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On Saturday November 24 2001 my husband and I spent the day putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. By about 6:00pm I was feeling tired and a little crampy. I figured that I had spent too much time on my feet. On Sunday I felt much the same. I went for a long walk on Sunday, but that didn’t trigger any contractions. On Monday I had a midwife appointment with K. I told her about the cramps and she checked the baby’s position. She felt that the baby was 2/5 engaged and that my cervix was soft and thinned to about 1.5 cm thickness. On Tuesday I had the occasional contraction, but nothing worse than menstrual cramps. Bloody show also started that day.
On Wednesday I didn’t feel any contractions in the morning so I went for a walk. The walk didn’t bring on any contractions and I was starting to feel discouraged. My sister-in-law brought over some lunch. I went for another walk in the afternoon. I had three contractions that were strong enough to make me pause. I went home after about half an hour. When I got home I tried some nipple stimulation for about half an hour, but the contractions were getting too uncomfortable. From Wednesday afternoon onwards I was running to the bathroom every 10 minutes to pee. The cramping in my cervix was getting more uncomfortable, but my back hurt worse. I spent the rest of the afternoon on the couch on my side with a back massager. I started to make dinner at about 5:00 pm , but I had to stop and get my husband to finish it. I went back to the couch. During dinner I had to stop eating because I couldn’t sit. I had my husband cut up my dinner into small pieces so I could stand and eat. The contractions were still irregular, about 5 – 7 minutes apart and only one out of every three or four were strong enough to stop me from doing things. At about 8:00 pm we paged K to talk to her about our progress. She suggested that I have a glass of wine to relax. I went to bed at 9:00 pm after having a glass of white wine. My back was really sore. I was lying on my side. I had to get up every 10 minutes to go to the bathroom. For the rest of the night I was up and in the bathroom frequently. I slept very little if at all.
At about 3:00 am I woke up and was hungry (unusual for me). I went downstairs and had a powerbar and a small glass of milk. I went back to bed. Sometime later I woke up feeling kind of nauseous. At about 4:30 am I was lying on my back and I felt (heard?) a pop around my cervix. I didn’t feel any liquid. I got up to go to the bathroom and didn’t notice any liquid. I was wearing a pantyliner because of the bloody show, so it is possible that I just didn’t notice. In the bathroom I vomited. I went back to bed for a while. At about 5:30 am I woke up again and decided to have a bath because my back was hurting so much. I let the water out of the bath at 6:00 am and vomited again. My husband took me back to bed and we discussed whether or not to call K. We decided to call K at 6:45 am and she was at our house at 7:20. I was lying on my side on the bed when she came. She checked my vitals and checked my dilation. I was 7 cm.
The next four hours were a big blur for me. I remember the Doppler being used to check the baby’s heartbeat frequently. I remember spending some contractions on the toilet. My husband would hold my hand every time a contraction would hit. The midwives were very supportive and encouraging. When I started to feel the urge to push I moved back to the bedroom. I remember spending time on the toilet, birthing stool, and supported squat, but I don’t remember which order. I remember being able to feel Jackson’s head while he was still inside me. It was so warm and soft. When I was close to pushing him out I moved to the bed so that my husband could catch Jackson. My husband stayed beside me until the very end, then the back up midwife came on the bed beside me and my husband caught the baby and brought him up to my chest. This was at 11:16 am. I remember him being covered right away. We didn’t even check to see if he was a boy or a girl for about a minute. I was given a shot of oxytocin and delivered the placenta within 7 minutes of Jackson being born. K then stitched up some minor lacerations. This was by far the most painful part of the whole experience. I then went in the bath with Jackson. He was really awake and looking around. Once the midwives had cleaned up the bedroom they took Jackson back to the bedroom with my husband and they measured him. I came out of the bath and settled in the bed. Jackson fed hungrily. K stayed for lunch and left at about 3:30 pm. K came back to check on us later that evening.
My husband and I were very pleased with how the whole birth went. We both felt very empowered by the whole experience. We both felt that we were in control of the birth and were kept informed as things progressed. We couldn’t have expected a better birth experience. For our next child we would definitely have a midwife attended homebirth again.
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