I really didn’t like the birth of my second son or the prenatal care I received. Pretty much your standard crappy hospital birth where they made me lay on the bed the whole time, they made me take antibiotics for Group B Strep and the whole ordeal was stressful. They but me in a shared room but when I made a big stink they moved the lady that they were moving in and they made me stay there for three days and it realIy wasn’t a relaxing recovery, I just wanted to get home.
The idea to UC never even occurred to me until after the birth of my second child but even if I were to have another one with my ex, there is no way he would have been supportive of a homebirth let alone a UC. so when I got pregnant with my new husband, he was very supportive of homebirth as he was born at home as well. The idea of UC made him a little nervous. I had him watch videos, he did research with me and had a plan in place in case of an emergency. I had also chosen to unassisted pregnancy, as I knew I would deny many of the routine prenatal testing anyhow and I monitored my own vitals. I also knew I didn’t want to vaccinate and I really didn’t want to deal with challenging the doctors and nurses about it. Laboring and birthing my own way in a gentle home environment was extremely important to me.
While at lowes buying an attachment for my water hose I went to the bathroom and noticed I was spotting. I told Nick that it was time and called work to let them know I wouldn’t be in the next day. I knew it would be awhile so we went to Walmart to get some things and to kill time.
We came home and I went into super cleaning mode and swept and mopped the kitchen and did some dishes. Then we blew up and filled up the pool. I ate some and sat on my exercise ball because by then I was really feeling the contractions and sitting there made me feel more comfortable. My best friend arrived and we hung out and waited until I wanted to get in the tub.
We lit the candles, put on the music and Nick and I stripped down and got in the tub. My friend took lots of pictures. I labored in the pool for about an hour before I felt the urge to push. I pushed gently with each contraction. I was on my knees and I was hugging Nick who was sitting right in front of me. The baby came out and I pulled her out of the water. She instantly started crying and I put her to my breast and was so happy to see I had given birth to a girl (I thought I would, just had that feeling but I was still on the green team).
I sat in the tub until the cord stopped pulsing then we cut it. Nick took the baby while I got in the shower, there I delivered the placenta and my BF took it and put it in the fridge. I sat on the couch and nursed the baby while they took care of emptying and cleaning out the birth tub.
I couldn’t have asked for a better first home birth. It was soooooo much better than being in a hospital. Most of my family were nay sayers so I made sure to call everyone to let them know that everything went smoothly and that I had a girl. The whole thing was less than four hours which I thought would be the case since the other two came so fast.
She couldn’t have come at a better time, some stuff had changed at work and we were getting new staff and clients and I really wasn’t looking forward to dealing with the change that was going to start the next day. Also when she came the weather had went up from being in the teens to the 50′s and 60′s.
I also chose to eat the placenta. After the birth of my child I cut it into 14 chunks and froze it. I then took a couple chunks and blended it with my strawberry whey protein and drank one a day for a week. I can’t really say if it helped me in anyway. I didn’t have any Postpartum Depression and my bleeding wasn’t too bad. I bled heavy for a week then after it was light and stopped at four weeks postpartum.
Edited by Sharlla - 6/6/11 at 5:05pm