Born with my CPM out-of-hospital where it's legal ;) on 11/28/2010 at 12:50 AM. :D His birth was fabulous and I'm still in absolute amazement over how everything went so well and my body just knew exactly what to do. :) (more later on his birth story, but it was a hands-and-knees delivery, which is a position I have never used before and never thought I would use--till I found myself doing it! and it was *perfect* because he had a short umbilical cord and my midwife said that is the best position for a baby with a short cord.) I had an absolutely AMAZING doula--for FREE because she's training--I was her first "Official DONA" birth. She was absolutely AMAZING.
However, we are in the hospital. I am fine. Baby was born with a condition called Low Imperforate Anus. (there is a hole, but it is smaller than normal) We have a caring bridge site www.caringbridge.org/babyzayd with a little more about that and that will have updates. :)
He is doing *very well* other than that.
Here is something I can discuss here that I haven't discussed much "publicly."
Even though we are in a hospital now, I am thrilled that he was not born in one. He was perfectly healthy and beautiful at birth. He nursed right away. We were able to take him to our home the next morning, and he spent the next day with our family. His siblings got to see and hold him.
My body instinctively knew exactly how this baby needed to be born. And I instinctively knew when something wasn't right and he needed medical attention. I was the one who noticed the different-looking bottom, I knew things weren't right when he started having trouble latching *and* taking a supplement feeding. (using an eyedropper) We got the medical attention he needed, everyone has been fabulous with us about his homebirth. (Well, not MY home, but out of hospital anyway)
AND--because he was not born in the hospital and he had been home--we are NOT in the NICU. We are in pediatrics, where I get a pull out bed and can stay in his room with him. I know others who have had NICU babies in this hospital. Because I am local, I would not have a room with him if he was in the NICU. (Moms who aren't local get a room on a different floor.) His siblings would not be able to visit the NICU. Because we are on pediatrics, his siblings can visit. (which reminds me I should find out if there's a time cut-off for them) They even said I can bring toys from the playroom for them, and there's a game controller for the TV that the oldest could play with. There's movies. There's plenty for them to do. (the only thing they probably can't do is I don't know about holding him because of his IV)
Anyway, other than this, which he has surgery for tomorrow--now that the doctor helped him to poop out a *ton* of meconium, he started nursing again like a total champ. :) He perked up, bright eyes, alert. He's just beautiful. :D