I had the sheer delight of welcoming my third child and first baby girl into the world in the comfort of my own home; with my husband, mother, midwife and two assistants 5 years ago today. My water broke at 10 pm and I started contractions around 11:00 pm. I informed my husband; who had begun to make sure we had everything in place. I then called my midwife and mother to let them know that she’d be here soon. The first assistant showed up within 20 minutes and had begun to set up. The second assistant arrived about a half hour later; while my midwife came an hour later (because she lived the farthest away).
The atmosphere was calm and easy going. My husband had jazz playing in the background as the birthing team talked; and he and my mom laughed and shared stories about our boys. The contractions started at about 5 minutes apart; and then dropped to 4.5 minutes; and finally to 2.5 minutes for about the last hour and a half or so. I sat on the couch quietly rehearsing affirmations and visualizing a quick and easy birth.
Once the contractions became closer together, I went into the bathroom alone and continued my breathing exercises and even smiling through each one. My wonderful midwife came in a little while and asked me would I like company; to which I responded: “Sure!” I was on all fours and rocked with each wave. By this time, my birthing team had all made it to the birthing area. I was keenly aware of everyone. My husband sat on the birthing stool directly in front of me; while the assistants were on either side of me; and my midwife was in the back. My mom quietly sat in the living room praying.
As the contractions became more intense, I verbally began coaching myself to relax, let go and breathe. My midwife put pressure on my lower back; which seemed to cut the intensity of the contractions in half. As I felt the pressure of my precious baby girl bearing, down, I gave a push and out flew baby Hannah! I felt SO much better! Her father caught her and held her as the birth team cleaned her up. I laid on the bed and she was placed on my chest. Once the umbilical cord ceased pulsating, the midwife instructed my husband, as they worked together to clamp and tie off the umbilical cord.
The birthing team left out to the dining room to allow my husband and I to bond with our new baby girl. She was beautiful and very alert! She made little cute noises and found her way to my breast; and latched on like a pro! She nursed for a while and then I dozed off. When I’d awaken, she was once again in her father’s arms. He was enamored with this little cutie and called her his princess.
We went upstairs and I took what felt like the BEST shower of my entire life. The warm water felt amazing! After my shower, I got dressed and laid down in my own bed. It was heavenly. My birthing team completed paperwork for Hannah…..her birth certificate, foot prints, etc. We all guessed at Hannah’s weight. My husband was spot on and won with his 5 lbs, 11 oz. guess.
The boys awoke to find their new little sister and were thrilled. They got to hold her and kiss her ALL day long. As my husband got ready for work, he said: “I never thought about having a big family, but I really love it!” I love listening to them and watching them run around.” He then said that he could have more. I chose to focus on the first part of his statement; and act like he NEVER said that second part. I was quite content with my two boys and new little girl (at the time). God bless all of the mommies-to-be with a safe and uneventful birth. As always, have an excellent rest of your week.