Painful but beautiful: one local mom shares her low intervention birth experience

(Fargo, ND) -- Giving birth is one of the most beautiful things a woman can do. Local mom Trista Curry can attest to this, "first you think you're ready. You're like, 'yeah I can do this. I've had three babies before,' and then it gets bad. You're thinking, 'why am I doing this?' And then everything happens and babies come out and everything's just so surreal and then once again you're like, eh, it wasn't that bad."

On February 18th, Trista brought two new lives into the world. But, she wanted to keep her birth experience as natural as possible. Even with twins, Trista wanted a low intervention birth.

"For a long time here, it's been you come in and you can get something for pain. Giving like an IV medication for pain or have a procedure for an epidural to give that pain relief," says Sanford OB/GYN Dr. Jed Perkerewicz.

However, Trista wanted none of it.

"I wanted to make it not seem like this is a huge medical proce dure. I wanted like, my bodies naturally meant to do this and it doesn't have to be hysterical people running in crazy like, 'oh my gosh! A babies being born.' I wanted it to be like, calm," says Trista.

But, it's hard to face the pain of contractions. With low intervention birthing, strategies like walking, sitting on a birthing ball and taking a bath are options to try and ease the pain. This is where Trista's Midwife Kelsey came in to help.

"We are there a lot of the time as labor coaches. We make those relationships with women so that we know what they're wanting. What they're picturing for their labor experience and then we're able to advocate for that in the labor room," says Sanford Certified Nurse Midwife Kelsey O'Harris.

With low intervention birthing, it's also important to have a birthing plan. While this includes things like no epidurals, medications and such... it also entails what happens after the babies are born. One thing at the top of Trista's list, making sure she was the first to hold her babies.

"A big thing for me is I wanted skin to skin right away. Just holding them for that first moment is like... it's just really a crazy feeling and there was two of them. I saw them in the ultra sound, felt them move and everything and when they were both in my arms I was like..." Trista said with wide eyes.

Trista says that if more babies are on the way, she won't hesitate to do this all over again.

Dr. Perkerewicz says that if women begin with a low intervention plan but decide they need help with the pain, they can still do that.