See What People Are Saying About HazelTree Midwifery
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"Kim and Krista are amazing Midwives. They were such amazing supports for my first home birth experience. They were always sweet and always what I needed during every step of my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. There were times when they believed in me and I didn't even have the faith anymore. They included my husband and our other children and made them apart of the experience."
"From this Grandma's point of view, these ladies are spectacular. I wish I was able to have this experience with my own children long ago. Kim and Krysta are amazing, let my daughter choose her own path and are complete experts at every step of the birthing process. Never once did I wish we were in the hospital... And that is a big change for me. Thank you thank you Thank you!!!"
"I don't know how to put into words how absolutely amazing these ladies are! When I started looking for a midwife I knew exactly what I wanted. A natural, intervention-free home birth with women who were as excited as I was to have a baby! They let me take my own route as long as it was medically safe. I felt like I had total control over my birth and I can't wait to do it again! I would recommend these gals to anyone and everyone!"
“Raquel, listen to me. I need you to listen to me. Do you hear me?” In the density of the pressure consuming my mind and body, I heard Kim’s voice break through calmly and clearly. “Remember peace,” she said, quoting my vision for the birth. I nodded, and Kim gave me a few words of inspiration and instruction to “push past the pressure” and meet my daughter. I inhaled and thought, “I trust God. I trust my body, and I trust my midwife.” Just a few minutes later, I held my beautiful daughter in my arms and felt amazed at the process God uses to bring life into this world, including the strength of another woman’s presence, wisdom, and experience. This is what a woman, who in the midst of one of the most sacred experiences of her life, needs: clarity, focus, and strength calmly spoken when she can’t hear anything else, a well-established feeling and knowledge of safety when she feels anything but, and a warmth and connection to those with her in the experience. Kim. She believed in my birth vision. She believed in ME. Kim is more than an attendant at the birth of your child; she is the embodiment of the nurturing, midwifery spirit. Thank you, Kim!! I so appreciate you!!"
"As a father with a great distrust in doctors and the US baby business, I could not have asked for a better birth team. These women will treat your baby mama with great care and respect, as well as respect whatever it is you choose for your baby. Our daughter was born non-responsive and the whole team immediately took action... our daughter's life was saved by Kim's experienced hands, mind, and heart, and we will forever be indebted to her. No words can truly fully express what the ladies at HazelTree have done for us as a family. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart thank you!!!!!"
"When it comes to having a baby, you want someone who will listen to your concerns, give you advise, and sometimes just be a shoulder to cry on. Kim Palmer is all of these things and more! I was introduced to Kim in my third trimester and I couldn’t have asked for a better woman to have present at the birth of my daughter. She helped me to relax and even laugh during my labor and deliver. By the time my daughter was eight weeks old, she felt more like a family member than just one of my midwifes. My only regret is that she won’t be able to deliver my future children, since she has relocated. Any woman would be placing herself and her baby in good hands by having Kim as their midwife."
"I can’t say enough good things about Kim and Krysta! They make a fantastic team. With their help I had a confident and happy pregnancy and an incredible birth experience with my 3rd baby. I loved that an ultrasound and prenatal massages were included in their fee. These midwives give the most wonderful and personal care."
"I began my late months of pregnancy scared and confused finding little help from the OBs that had been caring for my unborn child. We had been so prepared. This was a planned, welcomed pregnancy and at eight months along I knew as little as I did when we first looked at our positive pregnancy test. The moment my husband and I walked in to the midwifery clinic where we met you, Kim, we were welcomed with warmth. We were suddenly made a priority. Our fear and confusion melted as your kind and skilled heart continued to educate and instill the confidence we needed to walk into labor completely fearless. Your touch in labor is something I will never forget. It provided such a sense of peace at the most intense moments of labor. You made me feel so important and powerful. Your words of encouragement made me know I could do this. And I did. But not without the counseling, guidance, and love of a wonderfully skilled midwife. You are such a gift to the birth world. Our family is forever grateful for the work you do!"
