I still have not written the birth story, but that could take days, so here are the quick details.
As background, as many probably know, I was on bedrest since 32 weeks, and had magnesium sulfate and steroids in the hospital when I went into labor at that point. I was trying to make it to 36 weeks to have a homebirth.
Friday morning while sleeping, my water broke around 4:45 AM, which woke me up. I was pretty disappointed about going to the hospital, but somewhat okay about it. I woke DH, then we called our midwife. She said she would come over, as I didn't want to go to the hospital with no contractions. She arrived, baby seemed fine. Our 2.5 yr old was still asleep. I really wanted to go for a walk because I have had no exercise for 3 weeks. DH and I went for a walk for 30 min or so, watched the sunrise over downtown from a hill near our house. We went back, had breakfast. I called my mom around 7:15 and asked her to bring my sister over to watch our daughter. I told her not to rush, because nothing was happening yet.
My daughter got up, I went to take a shower around 8 AM. In the shower, I started having contractions. They were managable, but I noticed that I was moaning slightly during them. I got out and sat on the toilet, my midwife came in. Contractions were suddenly very strong and I was getting nauseous. Midwife wants to go to the hospital NOW. They manage to get me dressed. I am feeling a ton of pressure, contractions 2 min apart. My mom and sister are not there. I make it to the front porch. There is discussion with DH and MW about taking my daughter with us to the hospital. Then mw notices that it sounds like I am pushing. Back into the house for cervical check. Baby's head is coming down and there is no way we can go to the hospital.
My mom and sister arrive a few minutes later and take my daughter. I push on the couch. DH calls 911 for an ambulance, but not till she is nearly out. MW urges me to slow down with pushing, she somehow has warm compresses. Baby girl is born at 8:48 AM, put onto my chest immediately. A backup mw arrives, followed by EMS who check baby out while on my chest (which mw has already done), confirm that we don't want to be transported and leave.
We weighed her much later, 6 pounds 12 oz. She is a fabulous nurser and is just amazing.
Being home and w/o NICU is every bit as fabulous as I knew it would be!