Water Birth Story

All of a sudden I had the unbelievable urge to push. I tried to keep my body from pushing, but I couldn't. Roberta checked me and I was only 5 cm! That was at 12:45 a.m. The unbelievable part was that Sophie had not even come down into the birth canal yet -- she was still floating! I was very upset about this, and for a split second thought that I would end up in the hospital with a C-section.. But thanks to my wonderful support and to the water I was able to keep going. I gently pushed with each contraction and when Roberta checked me again at 1:00 a.m., I was 10 cm (in 15 minutes). Roberta at one point had said to me, "You aren't getting out of this tub are you?!" And I said, "No way."

So with another push, Sophie's head came out and I could touch it under the water. Her shoulders got stuck just a little bit and took a couple of pushes to get out. But out she came at 1:14 a.m. (29 minutes after I was only 5 cm dilated) and was immediately placed on my chest and wrapped in towels. She was just beautiful. After a minute or so, we looked to see what she was, and both my husband and I said, "It's a boy." Then when we looked again, we realized it was another little beautiful baby girl. She just looked at all of us with great big eyes. It was wonderful. We got out of the tub to deliver the placenta, then Roberta stitched me up. I did tear because her shoulders got stuck.

The most wonderful thing was that after everyone went home, Lee, Sophie and I just crawled into our bed together. We were already home. It was an amazing birth!

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