I went downstairs, to see how things were going with setting up the birthing pool (this was an inflatable kid's swimming pool, the one with the fishes). Sander was almost finished pumping in the air. This had been a lot more work than we had anticipated. Next time we'll use an air compressor! I laid down on the bed. The contractions were definitely getting stronger and I even had to start using vocalizing to get through them. I was looking forward to being in the birthing pool, as this seemed like the right time to do that.
Sander filled the tub and my contractions got much harder to manage. I also was very nauseous, but I was sure this couldn't be transition yet, I just hadn't had enough hard labor yet (another deja vu from last year). I was now at the stage in which I wasn't able to handle the contractions very well any more, but luckily the tub was finally filled. A strange thing happened during these contractions, I was shaking in between them. This was a new thing; it had never happened during any of my other births. I also had never heard of it. I have heard of the shaking after delivery, but this was in-between my labor contractions. Strange! It stopped when I went in the tub.
I waited until the next contraction was over and then walked over to the pool. Before I was submerged the next contraction hit, but it was much easier to handle in the pool. The pool worked out great, and provided much more room than the bath tub! The contractions hit really hard now, but I didn't have to wait long before the baby was moving down and decided to be born. Her head came out during a contraction and I had to wait for the next one for the rest of her body. That was a weird experience to see her head sticking out of me underneath the water! We felt for a cord around the neck, but she wasn't out far enough yet. With the next contraction she was born. She had her cord around her neck, but we could just flip her over to unwrap it. Sander caught her and put her on my chest. I checked between her legs and found out that we had another girl! Sander said 'Welcome Jane!'
This went really quick! I think I was in the pool for less than 20 minutes before she was born. And I am not sure about the labor length, since it was so on and off, but I am sure it was not more than an hour of hard labor altogether. I liked that!
We admired her for a while and then I got out of the pool. We cut the cord and got some cord blood and then waited to deliver the placenta. The midwife arrived just when it was plopping out, so at least this time she made the delivery of the placenta. When she arrived, Sander went outside to greet her. She didn't believe him when he told us that the baby was born already. I remember on our prenatal last week, she told us that she had never missed 2 births of the same person. Well, now she has!
I was glad that Mary was there! I watched the video of the birth that she made and it brings back such fond memories. And it is nice to see it from the other side for the first time.
I went onto the bed we had made up downstairs and tried to nurse Jane. She nursed for a little while, but not too long. The midwife checked the placenta, 3 vessels in the cord and all was perfect! She also checked me -- no tears at all!!!
Then she did the newborn exam and found out that Jane was 7 lbs 8 oz (the heaviest of our kids, as the other ones were around 7 lbs) and she was 20 inches. Everything was OK with her.
I had a shower and when I was clean again, I went downstairs and that was when Tara woke up. So she met her new baby sister. She was not sure about everything, especially not about Mary and the midwife, but she was fascinated by the baby and kept checking her own belly. I guess she remembered me talking about the baby in my belly the whole time, so who knows, maybe she thought there would be a baby in her belly too.