Okay, I posted this in the birth stories thread as well but I thought I'd put it in my announcement thread too.
Porter Emery Oct 3rd 2:44am at home
I had relatively strong contractions for WEEKS before this baby finally decided it was time to make a mad dash for sun light. After an evening of the same cramping back ache contractions that I had by then gotten very used to I went to bed on Wednesday night. At about 1am I woke up to more of my "regular" contractions and I needed to pee but I just kind of laid there for a minute putting it off. Then I had one contraction that was strong enough that I jumped up and flipped onto all fours on the bed. It was still mild enough that I could breathe through it so once it was over I got up and went downstairs to pee and politely asked the baby to wait til morning and went back to bed. As soon as I laid down I had another all fours contraction at which point I said to DH "I should have just stayed downstairs" not wanting to wake up our son. By this point it was about 1:30am so I went down and got out a timer and attempted to start timing contractions to decide if I should get DH out of bed and call the doula.
My husband fortunately got the hint without my help and came downstairs at 1:45am and took over timing. My contractions started getting way stronger and were lasting 2+ minutes each and were back to back. I had one extra strong one and thought I'd check for blood. When I wiped and saw a bit of blood I told DH to call Our doula immediately. This was about 2:15am. When she heard that #1 the contractions were so strong/long/close together and #2 I told her I felt like I needed to poop but was afraid to she made a mad dash for our house and got here within a few minutes. Afterwards she told us that as soon as she walked in the door and watched me for a couple minutes she knew we weren't going to the hospital (which is 45 minutes away). She said "this baby is coming wicked soon" to which both DH and I reacted by thinking "time to get in the car" she didn't want to freak us out so instead of saying no, this baby is coming right now! She said "why don't I check you before we get in the car". She didn't even have a chance. I had one more insane contraction right then and she told me to relax my bum. Did i mention that these contractions were blindlingy painful. I was so scared of the drive to the hospital because i knew it would be absolutely unbearable. I felt like I was pooping so I asked her if I could move to the toilet before a check and she helped me to the toilet and told DH to call her midwifery partner and "bring stuff". I literally pushed twice and then felt him crowning. She had turned around for a minute to grab a receiving blanket or gloves or something but I yelled for her and she rushed back without anything to help me stand up and push the baby out with a couple more contractions. My mom had just come downstairs and DH just rushed back into the bathroom when he was born. At 2:44am. So there were the five of us hanging out around the toilet. My doula's midwifery partner arrived a few moments after the birth and they moved me over to the couch so they could check us out and wait for the placenta.
After talking it over and calling my hospital midwife we decided to stay put and not drive anywhere. The placenta was birthed about 30 minutes later. I didn't bleed or tear. My doula and her partner are incredible and they made what could have felt like a scary emergency into an amazing relaxing experience. My hospital midwives were basically like "okay, see you in 4 weeks for your postpartum check" so my now homebirth midwives have taken over immediate postpartum care for me and Porter. Did i mention they are amazing?! I didn't intend to have my baby at home but I can't imagine it any other way now. It was perfect.
I guess that wasn't so short even though the whole drama unfolded over the course of about an hour and a half.