Breath of Life Midwifery

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Birth Announcements

2017

03/28/17 - Baby Boy - 8lb 0oz

3/28/17 - Baby Boy - 8lb 2oz

3/12/17 - Baby Girl - 8lb 12oz

3/9/17 - Baby Girl - 7lb 11oz

2/20/17 - Baby Girl - 6lb 15oz

02/05/17 - Baby Girl - 8lb 2oz

01/22/17 - Baby Girl - 8lb 12oz

01/13/17 - Baby Girl - 9lb 12oz

01/07/17 - Baby Girl - 8lb 15oz

01/03/17 - Baby Girl - 8lb 5oz

2016 Birth Statistics

We had the busiest year on record in 2016. Olivia Moran joined our team as an apprentice. We were able to build our collaborative efforts with many midwives, an obstetrician, and a pediatrician. Our community mourned the loss of Wanda Smith, an amazing midwife, mother, and friend. We took on nearly her entire client load because I was her former apprentice, midwifery partner, and back-up midwife. We assisted 40 families with their births, 13 were first time moms. 2016 brought a large number of clients that risked out of homebirth care prenatally, but about 85% of the mothers that started labor at home, birthed at home. We had 7 VBACs, 6 at home, including an HBA2C. We had 7 cesarean births (including those who risked out prenatally), making our rate for the year 17.5%. Because of these mothers and a supportive doctor, Lewis Gale Hospital is now doing skin to skin cesareans. Reasons for those cesareans include: 2 elective breech cesarean births, 1 placenta previa, 2 for fetal distress, and 2 at 42+ weeks with an unsuccessful induction attempt with additional factors. We welcomed another vaginal breech baby born at home without complication. Our largest baby weighed 10lb15oz and our smallest was 6lb 8oz. There were 23 girls and 17 boys. There were 3 waterbirths and a baby born in the back of an apprentice's mini-van. We appreciate all the families that allowed us the honor of assisting with their births!

12/28/16 - Baby Girl - 10lb 4oz

12/18/16 - Baby Girl - 8lb 10oz

12/14/16 - Baby Boy

12/7/16 - Baby Boy

11/10/16 - Baby Girl - 7lb 3oz

11/6/16  - Baby Girl - 7lb 12oz

11/02/16 - Baby Girl

10/29/16 - Baby Girl - 8lb 1oz

10/13/16 - Baby Boy - 7lb 4oz

09/30/16 - Baby Boy - 8lb 6oz

09/30/16- Baby Boy - 7lb 9oz

09/30/16 - Baby Girl - 10lb 5oz

09/21/16 - Baby Boy - 6lb 14oz

09/20/16 - Baby Boy - 6lb 13oz

09/19/16 - Baby Boy - 7lb 12oz

08/19/16 Baby Boy  - 6lb 8oz

08/15/16 Baby Boy - 7lb 0oz

08/03/16 Baby Girl - 8lb 3oz

08/01/16 Baby Boy - 9lb 5oz

07/26/16 Baby Girl - 6lb 12oz

07/24/16 Baby Girl - 8lb 3oz

07/20/16 Baby Boy - 7lb 9oz

07/12/16 Baby Boy - 8lb 0oz

07/10/16  Baby Boy - 9lb 0oz

07/07/16 Baby Girl - 7lb 14oz

07/02/16 Baby Girl - 8lb 1oz

06/23/16 Baby Boy

06/16/16 Baby Boy

06/09/16 Baby Boy - 8lb 3oz

06/06/16  Baby Girl - 7lb 1oz

04/15/16 Baby Girl - 10lb 0oz

04/11/16 Baby Girl - 8lb 1oz

03/22/16 Baby Girl - 8lb 4oz

03/18/16 Baby Boy - 7lb 11oz

02/16/16 Baby Girl 8lb 7oz

01/28 Baby Girl - 6lb 8oz

01/22 Baby Girl - 9lb 13oz

01/19 Baby Girl - 6lb 13oz

01/14 Baby Girl - 7lb 5oz

01/08 Baby Boy - 8lb 10oz

2015 Birth Statistics

Although it was a slow year, there was a lot of learning and growing within Breath of Life Midwifery. We were honored to assist 14 families with their births in 2015. We had 9 girls and 5 boys born. Amanda Bunn joined our team as an apprentice. Only 1 mother transferred before labor and 1 transferred in labor, our total transfer rate was 14%. There were 2 waterbirths, 1 VBAC, and 1 medically necessary cesarean. Our cesarean rate for the year was only 6.7%. Our largest baby of the year weighed 11lb 6oz and our smallest baby weighed 5lb 13oz. We had two unplanned vaginal breech births with excellent outcomes. Thank you to the families that partnered with us in 2015!

12/02  Baby Boy - 8lb 11oz - Salem, VA
11/19  Baby Girl - 6lb 110z - Roanoke, VA
10/15  Baby Girl - 7lb 11oz - Vinton, VA
10/09  Baby Girl - 11lb 6oz -Hillsville, VA
 09/17 Baby Boy - 5lb 15oz - Blacksburg, VA
09/15 Baby Girl - 5lb 13oz - Roanoke, VA
08/08 Baby Boy - 9lb 5oz - Roanoke, VA 
08/03 Baby Girl - 8lb 13oz - Bland, VA
08/02 Baby Boy - 7lb15oz - Salem, VA
07/10 Baby Girl - 8lb 2oz - Bedford, VA
06/25 Baby Boy - 8lb 5oz - Salem, VA
05/01 Baby Girl - 8lb 0oz - Roanoke, VA
03/07 Baby Girl - 7lb 3oz - Roanoke, VA
02/22 Baby Girl - 8lb 0oz - Salem, VA

2014 Birth Statistics

Breath of Life Midwifery proudly welcomed 29 babies into the world last year! We had 11 girls and 18 boys. The average baby weight was 7lb 14oz, with our smallest baby weighing in at 5lb6oz and our largest at 11lb0oz. 90% of the mothers that started labor at home, birthed at home. 5 VBAC babies were born, 4 at home. We attended 2 hospital born sets of twins, both were full term and healthy. We safely managed 3 severe shoulder dystocias, 1 postpartum hemorrhage, 2 persistent posterior presentations, and 7 nuchal cords. 2 amazingly strong mamas had unplanned cesareans, and both did skin to skin on the OR table. Our cesarean rate for the year was 6.9%. Our total transport rate was 13.8%. My students received more experience this year than some do in 5 years. THANK YOU to the families that chose us to serve them!

