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post #21 of 35
Noah Issac Inshallah was born October 3rd at 5:30pm. He weighed 7lbs 9oz. He has black hair and blue/green eyes.

Our Birth story~~

October 2nd was my husband, Adam's birthday. I was soooooo emotional all day and set everyone to work baking and cleaning. Eden said she was sure the baby was coming because I was acting all crazy......lolol, she was right!!! I went to bed around 10:00pm, feeling the enery shifting in my body. I feel asleep right away ans sleep deeply until 1 am. I lay in bed for a while, feeling the rushes of energy gain strength and momentum. I decided to get up and go to the washroom. I walked upstairs and turned on the light just as I felt something roll down my leg. Sure enough there was a trail of bloody show and my plug. I was filled with excitment as I cleaned myself up. I put on the kettle for some RRleaf tea and went downstairs to wake DH. (2 am) We came upstairs and prepared our space for birth. We lit candles/incense, set our CD player with 5 hours of laboring music, laid out plastic sheets/blankets/towels. We were having so much fun together!! Once all was ready to go we snuggled down to rest and connect. My contractions were strong enough to demand all of my attention and in between I felt wonderful. Adam massaged my back/hips/legs/yoni with arnica oil. It was so heavenly to connect with him in such a tantric, passionate way during these intense rushes of energy, I could feel myself opening for this sweet babe.

Around 6am we decided to wake Eden ( so that we could have some time with her before the other children woke up. She was beaming and went to clip her nails and wash her hands right away. She rubbed my back and giggled with excitment as I vocalized through contractions. Willow and Alden woke around 7 and joined us in our birthing rhythm. I would stand with my hands around Adams neck and we would dance, he held me up when I was carried away with the intensity of opening and we would laugh when it subsided. After about an hour I decide to get in the tub. My contractions were getting more intense but they seemed to be getting farther apart. I though maybe the shift would help me to relax and open even more.
When I was in the tub I checked my cervix (8am~ish). I was about 9cm and could feel the bag of fluids the lay between my hand and Noahs head. It was an amazing sensation!! I stayed in the bath for awhile but my contractions were about 15 minutes apart......intense!!!! but far apart. I though maybe this was the lull before the urge to push. I decided to get out of the tub as I though it might be slowing things down. My contractions became even more intense, lasting over a minute and rolling me over and away. Adam held me up or rubbed my back or breathed, forhead to forhead with me. We were having such a good time together, feeling the birth nearing. It was so odd to me that I was so grounded and able to chat and laugh in between. We felt like we were having a party, the kids were excited and playing, connecting with me when the felt, carrying on with the rhythm of the day. It was such a beautiful, natural time for our family. I felt so bonded with them all.

After about 2 hours my contractions were more intense then I had ever experienced, even with my 1 hour labor, which until now had been the most powerful thing I had ever felt. They were 5~15 minutes apart (ish). Noah was floating posterior and would turn sidways...back and forth, nestling his head into my hip. Adam called our homepath to confirm that pullsitilla was the appropriate remedy to encourage him to turn and get things going again. I took a dose (11am~ish). My contraction became more regular within 15 minutes, there intensity grew. Noah didn't turn and soon my hips and back became overwhelmed with pain. We were excited as things seemed to be moving again. Knowing it wouldn't be long before our child was born made it so much easier to cope.
By 2pm Noah still hadn't engaged (ctrx every 5 min`ish). We had tried many positions to encourage him to shift but nothing was effective. I was beginning to feel discouraged, this was more difficult then anything I had been through in my life, it challenged every fiber of my being. I decided to take another dose of Pullsitilla. I checked myself again and was still 9cm. The contraction became closer together (3~5min)

By 4:30pm I was feeling lost. The pain in my hips was overwhelming, my contractions were shaking my body, lasting 1-2 minutes. At this point I had been 9cm for 8.5 hours and had made no progress. Noah was floating, not responding to any position change. I was doubting my ability to cope, not my ability to birth, I had faith that my body was fully capable of that. It was my ability to handle this, my ability to feel myself, to remain consious. I could feel the need for a shift, I need to change something. I wished there were someone who could come and affirm for me, help me move my body so that he could decend. I told Adam I wasn't sure I could handle this. He encouraged me, told me he had complete faith in my body and my intuition. What ever I felt I needed to do he would support.

I decided to go to the hospital. I needed something to shift so that I could birth my baby and everything was telling me that going would do it. We called a friend to watch the younger 2 kids. Eden, Adam and I loaded into the truck. I had to climb up into it and sit in a funky position....my contractions began to pile, no more then a minutes break in between. Then 10 minute drive was epic!!! I could feel Noah shifting. As I went to climb out I contracted and he began to lower into my pelvis....Adam caught me as I was thrown with the intensity. We went in, they were expecting us as we had called our doc to meet us there. (5:20 pm) I couldn't get more the 10 ft btween contractions. They asked us how far along I was, Adam said I had been 9cm for 9 hours. They asked who checked me, he said we did....they were a bit confused!! We get into the room and doc checks me....she's fully...mad scramble to prepare for birth.....my water bag explodes as Noahs head engages. they ask me to try and hold back while they get stuff ready.....yeah right!! I will catch him anyway, but at this point there is no option, my body is pushing him out. I tell them he's coming as my body completely takes over. He emerges in one huge rush of energy!!! I lift him to my chest. He is born!!!! It is 5:30pm, we have been there for 10 minutes! We ask them to leave the cord, decline oxytocin, vit K, eye drops etc. We ask for blankets and gently insist he doesn't need to be swaddled, rather left skin to skin. They are supportive and totally okay with our gentle, firm choices. Adam gives me motherwort tincture and arnica. I barley bleed, no tear. Our doc is great, he doesn't understand why we came so I explain our story. He is excited for us, and that he was able to take part in such an amazing birth. The nurses are stunned by the medical lingo going on between us....What??? An educated family??? ..We leave within 2 hours, floating on a cloud with sweet Noah in my arms.

