Birth Stories & News

Everything after that point is an absolute blur. I kept telling myself to exist only in the present moment because the thought of doing this for any prolonged amount of time was simply unbearable. I remember asking Joe and Jen if our son would be born “today” – after almost 48 hours I needed some reassurance that I wouldn’t have to do this for another full day. It was probably 2 or 3 in the morning. They both assured me that yes, one way or another we would not do this for another 24 hours.

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Shanelle had envisioned giving birth in water from the first time she saw the deep soaking tubs at the birth center. When the time came, the water was soothing and relaxing and helped Shanelle bring her baby girl peacefully into the world. Mia was immideately placed on her mother's chest for warmth and comfort. Shanelle shares her water birth story.

I was encouraged to reach down and touch him “Is that his butt?!” Back to pushing. His butt came out, along with his legs, I felt them flop out. At that point I knew we were in the home stretch. So I kept going. His arms slipped out, and all was left was his head. “It burns!” Robin told me to keep going so I geared up and squeezed Jamie’s arms even harder. He was sobbing and cheering me on. Then - instant relief.

relaxing in birth pool

Jessica had been a surrogate for Sharol & Lake twice before. This time, she carried their twin boys. The boys were born about 3 hours apart and on different dates! Here is their amazing story.

My daughters are 5 years apart. I didn't intend to have more than one child because of the amount of trauma I went through giving birth to my first daughter. My C-section was not intended nor were all the interventions, (Pitocin, epidural, c-section) given to me. I didn’t know any better and I honestly thought the hospital nurses and doctors had me and my baby in their best interest. They didn’t give me any advice on how I could progress my labor naturally. They pushed the interventions...

"Birth is hard, painful, scary, and uncertain but God was present the whole time. I was able to sing worship songs to him between contractions and after Ben was in my arms."

Meet Jonathan. Born at home, at 5:57am - 3 minutes before my scheduled hospital induction. So glad we didn't go to the hospital that morning!

Maggie was a first time mom that discovered her little one was breech when she was in labor. Most families are not given the option of attempting a vaginal birth. With the support of her midwives, Maggie felt confident in her body to safely deliver her baby. Here is her story...

Julie Hatfield and Robin Rabenschlag

Read what our clients have to say about their birth experiences with the midwives.

Choosing to have a midwife and birth center provide care can save you 60% over a hospital birth with an OB. Westover Hills Birth Center works with many insurance companies and can help you navigate through their confusing requirements to help maximize your coverage.

Baby Sleeping on Book

After almost 7 years of feeling like my body couldn’t birth a baby, I did just that. I had a natural unmedicated birth after 2 c-sections with a 9 lb 1.5 oz baby boy (my biggest baby). Labor was long (over 24 hours), tiring, and intense.

Receptionist Stephanie

The perfect way to start off is by saying, our Midwife Robin is my very own Mama! I am a mother of 4 beautiful children who get to call her Oma, and 2 of them got the honor of being welcomed into this world into her arms!

all about morning sickness

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Signs of early pregnancy

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water birth, vba2c, vbac

For the past nine months Raul and I have been preparing for a HBA2C (home birth after 2 c-sections). We read all the books (Ina May was my favorite), watched all the documentaries and took a Bradley class to educate ourselves on the process. We were well versed in the “mechanics” of labor, but there was a mental/emotional component that I struggled with from day one.

Midwives are trained professionals for mothers and infants with an expertise in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and optimal birth outcomes and recoveries.

Witness the “birth” of Westover Hills Birth Center in San Antonio, Texas. Hear Robin Rabenschlag and Julie Hatfield tell the story behind …

Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has everything your baby needs to grow. And it’s all provided in a …