Success! A baby girl!!!

by Kaylana

Dear Wray,

I am typing with one hand as I hold my precious newborn baby girl!

Oh, what a journey it has been! After the miscarriages, cycles with no pregnancy, being mis-diagnosed with a rare skin and blood cancer (it was really psoriasis!) extra difficulties including Carbon Monoxide poisoning, a forced move and then a husband who left mid-pregnancy for a homosexual affair, I'd have every right to be depressed. But I am not. I have the baby girl I've longed for for several years!

Rachab Chara (Hebrew/Greek) was born in a home water birth. Now, I know that this is not new in the States and in other areas but an important note is that she was also my second VBA2C! (I was the first VBA2C for the home birth midwives here in Latvia four years ago. Since then there has been a steady increase in demand for VBACs here.)

The pregnancy was the easiest I've had! There was no morning sickness, no varicose veins, no swelling of the feet and hands, minimal weight gain (Rachab weighed in at 9.5lbs though!), and decent sleep. Of course, I was using the progesterone cream twice daily up until the last weeks of the pregnancy.

The midwives suggested that I stop the cream one month in advance of the delivery because of fear that the placenta might not detach. This brought on early contractions and dilation. Since the baby measured about 3-5 weeks bigger than my original expected date, the midwife moved the due date up a few weeks. (I had also had a strange last cycle which added to the confusion.) For about three weeks I walked around thinking that I was certainly past due, but when she finally did arrive she showed no signs (vernix and finger nails) of being overdue. In fact, she was just perfect!

Everyone who saw her those first few weeks commented on how intently she looked into one's eyes - not the empty gaze that newborns have for about a month. She loves to connect with people and be constantly around her other brothers and sister - in mom's arms, of course!

It was definitely like climbing a mountain these past four years. I'm glad to say that I made it!

And so, I send to you a heartfelt, sincere Thank You - for without you and your wonderful information and guidance I would never have achieved this goal. My prayers have been answered as my little angel sleeps sweetly in my arms.


Ps. I am now several weeks postpartum. I began using the cream again two weeks after delivery. My midwife insisted on me taking linseed to help with digestion. It was a mistake since it caused the psoriasis on my fingers and the hip pain to return. Given the extra stress, I needed the cream to help get things back in order. The amount I need now is less than before the pregnancy so that's a good sign. Rachab is doing great and is an incredibly peaceful, calm baby. I couldn't ask for anything more.

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Oct 20, 2013
by: Joy

Hi Kaylana

WOW!! What fabulous news! I have followed your posts to Wray and what a torrid time you have had. Life can be so cruel at times, but it is how we deal with these issues in life that is so important. You clearly did not give up and moved forward as daunting as it was at the time.

Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl, may she bring you all the happiness in the world.

I, personally would like to thank you for trusting in Wray and doing as she suggested. Without her, where would be ALL be?

Enjoy your little bundle of joy and I wish you love and light.

Take care.

Oct 20, 2013
What a truly beautiful post..
by: Margit

I read your post and it was heartwarming !! I don't know you but I could relate to your story and I am incredibly happy for you and your family . I know Wray well and she too was sent to me like an messenger from 'above' . The cream saved my sanity made me whole again.
Thank you for sharing your personal story with us !
You are truly blessed !

Oct 21, 2013
Success! A baby girl!!!
by: Wray

Hi Kaylana What can I say, I'm just so delighted knowing all you've been through! Bless you for those kind words, it makes all the work I do so worthwhile. So delighted she's so calm, with all that progesterone it doesn't surprise me! We've suggested to desperate mothers that they use a tiny bit on fractious babies/toddlers, works wonders. And a water bath, I wanted one, but 32 years ago my gynae just looked sideways at me! Wish you'd told me about stopping the progesterone. These are two papers on contractions, see here and here. Interestingly no amount of supplementary progesterone will stop labour, see here. Although of course it is excellent for preventing a preterm birth. So interesting your observation about no vacant stare, does that mean progesterone prevents it, or a lack causes it? It certainly makes for an intelligent baby, so maybe that's why. I've just re-read your first page started on the site in June, 2012, to remind me of all you've endured, remarkable, see here. But you didn't mention the CO poisoning, the affair or the move, how you carried that child to term beats me, or is it the progesterone?! And all those other pages you've commented on, always so interesting. I now give out Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health to so many others, it's brilliant. Another I've got on my Kindle, not read yet is Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers. This one is by a neurologist, so wonderful these doctors are realising how dangerous wheat and all sugars are. Another you might like is Gary Taube's book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It. Ignore the title, it's an excellent book which explains the role carbohydrates and insulin play in our body. And how damaging both are when in excess. Also ignore his section on oestrogen, totally wrong! So pleased you stopped the flax seed before it got out of hand again, you are so sensitive to substances. Please keep in touch when you can. And many blessings! Take care Wray

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