12/15  Baby Boy - 8lb 3oz - Roanoke, VA

12/05  Baby Boy - 8lb 14oz - Roanoke, VA

11/21  Baby Boy - 8lb 4oz - Roanoke, VA

10/25  Baby Boy - 7lb 3oz - Salem, VA

10/17  Baby Boy - 8lb 1oz - Salem, VA

09/10  Baby Boy - 6lb 15oz - Roanoke, VA

09/06  Baby Girl - 7lb 3oz - Christiansburg, VA

09/03  Baby Boy - 7lb 15oz - Bedford, VA

08/25  Baby Boy - 10 lb 12oz - Bedford, VA

08/22  Twin Baby Girls - 5lb11oz - Charlottesville, VA

07/28  Baby Boy - 7lb 0oz - Roanoke, VA

07/24  Baby Girl - 9lb 3oz - Princeton, WV

07/5  Baby Boy - 9lb 2oz - Blue Ridge, VA

06/09  Baby Boy - 7lb 7oz - Roanoke, VA

05/18  Baby Girl - 11lb 0oz - Hillsville, VA

05/11  Baby Boy - 7lb 6oz - Blacksburg, VA

05/10  Baby Boy - 5lb 6oz - Bluefield, VA

05/08  Baby Boy - 8lb 12oz - Roanoke, VA

05/08  Twin Baby Boy & Girl - 6lb 7oz & 5lb 10oz - Roanoke, VA

04/30  Baby Boy - 7lb 8oz - Christiansburg, VA

04/21  Baby Girl - 7lb 3oz - Roanoke, VA

03/29  Baby Boy - 7lb 3oz - Roanoke, VA

03/24  Baby Boy - 8lb 7oz - Buchanan, VA

03/23  Baby Girl - 9lb 8oz - Charlottesville, VA

02/08  Baby Girl - 8lb 14oz - Blacksburg, VA

01/27  Baby Girl - 7lb 14oz - Salem, VA

01/17  Baby Girl - 7lb 8oz - Vinton, VA


2013 Birth Statistics

Breath of Life Midwifery welcomed 20 babies into the world this year, 11 girls and 9 boys. Our largest baby was 9lb 12oz and was an HBA2C. Our smallest was 5lb 9oz. 

10/27/13 - Baby Girl - 

09/08/13 - Baby Girl - 5lb 9oz

08/13/13 - Baby Girl - 7lb 8oz 

07/27/13 - Baby Boy - 8lb 4oz

07/19/13 - Baby Girl - 8lb 2oz

06/13/13 - Baby Girl - 8lb 5oz

06/07/13 - Baby Boy - 

05/26/13 - Baby Girl - 7lb 11oz

05/15/13 - Baby Girl - 7lb 4oz

05/14/13 - Baby Boy - 8lb 2oz

05/01/13 - Baby Boy - 

04/20/13 - Baby Boy - 7lb 13oz

04/06/13 - Baby Girl - 7lb 0oz

03/25/13 - Baby Boy - 9lb 12oz

03/09/13 - Baby Girl - 9lb 1oz

02/21/13 - Baby Boy - 

02/21/13 - Baby Boy - 8lb 9oz

01/21/13 - Baby Girl - 8lb 1oz

01/19/13 - Baby Girl - 9lb 0oz

2012 Birth Statistics

We assisted 20 families in their births this year, 11 girls 9 boys. 9 babies were born to first time mothers. Our largest baby was 10lb 8oz and our smallest was 6lb 12 oz. There were 3 VBACs, including an HBA4C. Our cesarean rate was 5%. About 80% of the mothers that started labor at home, birthed at home without complication. We had the unique experience of being featured in a Roanoke Times documentary about homebirth. Thank you to all of the wonderful families we served in 2012!


Roanoke Times - No Place Like Home

12/17/12 - Baby Boy - 9lb 0oz

12/16/17 - Baby Girl - 7lb 8oz

12/2/12 - Baby Girl - 7lb 14oz

11/29/12 - Baby Boy - 7lb 0oz

11/25/12 - Baby Boy - 7lb 8oz

11/18/12 - Baby Boy - 8lb 0oz

10/27/12 - Baby Girl - 7lb 12oz

10/17/12 - Baby Girl - 8lb 5oz

10/08/12 - Baby Boy - 6lb 13oz

9/18/12 - Baby Girl - 8lb 7oz

09/18/12 - Baby Boy - 7lb 12oz

8/30/12 - Baby Boy - 10lb 8oz

8/19/12 - Baby Girl - 7lb 10oz

7/29/12 - Baby Boy - 6lb 12oz

06/26/12 - Baby Girl - 7lb 8oz

4/26/12 - Baby Girl - 8lb 7oz

3/30/12 - Baby Boy 8lb 8oz

3/30/12 - Baby Girl - 8lb 14oz

3/1/12 - Baby Girl - 

1/10/12 - Baby Girl - 9lb 15oz