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|Wed, 12-26-2007 - 3:14pm|
The miracle of birth! What an experience! God is so faithful!
A week ago Sunday, Paul and I headed out for church...I was in the worst mood...4 days past my due date and I was so ready to hold my baby! When we got to church I realized that we forgot the baby bottles of change for the Pregnancy center...so I in my bad mood headed back home pouting that I still hadnâ€™t felt any hard contractions and that I had to go back to church and face everyone...on my way out to the car I thought "I wonder why God would have me go back home right now?...I donâ€™t really need to get the baby bottles but I just really donâ€™t want to be at church right now..."
When I got home I fiddled around wasting time, pouting, and then I sent out an email to my midwife. I wrote to her asking what I could take to try and get this baby out because we had company coming the next day and I had to have the baby before they arrived...then I wrote "I am having the hardest time trusting the Lord...I know He knows that I want to have this baby before company comes..."
Literally 30 seconds after I wrote the email I went to relieve myself before dragging myself back to church...MY WATER BROKE! Yay! God is so faithful and I am lacking so much faith! I was so excited and so nervous I didnâ€™t know what to do...I had the car at home and Paul was still at church...how was he going to get home...so finally I called Paul and he didnâ€™t answer...so I called the church 3 times and finally Pastor Tim answered and he sent Paul home.
Finally we called Amy to tell her that my water had broken around 9am. She said that she wanted to get this baby out so that I didnâ€™t have to be leaking water for much longer. She suggested doing an enema because I had been constipated. Then she said I should wait for contractions and if that didnâ€™t start them then I should take castor oil and follow it with Blue Cohosh. So at 12pm I did the enemaâ€¦and it wasnâ€™t that bad! After doing the enema I waited and I still didnâ€™t feel any contractions. So at 3pm I took the castor oil and went for a walk. Still nothing, so at 6pm I started 2 droppers full of Blue Cohosh every 15 minutes for an hour, and still nothing. At 7:30pm I called Amy and told her I had done everything I could to start labor and still nothing. She suggested I go to bed because the contractions would start before the night was over. So I went to bed at 8pm thinking there was no way I was going to have this baby tonight or anytime soon because I felt NOTHING!
We had waited all day for labor to start! And finally at 10pm labor kicked in! Paul and I started timing the contractions at 6 minutes apart lasting 30-45 seconds! How exciting! But very uncomfortable! I was doing okâ€¦I could handle theseâ€¦I was thinking â€œthis isnâ€™t too badâ€. Paul ended up falling back to sleep while I attempted to sleep in between contractions. Finally the contractions started coming about 4 minutes apart and lasting about a minute at 1am...it was time to call the midwife! Boy, was I ready to beat these contractionsâ€¦it was time to find a new positionâ€¦I was getting really uncomfortable.
The midwives arrived at 3:45am and they checked me and I was 100% effaced and dilated about 5 centimeters...I was sooooo disappointed because I wanted to be 8 centimeters! The midwives told me to try the pool for a different positionâ€¦well that didnâ€™t work for me. I couldnâ€™t get a comfortable position to feel that I was still in control. So I labored for a few more hours pushing my birth ball into the bed, rocking back and forth, and BREATHING. Paul kept pressure on my hips with every contraction and it really helped! Labor got harder and my contractions got longer...every other contraction was like double time...every other one lasting two minutes...they were painful but I could still do this! The midwife checked me again at 6am and I was finally 8 centimeters...within the next half hour I felt it...the urge to PUSH! Yay! It was finally time! So at around 6:30am I started to push on the birth stool...when the head came out Amy realized that the shoulders were stuck. So I moved carefully but quickly to my knees so Amy could reach in while I pushed the body out and within the next few minutes Paul and I were looking at our sleeping Lily...oh how precious! And I did it! We were able to welcome our 8lbs 11oz baby Lily into her own home. She nursed right away and didnâ€™t leave my arms for hours! Paul and I were so proud and excited to finally have what we had been waiting for...for two and half years! God is so faithful and gracious that He would trust us with this beautiful gift of our Lily Elizabeth!
After delivering the placenta the midwife told us that my placenta was bad, meaning that I wasnâ€™t absorbing nutrients well, but that the baby was perfectly fine. Also Amy told us that the placenta had a second lobe which meant there was a start of a second placentaâ€¦TWINS?? She said there may have been a twin at one pointâ€¦
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