I Gave Birth at Home


I was still on all fours and had my hand down, waiting for the baby. As soon as I felt a shoulder, I hooked the baby under her armpit and pulled her up to my tummy as I rolled over onto my back. Comfortable at last!

And there was my little baby, Brook, looking up at me. She was born at 8:51 p.m. So long ago, and so like yesterday. It was the most powerful and successful moment of my life.

Response from a Lamaze Childbirth Educator
Dear Shannon,

What comes through loud and clear in your story is your confidence in your own ability to give birth. Your "total inability to get comfortable" was a powerful turning point in your labor, and the your freedom to use a variety of comfort measures is something that all women should have, regardless of where they give birth.

I was struck by the patience you and your midwife had during pushing -- and the wisdom of your midwife in helping you discover how to relax the muscles that seemed to be impeding your baby's descent. Perfect teamwork.

"The most powerful and successful moment of my life" sums up your birth -- hard work but incredibly empowering. Your confidence, your support and your freedom to tap into your inner wisdom all contributed to the birth of your beautiful baby.

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