Tender Beginnings Birth Stories

Reid’s Birth Story: Doula Client

On 2/19/20, at 4:30 AM I started noticing multiple contractions and was SO excited! I prayed that this was the real deal & that I would meet my baby so soon. By 5:30 AM I started timing contractions – 10 … Continue reading

What a birth date 2-20-2020!!

2.19.20 I woke up that morning and went to brunch with Some friends atRestoration Hardware, then I was treated to a pedicure. I thought I had amidwife apt the next day so when I got home I vacuumed my floors … Continue reading

COVID-19 has Women Rushing to Change Their Birth Plan and Deliver at Home.

The COVID-19 has women rushing to have a home birth in fear that in the hospitals they will not be ALLOWED to their support person. Even fathers are being excluded from the birth of their child in many hospitals. News … Continue reading

“An incredibly beautiful, sacred experience”

I was 41 weeks pregnant with zero sign that labor was on its way. I was getting a little worried but anytime I started to panic, I called MaryAnne and Becca and they “talked me off the ledge” and helped … Continue reading

The birth of Hannah Belle Anne

July 29, Monday night We lay in bed and I struggled to fall asleep for the first time. Felt my first REAL pressure wave at 10 p.m, immediately followed by a pop feeling. I got up to use the restroom … Continue reading

The birth of a first time mom,

Every time I look at his tiny hands, feet, and sweet little face – I still can’t believe that he is our baby and that he is really here! His birth was such a painful but beautiful process. I would … Continue reading

Birth of Daniel Elijah

We moved from Arkansas where I birthed my first two babies at home with the same midwife.  We loved her.  Before too long we moved to Tennessee and I got pregnant conceived. I miscarried before it was time to find … Continue reading

A Beautiful, tasteful video of birth.

Becca Hightower who has recently taken on Midwifery duties with Tender Beginnings (after 7 years as an assistant) is depicted in this video at her first solo birth offering compassionate care and springing into action.  Of course she had a … Continue reading

Hunter Daniel’s birth story. It was January 15th at 8:53 am that I met my first born son.

Hunter Daniel’s birth story.   It was January 15th at 8:53 am that I met my first born son. Leading up to that day, that moment, I feel that the last several years of research, learning, and decisions all came together. … Continue reading

My third birth. But my first Home Birth and the BEST one ever!

When we got pregnant this last time I knew I wanted a home birth. I had two previous deliveries in the hospital, neither were horrific nor were they what I wanted for my deliveries. I didn’t want drugs, but gave … Continue reading

Sweet Bastille Murphy

Birth story: Sweet Bastille Murphy When we found out we were pregnant, we were filled with all sorts of emotions, from joy to fear and everything in between! First of all, how to handle the pregnancy and birth as naturally … Continue reading

The cutest thing ever. A birth story from a 10 year old brother.

Please see below the handwritten story of this 10 year old boy.  This is his perception of his sister’s birth.

The Birth of June, God’s gracious gift!

Let’s just say that having a home birth was everything I hoped it would be.  This was my third pregnancy and had the other two in two different hospitals.  My first child I had at a hospital that was not … Continue reading

Gabriel Lyle Peiffer – A Feisty, Fiery Birth!

Gabriel Lyle Peiffer – A Feisty, Fiery Birth! My husband and I got married September 29th, 2012 and by the end of October I began questioning whether I was pregnant.  I drink tea daily and when I suddenly lost taste … Continue reading

Violet Audrey Bluebird’s Birth Story

Violet Audrey Bluebird’s Birth Story. I discovered I was pregnant in mid-January of 2013, the day after my husband had accepted a promising new job. We were unbelievably excited. Following a tough year for our family, 2013 was looking so … Continue reading

Our Beautiful Birth Story

It was the middle of January when we found out we were pregnant.   Like most expecting parents, we started looking for an OBGYN right away.   We found one, like most, yet we couldn’t help but feel like we were cheated … Continue reading

Video Theodore’s wonderful birth

Please click on the title line above. (next to the flower) Then when you are on the next page click on the link and it will direct you to a  video of one of our clients. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5G7UXwJqwY

Video, The birth of Rosalie June

Please click on the title line above. (next to the flower) Then when you are on the next page click on the link and it will direct you to a  video of one of our clients. http://vimeo.com/65986104

Waylon Nash’s day of birth

On Tuesday morning, January 8th, I woke up and thought,”You know what? I’m going to lay in bed and read all day today. I’m over 9 months preggers; I have that right!”   And so I did. I laid in … Continue reading

Video Lots of Love for baby

Please click on the title line above. (next to the flower) Then when you are on the next page click on the link and it will direct you to a “You Tube” video of one of our clients. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQIOcyGCpDA

Meara Mae’s Home Birth

Meara Mae’s Home Birth It’s a familiar scene…standing in the bathroom looking down at the counter where a plastic stick is sitting with two pink lines. We’re pregnant! Excitement and nervousness are only two of the many emotions we felt … Continue reading

Video “The birth of Baby Cole”

Please click on the title line above. (next to the flower) Then when you are on the next page click on the link and it will direct you to a “You Tube” video of one of our clients. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3__yrkbclgI

Callie’s Birth Story finally plan A

Callie’s birth story It was March 31st 2012, a Saturday afternoon, around noon or so that I started to feel what seemed like “real” contractions.  I was 39 weeks 3 days pregnant with baby #3.  We were just hanging out … Continue reading

The most amazing thing I have ever experienced.

