7 Unconventional Birth and Business Lessons From A New Mom

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I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest family member: our daughter Tegan Li, who was born on March 15th, 2016.

I’ve been meaning to share the whole experience of becoming a mom with you, and the business lessons that came out of the whole experience… But I’ve also been learning the ins and outs of motherhood, and enjoying some maternity leave with plenty of baby snuggles.

So here’s what I learned, and how it relates to doing business online

1. Interviews Matter: Find Out If You’re Compatible

We had a very healthy pregnancy, and after doing a lot of research we chose to have a home birth. In the process of making this decision, we also visited birthing centers and looked into more conventional hospital options. (If you’re curious about the different birth options, I highly recommend watching “The Business Of Being Born” and “More Business Of Being Born” documentaries, both available on Netflix.)

We conducted an interview with the various people who could have been on our “birth team”, and went with a local midwife with a lot of experience and the stats to back it up.

In the end this was the best choice for us, but I fully understand that home birth with a midwife is not right for everyone. The care that we received throughout our pregnancy, during the birth, and following the birth has been top notch and really helped make the transition smoother for all of us.

The Takeaway: Don’t settle on the first option, job candidate, or coach that comes your way… Do your due diligence, interview and ask the tough questions, and make the right call for your particular circumstances or business.

2. Just Because It’s Not How Everyone Else Does It, Doesn’t Mean It’s Wrong

Choosing to have a home birth brought a lot of resistance from our parents, family members, and anyone who heard us mention that we weren’t giving birth in a hospital.

We had to field a lot of questions about how safe or dangerous it was going to be (even though we were only 15 minutes away from the closest hospital if we did have to transfer)… but I also knew that my grandmother had given birth to all of her children at home, including a set of twins.

I faced a similar resistance from my parents and peers when I started my business. The same logic about how “risky” and “dangerous” it was to start a business kept being brought up, but today entrepreneurship is cool and even idolized.

I’m not saying that home birth is going to become the cool thing to do like starting a business has, but I am seeing a lot more women choosing to birth without as many interventions as most hospitals routinely give.

The Takeaway: Not everyone is going to like your decisions, and as long as you feel confident in your choices, listen to your instincts. Often, some of my best ideas are met with resistance, until they’re proven successful (like selling WebinarAlly for just a one-time fee of $27 when other webinar hosting platforms range from $99/month to $400 per year!).

Our birth story

Photo credit: Snapberry Photographs

3. Mindset Matters: The Birth Story

A personal reason why I wasn’t keen to give birth in a hospital comes from my mother’s experience. She was a few days past her “due date” and went to the hospital to get induced. The doctor thought she wasn’t progressing fast enough, so he used a sharp instrument to break her water… only to break the surface of the skin on my cheek.

My mom was appalled, but the doctor assured her this was routine and that the mark on my face would be gone in a few days. Over 30 years later, and it’s still there. But the real danger would have been if my eye was where my cheek was, instead!

This kind of “routine medical intervention” to induce birth didn’t feel appropriate or necessary to me, so we chose to let the baby decide when it wanted to arrive.

Tegan arrived 2 weeks past my “due date”, and the birth itself was relatively fast and smooth. We were encouraged by our midwife to go on a date and stop worrying about when the baby would arrive, and shortly after I started having mild contractions.

I had these gentle contractions for two days, and at first I couldn’t tell if it was a contraction or not because it wasn’t painful – it just felt like my stomach was tightening or like the baby was moving around a lot.

Finally, the timing of the contractions was getting more regular… So we contacted our midwife around 4pm and she recommended I start doing some lunges and hip circles on a yoga ball to help the contractions intensify.

That got things going, and by 9pm I was in active labor. By 10pm we had moved into our bathtub, and around 11pm my water broke and I started getting the urge to really push. Tegan was born just after midnight. We got to bond with the baby in bed while the midwives helped clean up and then checked all our vitals.

We slept all snuggled up in our bed, and I knew everything would be different from now on!

Although at the time it didn’t feel like the birth was happening quickly, looking back it definitely was a fast process.

I credit a lot of my “good birth experience” to the mindset I developed, and the positive birth attitude I cultivated.

