• Anonymous

    Wow – one of your best posts ever. Can’t wait for part 3!

  • http://noheasmith.blogspot.com The Rambler

    Great story.

    I just witnessed a birth last week for the first time and you put how I felt perfectly :)

    Except with my nervousness I said…

    “So, does it really smell like Wet Va-jay-jay when it’s near?”

    Yup. Yup, I did. :)

  • http://maternityshare.com/ Christine

    Holy fucking shit.

    Thank you for this post. My face is a mess.

    It is as if “The labor story, part two” was medicine to help me through my traumatic birthing experience one year ago.


  • Mack

    So, do you and John live with two babies now? Can Katey still assist w/ a newborn?

    That is so weird that you go from hiding your “slave” to giving the world her last name and everything.

    Great pic of you and Marlo, BTW!!

  • http://shriekhouse.wordpress.com shriek house

    Amazing story. I wish I had witnessed drug-free deliveries (besides the 70′s-era slightly porny videos they show in birthing class where you’re too busy laughing at the guy’s pointy lapels to really process anything) before having my own hopped-up-on-an-epidural versions because I think I would have been inspired to do it myself. So cool you had that experience, that awe.

    Also? That excommunicated Mormon lady? I think she was my airport shuttle driver from Park City last year. SAME EXACT STORY.

  • Jenn

    Thanks Katey for allowing us to hear this story, and thanks Heather for telling it!

    Rockin’ Mama’s!!

  • http://flickr.com/coyote Coyote

    Brava, Katy!

    But I still don’t understand why natural childbirth is seen as an uncommon alternative rather than the accepted norm. In the history of humans, far more babies have been born without medical intervention than with it.

  • Steph

    FUCK. YES.
    Thank you for writing this.
    And tell Katey she kicks ass.

  • http://buyprams.com.au/category/pram-and-stroller-reviews/ pram reviews

    This is an amazing story. I am simply gosmacked at your wonderful ability to convey the emotions of the day. Thank you Heather.

  • http://www.skunkstripe.wordpress.com Megan

    A great story, well told. Very cute baby (and I don’t say that lightly). If I am ever there, I am still totally locking everyone out and scheduling a c-section to boot.

    :-) But it is nice to know how the other half lives….

  • Anonymous

    Dude the Guyana references are tripping me out. My girlfriend is Guyanese and so few people have even heard of Guyana.

  • Sarah

    @ 62. Anonymous

    I’d rather be one of the people in celebratory awe, personally, than to have that sort of attitude.

    Katey is SO beautiful, as is her tiny bubble-blower.
    Thank you for the story, Heather- it was a great surprise.

  • http://sunbreaksintherainycity.blogspot.com jodie H

    Nicely done, Katie! As a retired (couldn’t handle the crazy hours) Doula, I can bear witness to the incredible power of support in the delivery room! You rock, Katie! And, you too, Heather. Nicely written, once again.

  • Anonymous

    stories like these make me so glad to be British! We have a fantastic health service that champions non-medicalised birthing, but we get on with it quietly. none of this ridiculous “you go girl” and “awesome”. Twats

  • Amanda from California

    How is it that you are surrounded by all these beautiful little girls with beautiful eyes? So not fair.

  • http://www.scribblejoint.com Claire0917

    Lol. love your story. And that baby is sooo cute! =)

  • http://www.topbabytravelstrollers.com/ Baby Travel Strollers

    Great story so far.. Thanks for finally sharing the second half of the saga :)

  • Anonymous

    Seeing I have no other place to put this I would like to publicly blame you for my etsy addiction. I had no idea till I read your website. Damn you woman!

  • http://shauny.org/pussycat Shauna

    Holy crap Heather… between this amazingly beautifully vivid post and that blissful pic of you and Marlo yesterday, the broodiness has finally kicked in :)

    Cannae wait for part 3!

  • http://www.whoa-mumma.blogspot.com Alex

    Tease! I am about to give birth to my 4th baby and I need to hear the final instalment! Come on! Soon I’m not going to have to waste on the internet.

    By the way, the first time I saw you was on Oprah a few weeks back here in Australia. I never twigged until I was randomly googling mom blogs. You’ve made my last few weeks bearable and inspired me to start writing again (if only to shut up the damn voices in my head…ha ha ha). You and Marlo look gorgeous.

  • NoL

    Congrats to Katey!!!!

    (and an awestruck -wow- to Jon for hanging out with two pg women at once, I could barely hang out with myself!)

    Can’t wait for part three!

