My birth journey began many years ago, when I was a young mother-to-be and very naive. I have always tended toward doing things in a natural manner, however. Despite having never picked up a book on the subject, I did learn much from each of the births of my 7 babies. After a rather bad experience at the hospital nearest me, I began looking at other, more preferable options. I ended up choosing a distant hospital and a midwifery practice for my fourth baby. The birth was perfect and amazing, but the stay at the hospital afterward was unpleasant. Because the hospital was so far away, it was a very uncomfortable drive, while in active labor. I decided then that next time I'd have a midwife come to me, and afterward sleep in my own, comfortable bed, and have my help-meet there to help with baby and kids alike. I met Cathy when pregnant with my fifth baby. Immediately, I knew she was the right midwife for me. I love that she believes in evidence based practices, in which I, too believe. Labor with my fifth baby (first at home) was particularly long and especially painful, but Cathy knew just what to do to help labor progress and to help me relax. I was most impressed that she seemed to sense when to be hands-on and when to be hands-off, despite that I am not particularly vocal about my needs. My husband was not particularly comfortable with the idea of having a baby born at home, but after the first, he was hooked, as was I. Our sixth and seventh babies were born at home, in the water with Cathy and they were wonderful as well.