Emily L.

A Labor & Delivery RN's Childbirth

How Did Your Labor Start?

I was induced at 40+6 weeks. My team and I decided that was an appropriate time to induce based on my pregnancy and size of my kiddo.

What was the Most Challenging aspect of your childbirth and How did you Overcome it?

I really didn’t want an induction. I am a labor and delivery nurse by trade, and have seen how long and difficult inductions can be. That being said, I also knew waiting too long posed it’s own risks. Your class definitely helped get me in the right head space to go with the flow and still have an empowered birth. 

How did the Push Lab help you prepare for an empowered birth?

The best part of the Push Lab for me was twofold. Like I said, I have seen a lot of birth as an L&D nurse, but I had never had one myself. The mindset training was fabulous and some of the best I have seen. Additionally, I loved the breathing techniques and used them frequently. My husband really liked knowing how he could help because he is a very hands on guy.

What surprised you about your birth?

How calm I was despite being induced. I was also worried my nurse brain was going to take over, but I worked hard to stay focused on the task at hand and I feel like I was really successful

How did it feel to meet your baby for the first time?

The best! We did not know if we were having a boy or a girl, so when my husband helped to deliver our baby and brought him to my chest saying “It’s a boy,” I was overwhelmed with joy and surprise and gratefulness. He is our rainbow baby so it was a really special moment to finally hold him in my arms.

What advice can you give to moms looking to prepare for an empowered birth?

Be educated, have a philosophy of how you want to birth and be flexible and understanding when sometimes things out of our control change the course of labor and delivery.