A testimonial from Mandy…
When I watched my sister-in-law give birth to my nephew in the fall of 2004, it was the first birth experience I had personally witnessed and at that moment I knew it was NOT the birth experience I wanted to have.
When I found myself pregnant in the winter of 2006, I started seeking midwifery care. The first midwives I was “treated” by would not allow me to birth in water as I had decided so late in my pregnancy. I sought other options and I found Andaluz. From the first “consultation” apointment, my husband and I were hooked. The midwife who met with us spent over an hour getting to know us and the desires we had for our birth, something we never received under other care providers. To this day, it is still one of the things my husband tells everyone about our experience with Andaluz. Each appointment is spent discussing how you are feeling, how your partner is feeling, if you have any concerns, questions, etc . . . the midwives take the time to get to know YOU and your family so that they can be most attentive to your needs and the needs of your baby.
When that early August morning came, I was ushered into a beautiful, candlelit suite with a full tub of warm water. It was obvious that a place was prepared for me and the number one goal was my comfort. I don’t think I could have felt more safe or cared for than I was at that moment in the peace of that room with my husband and my midwives at my side. I was allowed to birth as I needed to and my precious little baby was allowed to come in HER time. There was no schedule, no panic, no pressure (except that of my uterus). When our little girl finally made her appearance, the first hands she felt were her daddy’s. He was the first one to touch his baby and to this day, three years later, you will still see him glow when he tells people this. I don’t think he has ever had a prouder moment.
Thanks to Andaluz, I am the only woman I know who looks forward to the opportunity to give birth again so that I may return to the peace and comfort that is Andaluz. The peace and comfort that comes from knowing that you are truly known, deeply cared for and well respected as a woman, a mother and a warrior! Knowing and believing that this is what your body was designed to do and however YOUR body does it is okay. This is the gift that Andaluz gives. It is the best gift a family can have!