A lot of our associations with birth are that it’s painful, dangerous, and just plain scary. Luckily, last summer before I even knew I was expecting, I picked up the book “Birth Without Fear” from the library… and while it was written a long time ago, it helped plant the seed that birth and pain didn’t have to go hand in hand.

I was also inspired to sign up for Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s “Pain To Power Childbirth” online program. Birth is an “in your body” experience as opposed to being a logical “in your head” thing, and I feel like this program really helps to ground women into their bodies and birth experience, gently over time.

Each week was like getting a new understanding of what birth is really about, and how to work with your body’s natural cues rather than against them.

Also the lovely ladies at Calm Birth School let me take a peek at their course.

Between all of this positive mindset training, I was able to stay in the moment even when things felt overwhelming or when I was getting tired from pushing. That made a huge difference!

The Takeaway: Learn from people who have had the type of experience that you want to have, whether that’s a positive birth experience, putting on a successful live event, or doing a launch.

4. Practice Consistently For The Big Event

One of the things I remember thinking while I was in our bathtub pushing out this small baby with a big head… is that I wish I had done more squats!

Although I did some prenatal yoga, and we took walks almost daily during my pregnancy to keep active… I still felt like my leg muscles could have been better prepared.

When I look at other cultures, where toilets are just a hole in the ground or require you to squat low, it makes me realize how important squatting really is to us as human beings. It helps us bear down when we’re giving birth, and keeps us looking fine, too!

In term of business, I can definitely see practicing your craft as a key to success. When I give a 45 minute keynote presentation or webinar, I usually practice for at least 5–10 hours… not counting the time spent crafting the talk itself.

For other types of activities, like writing marketing copy or coaching a client: it gets better the more you do it.

The Takeaway: Don’t think you can just “wing it” when you get there. Practice and preparation make a huge difference in your delivery. (Pun intended!)

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Photo credit: Snapberry Photographs

5. Ride The Waves: Push and Pause for Pleasure

One of my big takeaways from becoming a “birth geek” and learning about the hormones that are present during the birthing process was that the body naturally produces Oxytocin, which is often called the love hormone. (Pitocin is the manufactured version of Oxytocin that’s often used to induce labor, but it doesn’t have the same feel-good effects as your body’s natural Oxytocin.)

The best way to tap into the power of your body’s natural pain reliever (Oxytocin) is to stay in a relaxed state, and not get caught in the fight or flight adrenaline cycle.

For me, that meant having some of my favorite music playing in the background, dimming the lights, and having lots of privacy. In fact, for about 80% of my labor it was just me and my husband, while our midwives were in the next room listening and timing contractions.

This level of privacy allowed me to just do my thing, and not worry about what I sounded like (a cow mooing?) or what I looked like (pretty sweaty!).

My best pushes came when I was able to be fully zen during the pauses between contractions. Sometimes I got so relaxed and tapped into that “Oxytocin love feeling” that I almost forgot about what was coming next or what just happened.

I think this kind of push and pause for pleasure is important in business, too.

Whether you look at it on a weekly level: working hard for 5 days and taking 2 days off on the week-ends to rejuvenate and have fun. Or you look at it on a larger scale, for big projects or launches having more of a “push” focus and then taking time to coast between marketing campaigns.

The Takeaway: Allow yourself to enjoy the down time between pushes – whether they’re marketing or physical rest phases.

6. Feel The Inevitability Of What You’re Creating

During my labor, I soundly remember thinking that there was no way out, but to get through it.

In many aspects of life and business there are a lot of exit strategies or “ways out” of doing something. For example, if you decide that you don’t want to record videos for your marketing, you can stop. Or, if you’re in school studying a particular topic and you find that you’d rather study something else, you can always change majors.

But when you’ve made a baby, and carried it for 9+ months… you can’t change your mind, it has to come out! (This might sound obvious, but it really hits you when you’re laboring!)

There were certainly times when I felt like I was too tired to keep going. I would have liked to take a break, maybe continue the next day after I slept or ate something… but when it’s time, you just follow your body’s lead.

In business, there haven’t been many times where I felt like this “inevitable” force of creation coming through. But every time I have, it has helped me to keep going when I felt like giving up.

