacoma to Yelm during her pregnancy with Hannah, but when Shaina became pregnant again quickly, she knew she wanted to give birth at the Midwifery Birth Center again.
For her pregnancy with son Levi, Shaina participated in Centering Pregnancy. She enjoyed this immensely, because as a stay-at-home mom to a baby, she craved interactions with other adults. Centering gave her the opportunity to meet and interact with other adults as part of her prenatal care.
“I didn’t feel like I needed Centering for my first pregnancy, but for my second I definitely wanted to give it a try. It was amazing, our group had a nice balance of people and it was nice to build those relationships and just get some real-life questions answered from other moms.”
For her birth of son Levi in May 2018, Shaina felt more relaxed than she did during her first birth. She wanted a shorter labor, and she focused on relaxation to help her labor progress. “During my labor with Levi I remember looking up and thinking, this is so calm.” This time, she gave birth in the water, just as she’d hoped.
“I’m always telling my friends how great it was to deliver at the Birth Center! If and when we have a third child, we’ll be back!”
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