FTM Homebirth a Success!
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|Wed, 05-16-2007 - 9:30am|
Hi all- I just posted for the 1st time last week, looking for others to share with... well... my baby came over the weekend! I was 36 weeks, 2 days. Below is the birth story I posted on the June 07 board. Good luck to you all planning a homebirth, and let me day- it was WONDERFUL! I am SO glad I went with my gut and decided on a homebirth for my first baby...
My birth story:
As many of you know, I posted on here yesterday when my water broke at 10am. I had BH all day but nothing strong. I was planning a homebirth, and my MW agreed that the baby was far along enough to have at home, which is how I wanted it. I was so happy. But nothing happened all day! So she told me to take 2 oz castor oil in a shake. I did around 3:30pm and nothing happened much til about 9:30pm. I threw up - and then started real ctx. I went to bed and tried to sleep in between them. At 1pm, they were stronger and like 3 minutes apart! So I canned MW and she came over. I was 2cm and about totally effaced. So, she went to sleep awhile and DH and I worked through my ctx with deep breathing and relaxation (thanks to my Hypnobirthing class- which I HIGHLY recommend).
About 3.5 hours later, I went to the bathroom and threw up and had diarrhea at once! AH! Poor DH. He held the bucket on my front end...sorry if this is TMI- but it's honest! So- then after that I started these crazy ctx where I felt like pushing and was kinda losing it, but still trying to breathe through them.. MW checked me and I was 8cm and very "sretchy." I HAD to push then, and she said it was fine. So I started do...but slowly. I didnt want to push too much for some reason, my body just told me not to.
Maybe an hour or so of pushing, which was intense and heck but felt like I was getting something done, and then she was born! No tearing at all, thank goodness! She needed a breath of O2 and was on her way. She stayed there on my chest for 2 hours after she was born, no harassment from MW other than getting O2 - when she was on my chest. She started breast feeding about 30 min after birth and is such a calm and sweet baby! She pretty much always falls asleep with the breast in her mouth, though, so she's not getting that much. Will have to work on that more...
Anyway- it was the most amazing experience of my life. I would recommend homebirth and Hypnobirth to anyone who is seriously wanting either or both. It felt great to have the baby in my living room... with dark and candles and trance music. It was a very peaceful birth. Except for my grunting when I was pushing. :)
Violet Harper was born at 5:56am MST as the sun rose over the Sangre de Cristos Mountains. She is 5 lb 14oz, 18 3/4" long. She's gorgeous, totally healthy, and very spunky, calm and alert.