Some of the times where I’ve felt that inevitable creative energy in my business have been when I set deadlines for myself that involved other people and kept me accountable. The big ones are hosting live events, webinars, retreats, and pre-selling a product and then delivering it on time.

The Takeaway: Deadlines make your work feel like an inevitable creative force is carrying you forward… and sometimes you’d rather take a nap, but you don’t have much of a choice when you’re giving birth or birthing a new part of your business.

7. Trust That You Can Do It

During my pregnancy, I had doubts about my ability to birth this baby au natural. It didn’t help that most TV shows and people you talk to make birth look and sound like the worst pain imaginable.

But taking a logical look at mother nature, and the millions of babies born across all the different species of animals in the world helped to ease those doubts.

One of my favorite quotes to help me trust my body is from Ina May Gaskin:

“We are the only species of mammal that doubts our ability to give birth. It’s profitable to scare women about birth. But let’s stop it. I tell women: Your body is not a lemon.”

What this meant for me was to remember that if I was able to conceive this baby, and nurture it for months, then surely my body would know how to successfully bring it out into the world, too.

The idea that my body is “not a lemon” meant that it has everything it needs, and there’s no manufacturing defect like with a “lemon” car.

In business, you also have to trust that you have everything you need to accomplish what you set out to do. Sometimes you don’t know “how” you’ll get it all done, but trusting that you can figure it out as you approach each hurdle is key.

I can’t count the times that I’ve sought to do something that might have seemed crazy or impossible, but by rallying the right people and trusting in the vision… we made it happen.

The Takeaway: Trust that you have what it takes to make it all happen. Whether you’re afraid you won’t reach your income goals, or you don’t know how you’ll deliver on a complex project… you can do it if you remember that you’re not “less than” anyone else and you were designed to handle this, too.

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Birth and Business Lessons: That’s Just The Beginning…

Now that Tegan is here with us, I’m learning so much about being a parent and it’s clear that birth is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to “lessons learned”.

I’d love to hear your birth story… whether it’s the birth of a child or a business, project, or other venture. Leave a comment below and share one of your big “ah has” around birthing something from your experience!


  1. Diana Oliveira e Silva on April 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Congratulations!! There is nothing like holding your baby, in all the world. I’m expecting my second child and preparing myself to launch a website on Mother’s Day . In fact since I was mother realized how much a a digital ” Help” can save us in the most difficult moments . So I can not wait to have the site up and PopupAlly to distribute my ebook for all mothers . Once again congratulations for the baby and for your work as a digital entrepreneur, you are an inspiration

  2. Sarah Greesonbach on April 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Nathalie, it’s like you’re in my head! Thank you so much for sharing this experience. I’ve actually been in counseling for a few months around these topics and this fear of giving birth — your book recommendations are exactly what I’ve been looking for. Isn’t this a crazy interesting problem? We can do so many things, but then the most natural thing in the world seems horrifyingly impossible. Bravo on your successful experience!

  3. Jeanique on April 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Beautiful family! Welcome to earth Tegan Li

  4. LaTisha on April 27, 2016 at 10:50 am

    These are all great lessons. (And I’m loving the pic right before 5, adorable!)
    Learning to pause is one that I’m learning.
    I’m in the middle of a launch and at first I wanted to plan everything out and create it all beforehand but I decided to just put a few items on my launch to-do list each day and I’m enjoying the carefully thought out process instead. The entire launch is stretched out over a longer period but I’m feeling really good about what I’m creating because I’m taking more time to make it really good.

  5. Shari Lynne on April 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Awww such a beautiful family Nathalie! I had 2 home births after bad experiences with Drs and procedures with the first few. Yay for you and your husband…great choice!

  6. Susan Fuller on April 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Congratulations on your new little one, Nathalie – and congratulations on having the beautiful birth that you dreamed of. It’s so refreshing to hear of young women today choosing to home birth – kudos to you for looking into all the options and picking the one best for you, regardless of judgment from others. I’ve had two home births myself (and three water births, and many hospital births) and they are all lovely and special in their own right, but the home birth memories are the best. I wish you all the best as you start the magical parenthood journey!

