My son Sage was born March 14, 2011 at 8:04 AM after a long night of labor, into a birthing pool unassisted at home. He weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz., 20 1/2 inches, totally perfect, born peaceful without crying. He is a laid back, easy going, happy and gentle baby.
The birth itself was not painless. I had every intention and belief and conviction that it could be, but it wasn't. There were no orgasms, no angels visible, no glowing lights or any cosmic revelations that I was healed and that I had transformed into a new person. But, I'm capable, I'm braver, I'm better, I'm stronger, and I'm healthier than I was before. I never once was in fear, I knew I could do this and that everything was going as it should, and it kept me strong enough to handle it. And now there is room in my heart for forgiveness. Forgiveness of the past, forgiveness of myself, forgiveness of other people I have judged. This was a good thing for me, and I needed it. It was my best birth and although I cannot claim UC is perfect, it's "perfecter" than the hospital and the midwife experiences. I also know that my experience would have been another horrible, traumatic birth experience for me if intervention had taken place in this one. I am thankful that there was none.
I did have some tearing, and it is healing on its own just fine. The baby had the cord around his neck, twice, and it was not deadly or an emergency or life altering. I also had some bleeding which concerned me and so I surprised myself by swallowing a small piece of placenta (never thought I would go there). Baby and I are perfectly great and fine. Thank you for all your love and support. Hope to see you in the lounge. :)