Just getting on my computer now after an amazing week so far. We welcome Isaac Marshall into momma's arms at home on Mon 2/6/12 at 9:43pm, 8# 8oz. I was kinda in denial about being in labor, but starting timing my contractions at 4pm. My midwife arrived around 7 pm and things picked up quickly from there. My hypnobabies/homebirth was absolutely what I envisioned. Birth story to follow when I don't have a babe on my breast constantly, lol.
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Congratulations!! My first labor was 50 hours. It's rough stuff. Be proud of yourself!
Baby Benjamin born on January 30th, 9:22 pm. He was an HBAC waterbirth with a wonderful midwife team, my husband, 3.5 year old daughter, and my sister present.
My water started leaking at 4 am, one of the midwives came to check me at noon and take vitals, and he had turned back OP. She suggested doing an inversion, which we did, and it broke my water quite dramatically. Rested for a couple of hours, the contractions started during our nap (daughter, sister and me). At 4 pm I asked Sister to call Husband. At 4:30 I called Midwife #1 to check in and said I was okay for now. She went to yoga and told me to call her partner if anything progressed before 6 when she would check in. By 5 pm I called Midwife #2 and told her I had 2 minutes to talk, then would have a one minute contraction and 2 more minutes to talk :) She said she'd be right over.
She was there in half an hour, took vitals and told me I could get in the tub as soon as hubby had enough water in it. Which I did. The water helped with contractions, easing them as they continued to progress. Here's where I lost track of time. I remember being offered water and food and energy drinks between contractions. The midwives checked his heart rate between contractions occasionally. Hubby pushed on my low back and sister helped my daughter into the tub. She was very excited to pour water on my back and had been waiting for this for months. Around 7:30 they got daughter out of the tub and snack/dinner then put her to bed, knowing that baby was close and I was moving him down already. But she was tired and ready for a break from my moaning/humming/groaning sounds that "were helping the baby come" in her words.
He came with one hand tucked alongside his chin/cheek. Born with his eyes open and lifted up out of the water onto my chest with hubby's arms around us both. The midwives checked him and got me out of the tub. Hubby cut the cord when it was done pulsing. The placenta passed very easily. Sister went up to get Daughter out of bed to come meet Baby Brother. We were all tucked into bed by midnight and the midwives had started laundry and left as well. One of them came to check us at noon the next day. And day 3, 5, 10 for vitals, birth debrief, weight checks for baby, nursing questions, etc. He was an unexpectedly small peanut, born 10 days early at 5#, 18 inches, but is doing great and nursing like crazy!
It was a wonderful birth experience! If I wanted another child, I would totally do it again! I never imagined us doing a homebirth prior to this pregnancy. Now I can't imagine why I would go to a hospital unless I needed one. (And there is a fabulous hospital and children's hospital 8 blocks from me. That was reassuring to our families who were not so on-board with homebirth.)
Congrats! And what a healthy size boy for less than 38 weeks, wonder if the DD was accurate?? Can't wait for the story (hint, hint!)