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The Birth of Poetica


Let me start this with a disclaimer as I know how touchy the topic of birth can be for many reasons.  I'm also writing for future births. I was terrified at the idea of birth before watching 'The Business of Being Born'. After watching this eye opening doc my mind was blown.  I began researching more and decided my birth plan along the way of research.  My choices are not for the sake of being a strong superwoman but reinforcing Gods perfect design of vaginal birth and breastfeeding. My body was made for this supernatural miraculous event.  This is not a story of superiority or to shame anyone with their choices or story. It is my story in hopes to shed light and empower women. And with that…..

Empowering My Body in Advance:

Where do I begin!?  Well perhaps you know me from 2008 till now and perhaps you don't but in '08 I was finally ready to do my own research on

'alternative' healing and medicine.  You see I was on the 6th year of antibiotics prescribed to me for blemishes and I knew this just can't be good for the body.  I decided to look up the word antibiotic.  Anti meaning 'against' or 'opposite of' and Biotic meaning 'life'.  It was at that moment it hit me…  I'm basically taking death pills for 6 years!!!   I was reminded of Proverbs 18:21 

"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." 

(This scripture has been the pinnacle of my research since!)  Needless to say, I ran into tons of probiotic research, juicing, detoxing and so much more.  All this to say, that was the day I began preparing my body and womb to one day embrace a child. 

“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human fem

ale bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”  ― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Overcoming Fear:

Fast forward to 2014 after many years of hearing only horror stories of childbirth and telling everyone and myself I never wanted to have a child of my own.  At the time I only wanted to adopt and I had watched my husbands hope of having a baby of his own flesh and blood dwindle to accepting that we may never have our own child.  God was renewing my mind in secret and blossomed into speaking life back into my husband about who would one day be our baby and how we would raise our baby if we had one.  We began praying about it and how we wanted our baby to be a servant to those in need and the world of traveling for her education.  I put my eating choices in high gear with choosing only organic, non-gmo and raw sources as much as possible, this was to be our health insurance. 

We're Pregnant!:

I never wanted to have a summer baby but we agreed with the Lord and decided we would try for baby in October. On my birthday, November 1st, I took a pregnancy test and it revealed we were in fact pregnant!   Our dreams were already coming true as on my birthday we had booked time to serve students through Awaken Arts with Christine Apa.  Our baby was already involved in serving the community whilst in my womb!  My health was great, I began eating more probiotics, drinking more water and working out more regularly with our outstanding trainer Mike Piacentino of Pi Gallery and Frek ware.


We decided to keep it a secret and honor our parents by telling them first face to face.  Soon after another prayer was answered as we put everything in storage and traveled by car from Los Angeles to Indiana to tell my parents and then to

Tennessee to tell our mentors and dear friends, Michael and Celeste Guido and then to Houston in January to tell Daniel's family.    It felt great to embark on the open road and read through the midwife movement on The Farm in the 60's.

We didn't know where we were going to land, thinking we were going back to LA with job offers in NY, Portland and Tennessee.  It was approaching April and a decision needed to be made as baby was coming in 3 months.  Every door closed and we started wondering where we went wrong.  It was a time of many emotions and testing our faith.  With no jobs extended our way we spent our nights walking the grounds of Daniel's parent's school and daycare, God's Rainbow Christian Academy.  It was a time to extend our gratitude to all God has done in our lives and praise Him for who He is.

“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we”  ― Ina May Gaskin

A Vision:

During a cleanse God began speaking to me (this happens often and I have several reasons why -But, another time, another story.) in visions and ideas for the land of the Academy.   A couple sleepless nights passed and the vision kept repeating and growing and so I said ok Lord I will create the map and fund raising plan. 

Sometimes when you don't know what to do to get from A to B, the best thing is to simply do the one thing you know God wants you to do.  So I did, it took about a month to create digital files, pull an inspiration board, source materials and budget.  Then we were ready to present the campaign alongside the social media tools we created for the Academy back in February and March.  The school board loved it!  Milagros, founder of the Academy, had explained how some of these things created were exactly like the things she had drawn for the school 7 years ago!   It was divine confirmation as our family in Tennessee told us we would be birthing hope!

 Before & After

After prayer with my husband we decided we would do the project and let God do the rest as well as dedicate a year of our time to it.  So we decided we would commit to remodeling the room offered to us as the first material donation.  This room would set the tone for the rest of the land project and made into a classroom when we left.

Finding a Midwife:

With so many things shifting around our comfort zone, I had little time to think about my pregnancy, birth plan and getting my first check up.  It was April, I was approaching my 3rd trimester and I searched the Houston area for the perfect Midwife who would honor my choices.  We found a few, visited one and the second was was a believer in Christ and I felt the connection, genuine heart and sensed her intelligence and confidence.   She didn't make me feel judged and allowed me to turn down any 'standard' procedures I didn't want as well as give me the reasons for each one.   Ashley of Wellspring Midwifery Care & Birth Center was on board with my wishes for a water birth, delayed cord clamping, no ultrasounds and no drugs for my home birth.

In my third trimester we planned a road trip back to LA and northern California to take care of some business, visit friends, do an art show and attend a beautiful baby shower my husband and good friends put together.  As I entered into my 3rd trimester I was still pretty active and not in a rush to give birth as we were still waiting on the room to be finished as it was where I would give birth. 

As we returned to Houston, the room was inching along and my due date approaching swiftly.  I made myself busy with finishing