  7. Levantay on April 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Natalie thank you for sharing your wonderful birth story. It’s so very true that when we decide to use our gifts in the world it’s very much like a birthing process. I had an aha moment when you said you were at that point where you had no choice but to get through it. I’ve been toiling for so long trying to build this business and sometimes I feel like turning back but I can’t I’m in too deep so today I decided to pause and relax because this phase is just as important as the push. Congrats to you and hubby. May your little Princess be tremendously blessed. I’ll book mark this page for when we get ready to take that step. xo

  8. Jill on April 27, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Congratulations!! She is beautiful.
    I contemplated giving birth at home for my son (3months) but in the end, we decided the conventional hospital is what felt best. Although the idea of sleeping in my own bed right after sounds so nice!

  9. Lucy Parsons on April 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Birth Without Fear is an amazing book – I loved it. It didn’t help me avoid two emergency c-sections but I’m glad it worked for you. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!

  10. Claire Hayes on April 27, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I love everything about this piece. Congratulations! xClaire

  11. Alicia Kent on April 27, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Beautifully written!
    Birth stories always make me a bit teary ;-)
    Giving birth is one of the most amazing, powerful and beautiful things we will do as women. My babies are 22 and 25 but I still remember what amazing days those were…bringing new life into the world. I had totally natural births both times, which 25 years ago wasn’t the norm at all…and did much of my laboring on the beach here on Vancouver Island. My son was born in Aug during the Perseids meteor shower….and his labor was long….so I remember spending much of that night on the beach watching the Perseids….so magical. My daughter born 3 years later made her entrance much quicker…and their birth stories are much like their personalities…she is a very powerful no nonsense young woman who always just takes action when she wants something….my son really takes his time in life. Congratulations to you all on this amazing new journey in your life!

  12. Caroline Domanska on April 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I’m giving birth in 3 weeks or so and having been prepping exactly like you Natalie, so glad to see all your positive prep worked well for you on the big day! I trust in me, my body and my baby, and my partner to crate the same :-) Congratulations.

  13. Patrick Strange on April 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Wow, thank you for your wonderful story and all the great resources you quoted. As you know Karen Strange teaches out of the hospital setting birth attendance, midwives, doulas, nurses doctors. We are so happy that you are promoting births outside the hospital.

  14. Cassie on April 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Nathalie and Robin and Tegan! Many many congrats! Such a lovely story. Thank you for sharing.

    I’m in the push phase of my business and it’s a good reminder that it doesn’t last forever.

    And has me thinking about babies too!


  15. Erin Hook Kelly on April 27, 2016 at 11:26 am

    It coooould be that I’m at 33 weeks now, and coming off of a product launch as well…but this post made me smile AND cry. Darn pregnancy hormones. :) I love all of the takeaways that you shared, both for birth and business.

    Congrats on Tegan, she’s absolutely beautiful. And I look forward to learning more from you as you explore being a parent about 60 days ahead of my own journey!!

  16. Ida on April 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Congratulations from Toronto! Wishing you all well (and as few sleepless nights as possible). What a beautifully written post — so insightful. Thanks for sharing. You have wisdom beyond your years.

  17. Nelda McEwen on April 27, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This is brilliant. I love it when parents and especially moms do the research and tune into the heart to know what path feels right for them and their baby.There is no right way, but there is the rightness of ‘your way’. Well done!
    I am going to share this a lot with my ‘health’ conscious network. I’ve read lots of great blogs about babies and birth plans… but girl, you are a meticulous researcher, no matter what you are birthing. Best wishes to you and your family.

  18. Debra Pascali-Bonaro on April 27, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations Nathalie. Tegan is beautiful!! – as is your story of claiming your power and birthing in the way that best met yours and your families needs. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I always say we birth the way we live and your blog really shows how our strategies for life and business helps us prepare for a pleasurable birth too!

    Wishing you a gentle transition and much pleasure in the many lessons ahead that parenting opens our heart too.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. RonaLynn Fitzpatrick on April 27, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Lovely Nathalie,

    How wonderful that you shared your experience and the insights you learned during your birthing journey. The road ahead continues to be amazing. My babies are in their thirties and I now have grandchildren who remind me of the remarkable life process.