I contacted Mary Anne and her team in April when I was 7 months pregnant.  I decided to do a home birth right after I submitted my birth plan to the hospital where I was going to deliver.  The hospital … Continue reading

Ezra Jonathan Bartos

Ezra Jonathan Bartos was born on Saturday morning, during one of the most memorable experiences that we as a family have ever had. He is a healthy boy and a joyful addition to our overwhelmingly blessed family. Ezra was born … Continue reading

Kayla’s Tender Beginning

Kayla’s Tender Beginning… To see a video of thier journey https://picasaweb.google.com/112243323473874760877/KaylaSBirthFull?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJziy6CLqef_sQE&feat=directlink It was Saturday, August 27th 2011, and the day was like any other.  My husband David was working on the computer, and I was in the nursery putting the … Continue reading

Birth story of Eliana Grace

Birth story of Eliana Grace March 7th 2010 If you had asked me a few years ago whether natural childbirth, let alone a home birth, was even possible you would have gotten a resounding “NO!” and “More power to those … Continue reading

Home Birth from the Perception of a Mom who was a Labor and Delivery Nurse

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Thursday night 6/3 I went to the cheesecake factory with my coworkers and ate very well. I felt very pregnant and nothing new. I went to sleep that night thinking of all we have ‘to do’ to get ready for … Continue reading

“O” Baby

By Miriam Bishop Babies love to make their big debut in the middle of the night. Perhaps they are attracted to the stillness. Maybe it’s because the world is in a womb-like state: dark, quiet, and cozy. Oliver, was no … Continue reading

Birth of Timothy Michael

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It was my  8th wedding anniversary and my husband Adam and I were very getting very anxious about my pregnancy. I had an appointment that day with Mary Anne in Franklin at her office for what would be my last … Continue reading

Asher’s Perfect Birth

8 pounds 1 ounces

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I cannot say enough about Tender Beginnings. From day one, we felt very comfortable with Mary Anne. She is practical, knowledgeable, warm, and caring. I loved being able to go to my appointments in her home with my 2 little … Continue reading

Christian “beautiful at-home water-birth”

8 pounds 5 ounces

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My second child and second son, Christian Palmer, was born on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 in a beautiful at-home water-birth. I was surrounded by my husband, Peter, my sister, and a few close friends as well as the very skilled … Continue reading

The Birth Story of Mary Abilene

Born August 8, 2010

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I couldn’t really get to sleep Saturday night and didn’t until 3am on Sunday, August 8, 2010. I woke back up at 5:30 am having to go to the bathroom. I sat down on the toilet and realized I was … Continue reading

Luke’s Birth Story

Born August 5, 2010

I had an acupuncture session every single day during the week leading up to the baby’s due date. I was really, really hoping that with the combined efforts of the chiropractor and the acupuncturist, I would deliver before the due … Continue reading

Junebug arrives!

Born June 27, 2010

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When I hit week 41 of pregnancy I started to get very anxious and impatient for baby to arrive. I was also huge and uncomfortable most of the time by then. And I knew that if I went one more … Continue reading

Birthing Brickelle

8 pounds 5 ounces

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In utero Brickelle liked to sleep more during the day and was more active at night. She was also hard to wake up to get variance in her heart rate. Mary Anne referred to her as “lethargic” and because we … Continue reading

Second Time not Plan B

Un planned Unassisted May 21 2009

It was Thursday evening, May 21st, I was 39 weeks 2 days pregnant. We were having a nice family night together, just the three of us. After dinner we took a walk around our neighborhood. We walked past Casey and … Continue reading

The Birth Story of Marcy (plan B)

Ronald Gerald DePew III born June 21, 2007 at 7:40pm

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It was Thursday, June 21st and I was 36 weeks 2 days along in my pregnancy. We had been planning a homebirth with our midwife Mary Anne; I just had to make it to 37 weeks to birth at home. … Continue reading

Cora’s birth from Daddy’s prospective

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Wow…she’s really here. It is truly a surreal feeling. The entire night felt surreal, actually. I was at the kitchen counter Thursday night, attempting to fix my Garmin that was broken in my car accident a few weeks ago when … Continue reading

Adam’s Birth Story


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Contractions started every 7-10 min at about 3:45 Saturday morning, and gradually picked up in intensity during the morning. Since I was GBS+ and suspected my water had broken (I was incorrect, we did some test that is more conclusive … Continue reading


9 pounds 2 ounces

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Who Claims the Day? On November 1, 2001 I was induced to deliver my oldest son. I was 19, gained 70 pounds and was proud I had taken the opportunity to eat whatever I wanted when I wanted because I … Continue reading

Indigo, my first home birth


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I personally had a great experience with Mary Anne and her assistants, Lindsay and Heather, for my daughter Indi’s birth. She’s my third child and this was my first home birth experience. My first two were born in a hospital … Continue reading

The Birth Story of Elise Joy Newell

Born October 13, 2008

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I’ve wanted a homebirth since I was ten and watched my sister’s birth. Still, I felt like I was swimming against the tide when we got pregnant and began visits with the midwives rather than an O.B. Fortunately, I had … Continue reading

The Birth Story of Alyssa Grace

August 15, 2008

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Alyssa Grace was born at home on August 15, 2008 at 6:45am. Her birth was attended by Mary Anne and Lindsey. Before I tell you about her amazing birth, first let me tell you how we decided to have a … Continue reading

Lena’s Birth

Born August 29, 2005

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At about 1:45am on August 29, 2005 (my “due date”) I was awakened by my water breaking! My first thought was, “Oh my word I have wet the bed!” My second thought was, “I have never peed this hard in … Continue reading

It Was the Best of Times, it Was the Worst of Times….10 lbs of Grace

Born September, 2000

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” -as Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities begins, so begins my story. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for two and a half years. … Continue reading