My amazingly intense water homebirth
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|Fri, 11-24-2006 - 3:28pm|
SUCCESS!! woohoo... it was a sucess and suprisingly I did not worry about it being at home for even one second!!
baby girl... unamed STILL
born November 22 aT 615 AM
9 pounds 4 ounces
21 3/4 inches long
14.5 inch head
14 inch chest
My water breaking woke me from a dead sleep. Contractions started about 10 minutes later.... My 2 year old had the stomach flu that had ended at 10pm the night before... I had promised her that she could nurse in the morning if she did not puke in the night... ugh, so I laid with her for those 10 minutes nursing her to fullfil my end of the bargin.
Here is the nuts and bolts...
water broke at 405 am
sporatic contractions started 10 minutes later
hard full blow every 1-3 minute contractions started at 430
called the midwives at 445
midwives arrived at 520 am
i was checked at 535 and was 4.5 cms
Contractions then went right on top of each other with no break
baby was born into my loving arms at 615 am after 2 pushes
It was the most intense labor of my four children. I loved loved loved that during those two pushing contractions I was able to become coherent enough to look around me and see my children with stunning smiles on their faces. I was able to tell my oldest that "this was her big moment... the one she has been waiting for" and I was able to see my 5 year old sons amazed eyes and to tell him that I loved him... I was able to see my 2 year old screaming BABY BABY BABY.... then I pushed again and our newest bundle had arrived....
I did have quite a bit of bleeding so the water was awful looking. My son asked why it was so red then split... giggle We allowed the placenta to stop pulsing and then my oldest two and my dh cut the cord. I delivered the placenta and was helped out of the tub and into my nice clean bed.... with all my children snuggled tightly next to us....
We hung out and nursed the baby while the midwives cleaned up. Then my dh took the kids to the kitchen to cook us all pancakes while the midwives checked me over... We then ate pancakes in bed with the midwives talking about what had just happened.
My son announced that he still wanted to go to school that day so that he could tell all of his friends about his new sister and to buy hot lunch... lol... so he got dressed the midwives took all the kids to the placenta and gave them a science lesson. My son then went off to school, I nursed my 2 year old to sleep and my 8 year old and I just stared in amazement at the baby and what had just happend....
I am just so amazed and blessed with my family!! I am so unbeleivably happy that we decided to go the homebirth route this time... it has been so nice not to be secluded from my children at this time and this event.... I think my oldest two will remember this forever.... and I am just so happy to revel in this babymoon in my own space...