Our birth was not what I expected......I am humbled by the beauty and power of it! Noah is amazing, I am in awe that he is here, in awe that our family has grown~~~~~ Inshallah!!

I have healed amazingly well and feel wonderful. Adam prepared the placenta and I have been taking some 3x a day. Our babymoon is so wonderful. We are all falling in love, noy just with Noah but with one another aswell. I feel so blessed by all of this, so honoured to be a part of this amazing circle of life. And here we are, closer now then ever.

~photos of Noahs birth and first day of life outside Mama~
post #22 of 35
it's a girl!

Ava Charlotte
6 lbs 12 oz
20 inches
post #23 of 35
Thread Starter 
C on g r a t u l a t i o n s !

Enjoy your babymoon Emily!
post #24 of 35
Samson Elias
7 lbs 13 oz
20 inches
post #25 of 35
Graham Alan
6lbs 15oz
20 3/4 inches long
(will try to do a birth story up later )
post #26 of 35
Hannah Helen
7lbs even
20 inches long
post #27 of 35
Shiloh Victoria
7lbs 3oz
19 3/4" long

Hope to do a birth story as soon as my midwives fill me in on some of the details I missed!
post #28 of 35
Javonte Malik
October 18th 2006
5:30 pm
6 lbs 15 oz 19 1/2 in
post #29 of 35
Eden Rebekah
October 2nd, 2006
8 pounds, 15.2 ounces, 19.5 inches


No birth story, repeat c-section for PIH, body rejected spinal so had to be knocked out before she was born :
post #30 of 35
It's a girl!!

Gemma Baldwin Thomasino
October 15, 2006 (her daddy's birthday)
3:22 a.m.
9 pounds, 15 ounces and 21.5 inches long

The birth story is way too long -- 60+ hours of active labor, including 3 hours of pushing. Successful VBAC!!!!
post #31 of 35
Alexander Seamus
October 22, 2006
12:52 am
9 lbs 13 oz and 21 inches long

Labor was only 3 hours, with maybe 30 minutes of pushing. Very intense, very fast, but a wonderful experience at a freestanding birth center. We had planned a water birth. However, things moved so quickly, there wasn't time to fill the tub!
post #32 of 35
Theodore Hunter Smith was born on the 23rd at 8:05, just barely missing Scorpio by an hour and 21 minutes. He's a big boy, 8 lb 9 oz and 21.5 inches long (I'm 5'1" so that's big for me). He was born after only a few hours of labor!

Labor started for me about 4am on Monday, but the contractions were easy and I didn't really know if it was the real thing or more prodromal labor. Tried to get some more sleep. By 6am the contractions were STRONG. I tried to do my hypnosis but my iPod had died and it was so cold that morning I was having trouble getting comfortable. I got in the tub but it didn't help. Little did I know I was almost in transition . . . a few minutes later I realized it was time to head to the hospital birth center, but we had to wait for the babysitter to arrive for our toddler first.

By the time we left I was in PAIN. I started to freak out because I didn't realize I only had an hou and a half of labor ahead of me! I thought labor was just starting and I kept thinking, I can't do this!!!! When I got to triage I was 5 cm dilated, which to me confirmed my fears of a long morning ahead (silly me.) I begged for an epidural but agreed to get in the tub first. I did get a shot of Nubain and I think it helped me relax some, I was so wound up at that point.

By the time we got to the room I felt the need to poop. On the toilet I got to 8 cm. Forget the tub, I was laboring fast! Onto the bed, I got into the child's pose-- ahh, relief! Now I was fully dilated and ready to go. The midwife came rushing in as I started pushing. I pushed some in child's pose, hanging on to the headboard and biting my pillow, but the midwife wanted me to direct more of my energy into pushing, so I got up into a squatting position-- felt so right-- and Teddy was born very quickly. (He was born just an hour and fifteen minutes after we got to the birth center!) Oh the burning though! Ouch! But what an amazing feeling! I was so proud of myself.

I know the reason I experienced so much pain during transition was due to my extreme fear and anxiety based on my last birth, which was a 31 hour back labor. Now that I know that my body CAN birth quickly and efficiently, I think next time I will be better able to get out of my own way and birth more calmly and comfortably. All in all this was a very healing experience for me.

The delivery was great, and the midwives were great, but the hospital stay after was not a positive experience overall. Nurses waking me up every two hours, multiple medical professionals bothering me about all of the procedures I was declining ("so you don't care if your baby is permanently brain-damaged because he doesn't get this shot? Well I guess it's your choice . . .") the food wasn't what I'm used to (I eat all organic at home) and I hate the overall attitude that the baby belongs to the hospital and if you prove yourself a good-enough parent than they will "let" you take "their" baby home with you. We left the second day (as soon as we could).

First days photos

We are all in love with our new sweetheart!!!!
post #33 of 35
Charles Frederick
October 17th, 2006

Weight: 7 pounds 14.1 ounces
Length: 19 3/4 inches

Pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/tehDeathKitten

post #34 of 35

Our girl

Evelyne Dorothy
100% natural birth
Oct. 30 at 9am
8lbs 11oz.

post #35 of 35
ok so I'm super late at posting but Owen was born Oct 18 06 at 4:04am weighing a healthy 9lbs, 10.5oz
I've been trying to catch up on my reading here lately and realized I never did introduce us!
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