    For me it has all been about the creative process, evolving and dissolving, an entropy flow that continues to move me further up life’s spiral.

    I wish you and your family happiness and ease throughout your journey.

  20. Kim Sutton on April 27, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing! I LOVE the parallels that you find between building a business and birthing. As a mom of five (including twins) all I could do was nod and think “How true!” Much love to you and your family.

  21. Edith Pont on April 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations. Tegan is beautiful.

  22. Joan Marjorie Newcomb on April 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Great article! I had both my kids at home, the real ‘normal’ place to have ’em (hospitals are for sick people)!

    Having a home office is the real ‘normal’ place for my business, too!

    I’ve loved following your evolution over the last several years, Nathalie!

    Many blessings to you & your family!

  23. Olga on April 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Congrats Natalie!! I can soo relate to your birth story. I had an unmedicated birth too and an amazing experience with it. Thank you for sharing your lessons!!

  24. Monique on April 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I have been following you and your work for years Nathalie, seeing how it has all been growing so beautifully.
    I was a home birth midwife in the States and now I am a registered midwife in Ontario.
    I am so glad you empowered yourself to have a right of passage the would be extremely fulfilling.
    From my own birth experiences I know what you learned about your Powerful Self will only be expanded upon from here on out.
    I send you all sorts of Blessings for you and your precious family.
    For your next birth, check out my video; Birthing Peace (at Amazon ). There are two water births, the second one attended by her sibling.

  25. Caroline Edwards on April 27, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Congratulations and well done for overcoming baby brain to be able to put together this insightful piece. Love the business parallels and the photos.

  26. Susan M Parker on April 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    That was beautiful, and reminded me of the at home birth of my second child 32 years ago! My first was a cesarean in a hospital with full intervention but I still longed for the experience of a real birth. A book published at the time helped me get past the doctor’s insistence on another surgical birth along with a wonderful midwife and birth coach who helped pave the way in my mind. It was wonderful and that little boy is now is expecting his second child! Life truly is amazing. —And thank you for the comparisons to business. I had a lot of trouble getting both my children born; miscarriages, ectopic pregnancy and anxiety about if I even wanted to take on parenting, but I pushed through and in the end and my life is so wonderful because I did. I struggle with my business but it is at the point if I just push through, like with the kids, it will find its strong legs and be fully born. Lovely post, thank you.

  27. Marta on April 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Nathalie, Tegan is gorgeous! And you look so happy! Congratulations!
    I’m so happy to hear you gave birth at home. We were going to, but unfortunately my waters broke too early and I only had strong contractions at night: they weren’t strong enough during daytime, plus I had trouble dilating and food wouldn’t stay in my stomach. Acupuncture and bathtub weren’t helping enough either. So after… 4 days (!) after breaking waters I had to accept I was too exhausted to keep going so we transferred to the hospital (where my gynecologist, that knew I wanted a natural birth made me wait 6 more hours to give the baby time to finish rotating).

    I totally agree with your points. I was lucky our family and inner circle supported our decision, but they were pretty anxious to see that the waters were broken and the baby wasn’t coming yet (had I known it’d take so long, I wouldn’t have told anyone but the midwives!)

    But I had prepared a lot for the birth and I felt mentally strong and had no fears. And my midwives team was great and they were checking that both the baby and I were fine, they knew what they were doing and respected my decisions all the time.

    I didn’t have the birth of my dreams but it was definitely what I chose given the situation, and I cherish all four pre-birth days.

    And it’s beautiful to share it precisely today, as we celebrate my Edna is 6 months old today.

  28. Elma Mayer on April 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Beautiful! I’m still a sucker for birth stories, even though my babies are taller than I am now.
    Love your birth/biz analogies – very wise and true.

  29. Mel on April 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Nathalie- congratulations to the three of you! This was the best birth story with so much great advice weaved throughout. Yes birthing is just the beginning of the ‘marathon of parenting’ but it seems you approached it consciously and in a heart-centered way. Much like your business I guess. Sending loving kindness to you all!

  30. Naomi Niles on April 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Every day my admiration for you increases. You two are amazing, beautiful people. And Tegan is just OMG beautiful too!!

