My first dd was born in a hospital after 31 hours of induction and quite a few very scary errors on the hospital's part. The next two babies were very private UC births in the middle of the night with very short labors. This time, I had such a lovely community of supportive friends offering to come keep me company during labor that I'd started lamenting my fast, easy, middle-of-the-night labors.
I ended up getting my wish as I went into labor in the early hours of the morning and he was born mid-afternoon. I called a few friends to come over and hang out while I labored in the tub, and I can't describe how wonderful it was this time to labor with the sound of all of our kids laughing and playing in the background. It also worked out nicely because my friends and my parents fed and looked after the kids while my partner and I could just focus on my labor.
Transition lasted almost an hour this time. I'm quite sure it would have been much shorter, but I've never labored in the tub before and the water felt so good that I just didn't want to get out, even as things intensified. When I finally did get out of the water, it was only three contractions before he was born into my hands on our bed. The cord was wrapped loosely around his neck and shoulders, but it was easy to unwind (and possibly the longest cord I'd ever seen).
Afterward, a friend's older daughter brought me a plate of fruit and juice and everyone cleaned up the bathroom for me while I got to hang out in bed with my baby, SO, and my older daughters (my son was put off by the smells and didn't come in to see the baby for a while). As much as I loved my other two very private UCs, this birth felt like it was absolutely everything I wanted for this baby, who is possibly my last.
Enjoy your babymoon!
Mommy to Kai 2/03, Caden 1/08, Kara 10/09, 3/21/13, &
Cole 2/3/14 ♡ Happily unmarried to Papa since 2002 ♡
~We may not have it all together ♥ but together we have it all~
"When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead."
Tristian, vegetarian wife to Matt, intactivist, UC supporting mama to my little earth-child-in-training, Ginny (4), and my sweet boy, Finnian (2). Due mid-July with our third little one!
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M.Ed. Mama to Chunka (1/07), Beauty (5/09) and Elizabear 3/12): Birth Doula (working toward certification) AAMI Midwifery Student, Advocating with Solace for Mothers & The Birth Survey
Congratulations Mama and welcome to the world sweet Eliot!
Your experience sounded so peacefull and rewarding.