We first discovered Claudia's work when we were living In New Zealand. Agustin and I found out we were pregnant and had no doubt we wanted to have a home birth. I spoke with Claudia through Email and she was thrilled to have us coming back to the island via New Zealand. She herself had once lived and loved in the beautiful green, hot spring land of Aotearoa.
Three months into the pregnancy, we arrived back on the island of Kauai and met with Claudia at her birthing center just a few days after our arrival. I was so comfortable with her and felt an immediate sense of ohana right away. I come from a pretty wild, open and free family, so Claudia fit every fantasy of the perfect midwife possible. I could share it all with her and she totally got it and never really seemed surprised by anything. I always loved that about her. She represented the ultimate Queen in my eyes.
|Photo by: Alissa Anderson|
|Photo by: Tracy Conti McCarty|
|Birthing trunk packed with coconuts for the labor, birth and after birth celebration!|
|The Beautiful ulu tree outside our window|
|Mid day in the midst of it all. Embracing, embracing, embracing.|
|Naia Atia Kumara~ October 2, 2010, 11:10 pm, 7 lbs 3oz|
|Rachel, Claudia and I support Agustin as he sheds tears of joy!!|
|A baby girl!|
|The sacred flame|
|Angels watching over|
|Agustin decided to cut his bangs to be silly the day before Naia was born. He said he wanted to teach her to not take life too seriously.|
|Another angel, Claudia Brown|
|Rachel and Danielle, my rainbow birthing team!|
|One month old|
|The Incredible team of midwifes at Home Birth Kauai, Sharon, Nicolette, Coleen & Claudia.|
and a birthday message from Naia Atia.