Cameron is here

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Cameron is here
Mon, 12-04-2006 - 2:18pm
Cameron decided to make his appearance on Nov. 24, his due date.  I was hoping to get past Thanksgiving at least, since we had family over to our house, and I figured it might be kind of hard with a newborn or if I were in labor.  Luckily, he must have known, and decided to wait it out.  My contractions started around 5:30 am that morning, but were very spaced out and mild all day.  Probably around 4:45 pm or so I started timing them online, and noticed they were getting closer together.  At 5:30, I decided to call my midwife, just to give her the heads up, and she told me to eat, try to nap, and call her back at 9.  I did eat, but napping was out of the question, as the contractions hurt more if I was laying down.  My DH got kids to bed around 8:30 or so, and they went right to sleep (kind of a shocker really!).  9 came, and I called Kerri, and she asked if I was ready for her to come, and I said I would feel better if she was here.  DH then called his mom and my mom, and around 9:30, Kerri, DH's mom, and DH's aunt all got here about the same time.  At this point I was sitting on my exercise ball leaning on our big wicker hamper at the end of the bed.  I was breathing through the contractions, which were I guess around 3 minutes apart.  Kerri checked my BP, and listened to the baby's heart, and all was well.  Then my mom and one of my sisters arrived.  Everyone was in my bedroom just standing there, and I felt like a watched pot.  They would be chattering, and during a contraction, that really irritated me.  I must have given DH a look, because finally, he said, "okay, everyone out".  Good for him.  After a bit, Kerri asked if I was ready for her to fill my bathtub, and I said yes.  In the meantime, every now and then, one of the mom's would come in to see how I was doing, and then disappear again.  Finally the tub was filled.  Kerri asked if I wanted her to check my dilation, and I told her I didn't really, as I was scared that if I weren't very far along, it would really discourage me.  So, I went ahead and got in the tub.  DH lit the candles in the wall candle thing, and Kerri turned out the bathroom lights, so it was nice and relaxing in there.  I had DH turn on my CD that I had burned, and it was really nice.  I'm not really sure how long I was in the tub, but the contractions started to come around 1 minute apart, and my lower back and upper legs would burn during them, which I hadn't anticipated.  Between contractions, Kerri would wipe my face and neck with a cold washcloth, which felt really nice in contrast with the hot bath.  The contractions were definately picking up in intensity, and I was starting to feel pressure in my bottom, but just kind of went with it.  After a few more, I had this one contraction, and it wasn't letting up.  I said "this one isn't going away", and about that time, my body just started to bear down.  I have read about that with many of yalls birth stories, but until I experienced it, had no idea exactly how powerful that feeling is.  I had absolutely no control over it, and I said as much, and Kerri just told me to go with it.  She suggested getting on hands and knees, so I flipped over during the small break that I had, and then I was pushing again.  Until this point, I had completely forgotten about my water breaking, and Kerri said, "If I break your water, this baby will come".  So I said, sure, go for it.  Shortly thereafter, his head was out, and with the next contraction, out came the rest of him.  She passed him under me so I could sit and hold him.  Then everyone came in to see him.  I didn't know it at the time, but apparently my mom had come in to check on me right about the time I flipped onto my hands and knees, so she was there when he was born, along with my DH (of course).  He was born at 11:32 pm.  After about 25 minutes or so, the cord stopped pulsing, and I felt really crampy, and the placenta was ready to come out.  Pushing that out was almost as uncomfortable as pushing out the baby, but not quite as painful.  Then DH cut the cord.  He took to the breast pretty much right away, and has been nursing well ever since.  He weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz, and was 22 1/2 inches long.  Out of all my births, this one was the most intense (of course it was the only unmedicated one), and it was absolutely incredible.  I did have to have a couple of stitches, right along my old episiotomy scar line, but oh well.  Oddly enough, I am rather emotional about the whole thing, wishing I could replay that day.  I don't remember feeling this way with the other two...who knows, hormones I guess.  I doubt we will have any more children, but if for some reason we do, I would definately do it this way again. 


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Mon, 12-04-2006 - 3:28pm
Congrats on your new baby! It sounds like you had a really beautiful experience. Giving birth is so cool, that even though I thought I only wanted one baby, I want to do it again!
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Mon, 12-04-2006 - 4:09pm


Thanks for sharing your birth story, it is beautiful.


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Wed, 12-06-2006 - 3:27pm

How exciting!

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Sat, 12-09-2006 - 12:07am

Congratulations! What a wonderful, lovely birth story! Thank you for sharing. I definetely remember more about my unmedicated water births (from specific sequence of events to detailed emotions) than I do from my first 2 hospital medicated babies. Granted....those ones were 10 and 9 years ago....but something tells me there is a big difference when it comes to how the births have been engrained in my memory!

Enjoy your family :)

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Mon, 12-11-2006 - 6:12pm
Congratulations Lindsay, and welcome baby Cameron! Thank you for sharing your birth story. I absolutely love reading birth stories, and totally know what you mean about wanting to replay the birth. I wish I could, too.
--Liz, proud mommy of 5 boys, and 1 girl, the last 3 born at home

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Sat, 12-08-2007 - 12:37am

Thank you for a wonderfull story and congratulations.

I want a home birth and stories like yours make me want one even more.

Thank you for sharing,


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Wed, 12-12-2007 - 6:55pm

That's a wonderful story! I know what you mean about your whole body bearing down. It's totally involuntary. I felt like I needed to go poop BAD, and since I had just been checked and was only 3 cms my midwives felt the same. It really is the weirdest feeling. I also know what you mean about wanting to replay the experience. I guess it's because home birth is so empowering, because as painful as my back labor was I wish I could replay it.

Birth is so amazing!


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Fri, 12-14-2007 - 4:42pm

Congratulations on Cameron's healthy arrival!!! It sounds like his birth was just wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Isn't it funny how sentimental we can be about birth? I'm like that. I still get teary eyed when I think about my last one. :o)

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