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Greetings Homebirthing Mamas!
I wanted to share my ecstatic birth experience with you all. Though I haven't been active in this thread, I have felt supported by reading MDC throughout my pregnancy.
Our daughter, Anwen, was born at home on March 28th 2004! She weighed 9 lbs. even. We have the most incredible midwife. Her style is so natural and mother centered. She spent so much time helping me work through mental barriers and fears. None of these issues were related to my pregnancy or lablor even. I experienced an incredibly easy and pleasant pregnancy. Contrary to my healthy but extremely weepy first pregnancy.
I am so attached to my midwife and the funny part is that she wasn't even in attendance for the birth. My water broke at 5 a.m. and my husband received our daughter into this world 1 hour and 25 minutes later. Our midwife found us 2 minutes later on the bathroom floor in an ecstatic state of laughter and tears. I was holding our daughter , rubbing her and sucking on her little nose (and I'm not sure how I decided to do that).
I had called my midwife when the waters broke and then called her an hour later to tell her that my comtractions were beginning to be intense. Immediately after I hung up the phone I felt an urgent need to ... poo ...only it wasn't that at all, but rather my daughter's head. I threw myself down on all fours and before I knew it, her head had emerged. I told my mate that he was going to need to catch the baby. His voice was steadily increasing an octave a second. He was in such shock. Out of all of the contigencies we had considered, we hadn't considered UC. Go figure. Unlike my first labor, my mind was crystal clear. I recalled my recent discussion with our midwife about letting my body do the pushing and the part she mentioned about "when you feel stinging then slow down". Our daughters head remained where it was for 2 minutes and then I felt her shoulders turn and my uterus pushed her out into my husband's waiting hands.
There was virtually no pain. I had a very minor scratch. Being at home was phenomenally different from my midwife attended, drug-free, hospital birth in that our bliss was free flowing and uninterrupted. My husband soaked up my bliss too. Our pupils were fully dialated for hours after the birth (we are told). We had the birth that was meant for us and I can say that it brought my mate and I profoundly closer. It was truly perfect and beyond our expectations.
The icing on the cake was that a week later I realised that Anwen was born 3 years to the day that I was diagnosed with stage lll colon cancer. She has, in effect, rewritten history for me...
Of course, after surgery and chemo, I am in remission and plan on mothering my children for a long time to come.
I wish you all ecstatic births and many long and lovely days of mothering.
mother to Cruxien 8.31.99 and Anwen 3.28.04