"Kim attended both of my home births. Each time, it wasn’t until she arrived that things started really progressing. I am confident that this is not a coincidence: subconsciously I knew she offered the calm, comfort, and confidence needed for labor. While I am definitely of the mindset that we trust our bodies to bring our babies into this world, Kim provides the reassurance to do so. She has the perfect mix of humor, wisdom, experience, patience, confidence, and poise that makes for an absolutely wonderful midwife. For my first pregnancy, I planned on delivering at the hospital with a great group of midwives. It wasn’t until 37 weeks when we toured the hospital and learned of their policies, that I realized it was not for me. Enter Kim. We had only a couple weeks to get acquainted and have her become part of what is such a profoundly intimate experience. Kim was totally disarming from the start. She was warm, engaging, and funny, while conveying a wisdom and experience that make you want to entrust yourself to her. During each contraction, Kim was very hands-on and very encouraging. Sometimes I didn’t know what I needed and she calmly and proactively tried different things. The water birth went smoothly (make no mistake — it HURTS!!) but I only pushed for 27 minutes and did not tear. My second birth, which everyone says is easier, was NOT! Despite a much longer and more difficult labor (with a baby two pounds larger than the first), I had another wonderful home/water birth. This time, I really wanted to “catch” my own baby, and Kim encouraged me to do so. Not only did I catch him, but leading up to it, Kim coached me (after I threatened to “smack her in the head”) to move my own cervical lip (9 1/2 cm dilated on one side, and a full 10 cm on the other) aside to allow my baby down the birth canal. In hindsight, it was Kim’s confidence in me, that allowed me to do it. That is what midwifery is all about, and I am forever grateful for that gift."
A birth brat? Are you kidding me?!?!You might have seen the news recently that the Duchess of Sussex (the lady I hold personally responsible for the fact that no one has been able to spell my name correctly for the past 2 years 😜), has been described as a ‘birth brat’, which I can only assume is the journalistic birth equivalent to bridezilla.. ‘God! What was she asking for?’ you might be wondering.. ‘Lobster after the birth and a jewel encrusted birth pool?’
Nope. According to the press the Duchess wanted to be able to choose her own healthcare providers, her own place of birth and not be subjected to a photo shoot by the worlds media immediately after giving birth. Oh! Like.. basic human rights then?
The fact that requests like this, or even more specific choices (which we obviously don’t know Meghan’s preferences on), like whether or not to have a vaginal examination, whether or not to have continuous monitoring in labour, whether to accept a sweep at 40 weeks.. are seen as ‘unusual’, or ‘being difficult’ says a hell of a lot more about our society, women’s rights and the narrative around birth than it does about The Duchess of Sussex!
We don’t go to the hair dressers and get told- ‘well you’re turning 40 now so it’s time to get a crop style, I can see Grey’s in there so we must dye it, you have a big forehead so i’m just going to cut you a quick fringe’.. and if we DID get treated like this we’d leave the hair dressers, and tell all our friends not to go to that salon!
Why is birth any different? Why is the default expectation that the minute we fall pregnant our bodies become the property of other people. Whether that friends, family or even total strangers expressing their opinions about what we do or eat during pregnancy or our plans for birth.. or during labour itself when it’s expected for women to walk into a hospital and say ‘ok, get the baby out, do whatever it takes’.
On all our courses at Positively Birthing we focus a lot on what your choices are and how to take control of them. You’re not being difficult, or a brat, for having your own thoughts and opinions about what you want for your birth.. from the hundreds of women I’ve worked with and hundreds more birth stories I’ve heard, THIS is the single most important part of getting a positive birth experience. Not hypnobirthing, not being in a pool, not where you give birth- but deciding things for YOURSELF and being supported in these decisions.
If you want so many many more tips and ideas on ‘how to be a birth brat’ from the other Megan that knows a thing or two about it 🙋our group and private courses can be booked in Surrey and London on the website now! www.positivelybirthing.com… See MoreSee Less