    Thanks for sharing, Nathalie. :)

  31. Mihaela on April 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Sooooo Beautiful!

  32. Shannon on April 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    What a little doll!!! Congratulations on your beautiful birth. Take good care of yourself new mama! (No more than ever!)

  33. Priscilla Rolvers on April 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I loooove it that you shared your birth story. Not only a little girl was born, also new parents where born. Congrats with Tegan.
    With lots of love, Priscilla ‘had 3 waterbirths at home’ Rolvers ;-)

  34. Sarah on April 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I love the photos- especially the one of the entire family. Such a tender moment! Thank you for sharing all that you do about business and Robin’s quick replies when I am stuck.
    Your products and tutorials are amazing and the best!

  35. Karin on April 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    She’s a beautiful baby. Isn’t amazing how much you learn so quickly after giving birth. Your story is wonderful & I admire your choices. Me? Four c-section births complete with epidurals and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. That’s Lesson 2 speaking. And the unwritten Lesson 8 “Skip the guilt and focus on your own dreams”!

  36. Emily Sullivan on April 27, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    So so beautiful and inspiring to read Nathalie! Love hearing it all from your perspective and getting a little peak into your birthing adventure. I love that you said birth is a body thing. Not something you do in your head. We really do get so in our own way in life when we try to figure it all out rather than go with the rhythm of creation and let our bodies guide us. So glad you had a chance to write this and sending you and your family lots of love!!!

  37. Sasha on April 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story Nathalie, your powerful takeaways, and the gorgeous baby photos. So happy for you, Robin, and baby Tegan.

  38. Sherold Barr on April 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Nathalie what a great story and the photos are gorgeous. Congratulations for using a midwife and doing a home birth. Ina Mae Gassen is a shero for women for sure. Thank you for sharing your story and letting us in on this special time in your life. xo

  39. Marlene on April 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Congratulations to you and your husband! Your daughter is beautiful and her name is lovely. I do believe that you have to trust your instincts and your birth and business stories are admirable.

  40. Maite on April 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations to you and your growing family! I love reading about your story and from another mom, I love the analogy. Thank you for sharing this and all your wisdom about running an online business to us.

  41. Arlie Peyton on April 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats! This is so awesome. Way to tie in business ideation with your recent family event. ;) I wish you the best. It couldn’t have happened to nicer people.

  42. Lana Shlafer on April 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Congratulations on an empowered homebirth Nathalie! You may have heard of our twin home birth story where our twins were born 33 hours a apart – I took away many of the same lessons you share!

    (Here is the link to the full birth journey if you’re interested: http://www.lanashlafer.com/twin-homebirth-33hours)

    And now I’m pregnant with our third and I’m excited to have an even more pleasurable and orgasmic birth!

  43. Shawn Denise Cunningham on April 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Congratulations Nathalie! Your baby is absolutely adorable! I loved your post too! Thank you for sharing!

  44. Sairah Pettes on April 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    What a remarkable story. You actually put my soul at ease knowing you did a home delivery. I’ve always considered going that route (when I decided it was time to start a family), but naturally got a lot of push back. I will certainly reflect and review the resources you suggested. You are going to be a wonderful mother XO

  45. Carrie on April 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I love this so much! CONGRATS on your beautiful baby girl!

    I had a hospital birth with one and a birthing center birth with the second. I love that you had a home birth.

  46. Rachel on April 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Huge congrats guys!! Wow, I absolutely loved this post! Thank-you! As a future mama in business there are so many amazing take-always!! Thank-you so much lovely… Enjoy your special family time xox

  47. Carol Prendergast on April 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Nathalie
    Congrats to you and Robin for you beautiful baby girl. My yoga teacher does pre and post pregnancy classes, many womyn have quick and much easier births, of course it depends on each woman, home births are more natural, good choice, and everyone lived happily ever after !

  48. Jeda on April 27, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Welcome to the world Tegan!!! And congratulations to you both too!

    The first cuddle, those first few nights, every inch of them – incredible in the true sense of the word.

    I’ve often thought about how being a mother relates to having a business and it’s so generous of you to share you birth story with us all.

