My HBAC baby has arrived!

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Registered: 02-08-2007
My HBAC baby has arrived!
Thu, 02-08-2007 - 10:16pm

Michael Alton was born 1-24-07 (also my birthday!) at 12:11 p.m. He was born at home after less than 5 hours of labor! Only 21 minutes of pushing and no tears (or 'roids! YAY)! Woohoo!
He was - 10 lb, 1 oz
- 22 1/2 inches long
Basically I woke up at 7:15am after Michael punched my bladder REALLY hard, went to the bathroom and saw I'd totally lost my plug and had been feeling a few contractions.........

DH left for work at 7:45, I called him at 8:10 and told him to get back home.... He got home at 8:35 and we left for my midwife appt. that was at 9AM.... When I got there, I was already at a 4cm and 100% effaced and working REALLY hard through my contractions (I really don't remember much of the visit even though we were there for almost an HOUR!)...... on the ride home, I was in TRANSITION already! (Yeah, less than 3 hours after starting cx!)......

When I got home, I tried the birth ball and was yelling out stuff like "JESUS, OPEN IT UP - OPEN UP MY CERVIX! LORD HELP ME THROUGH THIS CONTRACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" as loud as possible and wouldn't let DH help me at all... my mom came and got our 20 month old DD, I took a quick shower and then stationed myself on the toilet.... then I had DH call the midwives to go ahead and come over...

by the time the first midwife got there, I was pushy feeling..... but not pushing yet... Eventually, she convinced me to get off of the toilet at 11:45... I started pushing at 11:50 (on the edge of my bed with one leg up on the side of the box spring and the other on the floor) and pushed for 21 minutes.... and out popped little Michael! It was NOTTTTTT even close to as bad as I thought it would be at ALL!! In fact, on the video, a few minutes after the birth I said "Oh my gosh! I thought that was going to be so much harder! Is that weird?!" lol

I felt like pushing my placenta out within a few minutes after the birth and my midwives obliged. :) I did faint momentarily when trying to go to the bathroom a while after the birth and as a precaution, my midwives gave me oxygen and a shot of pitocin to get my uterus to do its thing after the birth (I didn't hold the baby a whole lot right after I fainted, so my uterus wasn't contracting like it would've been if he'd been nursing).... Anyway, all was well and the midwives were FANTASTIC!

Anyone in the west Texas area should certainly seek out the services of Motherly Way Maternity Services! :) Kelli and Shanna (and their apprentice Mel) were absolutely WONDERFUL!!!)

This has been a healing and surreal experience! My DD was born via C/S after 42 hours of labor (water broke prior to cx) due to posterior positioning and a cocked head (she was an attempted natural birth center birth, so the C/S was very disappointing to me!)...... so we were shocked that this one went off without a hitch and SO quickly!

Here are some links to some pics!
Here he is moments after birth:

Here we are a few minutes later!


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Registered: 10-27-2005
Fri, 02-09-2007 - 11:49am

What an awesome, inspiring HBAC story!

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Registered: 06-01-2006
Sun, 02-11-2007 - 11:53pm

What a beautiful birth story and what a cutie! Wishing you well as you and your family settle in.


Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker
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Registered: 09-18-2004
Tue, 03-27-2007 - 1:10am


Your story has really inspired me to do a home birth with my next child. My daughter was born emergency c-section after 28 hours of labor, she was sunny-side up and wouldn't emerge into the birth canal. I had almost a drug-free labor before the c-section (they gave me a shot of nubain) and was REALLY wanting a natural, ummedicated birth.

I sort of feel/felt like I failed because I had a c-section. The thing that keeps me from becoming too depressed about it is looking at my 12 month-old and knowing that nothing else matters but the fact that she's here and healthy. However, I know that I am going to try my hardest to be prepared for a natural, hopefully home birth.

I'm scared that I won't be able to do it, like maybe I'm unable somehow to deliver vaginally, and without medication. I know that this is probably rubbish and that if I just have the right people there and the right mindset, I will be able to achieve the kind of birth that I really want.

Anyway, I know I'm rambling. I just wanted to tell you that you're previous birth sounded a lot like mine and you have inspired me to push for a home birth. Thank you for the wonderful story and inspiration.

Enjoy your new boy!