  • http://alliedtech.org/category/registered-nurse-nursing-work-nurse-work/ Nurse work junky

    Wow that really is quite a touching story, I am an OB nurse so I see quite a few births in the field. Most take the meds in a second haha, bravo to this woman.

  • alice q.

    Thanks for sharing your story, and for a much needed chuckle!

  • eileen

    Congrats to Katey and her beautiful new baby Lily!

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  • JA

    Is a birth still considered natural and drug-free when it is assisted by pitocin? Free from pain relief: yes. Drug free: no.

  • Sara

    Wow. Katey is a Badass, and wee Lily is a stunner.

    Can’t wait for part 3. I’m already having sympathy pains for you just thinking about it.

  • http://www.lauratrevey.etsy.com Laura L Trevey

    Don’t miss the beautiful smiles :)

  • http://onecookieshort.blogspot.com/ Cookie

    Feel cheated by not getting Marlo’s story, but enjoyed reading Lily’s. Women who do it natural are amazing. I was all about medication myself, both times. Look forward to reading the rest.

  • http://ncsuemme.blogspot.com Emily

    I have never been moved to tears by a birthing story. Until today. Katey is an amazing woman and her daughter has some awesome women in her life. :)

  • Cris

    Women are the bravest, and communities are the best. If I weren’t barren, I’d want a birth story like that. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://bushbabe.blogspot.com Bush Babe of Granite Glen

    What a gorgeous Mum and baby… and how amazing for her to know she so inspired you… who are so inspiring others.

    I was not able to have a natural birth, but was witness to my sister giving birth to my beautiful neice… still one of the all time great moments of my life!!!

    Looking forward to part three…

  • Elaine

    Now this is the kind of honest story that makes me go from, “Well they don’t give out medals for doing it without drugs” to “ohmygoshiwanttohaveanaturalbirth”. Congrats to Katey and thanks to you for telling the story so well!

  • http://www.allegrasrose.blogspot.com Michele

    I’m crying (and I don’t even know why??). But the other thing coming to me is that you are changing Heather right before our eyes and it is awesome.

  • http://chipmunkheart.blogspot.com Liz

    Wow, this was beautiful and, while I’m not totally convinced I want a natural childbirth, the was breathtaking and captivating and has me thinking “…well….”

    But more importantly, I totally want this quote on a t-shirt:

    “Polygamists not only do it willingly, THEY DO IT SOBER.”

  • Becky

    Wow, Heather, I love how you write about the obviously powerful experience it was to be there for Katey during her delivery. I am 99% certain that it would not have changed my need for the epidural, but, seriously, God bless Jon for loving you so much!

  • Natalie

    Thanks so much! I am teary!

    I saw comment #226 and was reminded about your Oprah visit- I missed it on TV, but read about it when I looked you up on Oprah’s website. Glad to see you’ve already been on, b/c I’d love to see you back on to discuss your birth with Marlo! Can you call up “Regis and Kelly” and “The View” while you’re at it?

    Child-bearing women need a strong voice to stand up for the birth choices they may or may not know are being taken away from them.

  • http://bywayofdetroit.blogspot.com/ Krysta

    This story brought me to tears. And that baby? Holy shit is she cute!

  • the niffer

    And yet again, you take the words right out of my head. I can’t wait to do it again with number two in November.

  • http://www.grumblesandgrunts.com Jamie

    Alright jerk, you finally brought tears to the ice queen. Hopefully in a few weeks I will have one of these badass stories to share- this was definetly inspiring to hear.

  • http://mcity.livejournal.com Jonn Wood

    What #138, Sara Aubrey said. If that kid is half as pretty as her mama, she’s gonna be a heartbreaker, I can tell.

  • Agnes

    This post made me cry and almost want to have number 3.

  • maggie

    bit melllooo dramatic dontch think????

  • Lark

    I was due on Sunday and I am (not so) patiently waiting to try and have my own natural childbirth. Thanks for the last minute added boost of motivation. :)

  • flakeyblakee

    For the record… Boise has a higher population then Salt Lake City does!

  • chiquita

    Wow, a beautiful story, and a beautiful girl. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa G.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this for all of us! You are a joy to read.

  • http://zipbagofbones.blogspot.com Cat

    Totally feeling like a puss for whining about my stomache ache last night. I must be one of the herd that they’re trying to thin out. YAY KATEY!

  • http://graceofimperfection.blogspot.com Amanda

    I’m not going to lie–I think you’re both out of your minds! But, I’m listening, so that’s something. :)

  • http://www.atincupchalice.com MissCaron

    OH MY GOODNESS. What an amazing story … how awesome. I certainly hope that I am able to experience that one day …