    Becoming a mother actually inspired my decision to start my first business…

    I had two very different pregnancies and labours. Here in the UK home birth is less controversial and we have more midwife-led birth units / wards. I was determined to have a water birth with my first and made it most of the way through my labour in the birthing pool. I was very prepared and even had condensed my birth plan into two sides of A4 which I laminated!!

    It actually came in useful, because I’d thought about as many “what ifs” as possible and made some decisions on the courses of action I’d prefer, which really helped when I had to come out of the birth pool and have some pain relief – my daughter was back to back for 23hrs and the back pain became too much, as I’d only had 1hr sleep before labour started.

    My son was 9 weeks premature, but he was almost 12 weeks early, so I had a miserable 3 weeks in hospital before he was born. I tried to discharge myself at the end of week two, as I was going stir crazy, but they said I had to be within 10minutes of the operating theatre. I was very upset at having to have a c-section, but then he decided he was ready to see the world and came flying out in just 2 hours!! I was too far gone to have a c-section in the end, as my body had done half of its labour during a 40min contraction which I fainted during.

    Then afterwards I was put on one of the drips given to induce labour because I was losing too much blood, so I had 4hrs of contractions after giving birth! My son was fine and only needed 4 weeks in the neonatal unit. But I can’t tell you the agony at returning home without him every night during that month.

    All of this taught me so much (and so much since too), but I think the main thing is: be as prepared as you can, try and do what’s right for you, but be open to other possibilities because you never really know how it’s going to work out.

    Sending you lots of restful, joyful wishes. xxx

  49. Catharine Hay on April 27, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Tegan is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to you and your husband. Children are precious. I was lucky enough to see one of my granddaughters when she was being born and got to hold her when she was only a couple of minutes old. One of the highlights of my life. Really good article and very insightful. Now that my children and even some of my grandchildren are grown, I am ready to “birth” a movement to empower women worldwide.

  50. Maggie on April 27, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    So so so happy for you and that you and your baby girl had a positive birth experience! What a wonderful introduction to the world for her :) My birth last June was wonderful too. We had similar education, sounds like! I did give birth in the hospital but only because my OB was so amazing I didn’t want to give birth with anyone else. My birth story is here: bit.ly/MWHBirthStory

  51. Jennifer on April 28, 2016 at 1:21 am

    What a lovely birth story and a fantastic experience for you and your family!! I was thrilled to read this article and just wanted to say, again, congratulations!!

  52. Marlies Cohen on April 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for sharing. 38 years ago when I had my twins in an Israeli hospital, the midwife delivered the babies and the doctor assisted. Being pregnant was not looked at as sickness. Probably due to the fact that this one hospital delivered 500 babies a month.

  53. Laura Keegan on April 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Congratulations Nathalie and Rob! Beautiful birth story. I birthed my four babies at home and love your story and how you openly share your experiences in a way that educates and empowers people to make the best choices for themselves. All who know you are blessed.

  54. Amanda on April 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! I also had chose a home birth and learned many of the same lessons have also been applicable in my business. Thank you for sharing such a positive birth story! Blessings to you all and enjoy this time. It goes by sooooo fast.

  55. Jessica Scheer on April 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Congrats Nath! So exciting to read about your birth and really cool to see all the ‘homework’ you did in preparation. Tegan is a lucky girl! Sending you guys lots of love ?

  56. Catherine Bazin on April 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I can feel the vibe in between your words! Amazing post! Amazing posture! Full of these good hormones!
    Thank you ! Thank you !

  57. Anna on May 2, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Totally impressed with your conscious decision making Natalie (and Robin!).

  58. Otir on May 2, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Congratulations! Long life to Tegan, she is beautiful and thank you so much for sharing those beautiful lessons.

    I, too, gave birth twice in the most natural way and agree with you so much, that trusting our bodies is a wonderful way to reclaim our power.

    I wish giving birth to my business was as easy! :-)

  59. Erick Oliveira on May 6, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Welcome Tegan Li!

  60. Wild Nettle on May 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Congratulations :)

  61. Caroline Jones on May 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Such a beautiful way to share your story and help us remember that we’ve got everything we need already inside.
    Thanks Nathalie and Congratulations to you and Robin!

  62. Allison on June 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Awww, this is great. Thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations. :-)