Water Birth Story

About 7pm or 8pm that evening, I thought it had stopped completely. In fact our other close friend, Kelley and her husband and daughter came over to have dinner with us. I called my midwife and she said if they slowed down, I could take some chlorophullum -- a homeopathic form of blue cohosh. Between 8 and 10 p.m., she had me take two tablets every ten minutes. Boy, did that get things going!!

My last walk to the river was with my friend Kelley and my neighbor, Michelle. The contractions during our walk were coming every two minutes, but still not very intense. I was chatting and laughing the whole time. We got home at 10 p.m. and I called my midwife again and told her I thought things were really rolling. When she got to our house at 11 p.m. I was only 4 cm -- and that really bummed me out. There was nothing else to do, so Wendy, Kelley and I got in the hot tub at 11:45 p.m.

Pretty quickly after that, my water broke (my friend Kelley was in the tub with me-, and she got out pretty quickly!) and right after that I threw up over the edge of the tub. My midwife, who had decided to go to bed after I was only 4 cm came out to check on me. Contractions became more intense, but because of the water I was able to stay completely in control of each one. My husband was up by my head, my friends to my side, and Roberta (the midwife) sat at my other side. It was a beautiful night and also a full moon. I held on to the tub with my arms behind my head and was able to watch the clouds zoom by the moon in between contractions.

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