My friend and her husband had planned a home-birth with two midwives and their assistant and many months ago they had invited me to attend. I was honored, but honestly didn't think she'd call when the time came.... you never know how people will feel when the moment suddenly arrives To my pleasant surprise, I got the call this morning. She was in labor and progressing quickly.
I was asked to bring food, if possible, so I brought bagels, oj, blueberry muffins, coffee, and fresh fruit. By the time I arrived, the baby was crowning and my friend was pushing. The bedroom my friend chose to deliver in was small and so I stayed out of the way in the living room or in the kitchen, straightening up a few things. And then I heard the baby cry. I sat there thinking about the new sounds of the house, the new voices. I only went upstairs and into the room when I was called. I didn't need to be RIGHT THERE during all the action. Just being in the house with them was super special.
My friend did great. Completely un-medicated and a 6 hour labor. Baby came out great, too. He was very vocal, great color, and started to nurse quickly. We all sat on the bed there for a while just being together... also waiting for her to deliver the placenta. We then helped the new mom so she could sit up and nurse better. As the midwives and husband attended to my friend, I made her an egg and cheese sandwich (which she had requested). I did a few more dishes and straightened up and took a list of groceries and other errands to run. I'll return tonight with some baked chicken and a few things from the pharmacy.
The baby's name is Solomon. The midwives didn't worry about weighing him for a few hours, so I don't know his measurements, but he was a nice size baby. I didn't hold him, but I rubbed him and kissed his little head. It was more important for him to be held by mommy and daddy and I'm sure I'll hold him enough in he coming days.
It was a really good experience for me. For one, my own pregnancy suddenly felt a lot more real. It was also a very calm experience, and a pleasure to meet the midwives. I hope to be able to have our baby in a birth center, but there are certainly things that are very appealing about a home birth.
Just wanted to share. :)