It Takes A Village. Mine is Intermountain Moms

Two years ago yesterday my baby was born.

Before he came along there were three other perfect little boys born.  All came with little fanfare or complication but he was a little different.  I suppose being the baby he wanted to make an entrance.

Throughout my entire pregnancy he was breech.  I can remember those last few weeks doing everything I could to entice him to turn.  Flashlight, orange juice, a birthing ball, yoga…everything short of standing on my head.  It became clear he was pretty comfortable and determined to stay put.

My wonderful doctor, who also delivered my other 3, explained our options and we set a date.  We opted for an external cephalic version (ECV) or, in lamens terms, slather mommy’s swollen belly with oil, grab baby and manually flip him from the outside.  Your stomach muscles just tightened a bit didn’t they!?  Yeah.  It was a pleasant experience.

Okay, so it wasn’t all that pleasant but I probably would have enjoyed it even more if he would have actually turned.

Considering all that could have gone wrong though I’m so grateful that his delivery, a c-section, went as smoothly as it did.  It turns out the umbilical chord was wrapped around his neck preventing him from turning so a c-section was the safest way to go.  Sometimes things just happen the way they are supposed to.

During the entire process I was anxious, nervous, nautious, terrified, all of the above.  Fortunately for me I had the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at Intermountain Healthcare walking (or in this case wheeling) me throughout the entire process.

They were there to care for my newborn son while I lay rather helpless on the operating table.  They were there to whisk him away to the NICU when they realized his breathing was irregular and rapid.  They were there to assure me that everything would be alright.

And it was.

It was certainly not the birth experience I had in mind going into the hospital that day but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

If nothing else, it has made me realize how grateful I am to have four strong and healthy boys and how important it is to have confidence in the medical team you are working with.

Which is why when I was asked to be an Intermountain Mom it took all of about negative 2.1 seconds to say YES!

Being a mother, whether it’s your first time around or your fourth, is a daily challenge.

Why is the umbilical chord black?  Should it be oozing like that?  My baby isn’t pooping enough.  My baby is pooping too much.  Why isn’t he sleeping longer?  Should that look like that?

Yes.  These really are all questions I myself had at one point in time during my own journey into motherhood.  That’s why when I discovered the community on Intermountain Moms on Facebook I was like “YES! Finally!”  I mean, I’ve got my girlfriends and, of course, my mother to answer questions but sometimes {and I say this in the nicest way possible} you need some more reassurance.

Through the Intermountain Moms Facebook Page you have access to hundreds of videos, a community of moms, and your own personal nurse…Nurse Dani {who is unbelievably adorable and my new BFF – even though she may not know it}.  There is a tab that allows you to ask her any question you have and she will answer it, either in written form or by video.  And don’t forget the community of moms who check on it daily.

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Well, this is my village.



  1. You’re a trooper. Yes, yes you are. Isn’t it interesting that the cord was wrapped so it was a blessing to do a c section. Sometimes we don’t understand a trial, but once it’s over we see what we gained from it. Yours-a healthy baby boy

  2. Loved reading about his first adventure into this world! Loved your post and love you! I tried to comment days ago via my phone from these wilds of Idaho and couldn’t get a connection. So, now that I have a few minutes near the wifi I just wanted to tell you that you are awesome!!


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