Denise's birth story was used by permission from her blog:
thoughts of a modern day hippy mom
4th baby, 1st homebirth…amazing experience!
WARNING for friends and family, there is a graphic picture in my story. If you do not wish to see my vagina don’t scroll down:)
In September of 2010 to our surprise we found out that we would be expecting our 4th child. It was a bit of a shock but right away I started planning mybirth. I knew that I would be delivering our 4th child at home. Its somethingthat I really wanted!
I began called midwives in our area and thankfully we live in San Diego and have lots of options. I talked to a few midwives on the phone but just didn’t click with them while talking. Finally after about a week of
looking around I got a return call from a midwife that I had called her name was Brooke. I was so excited because we seemed to click great over the phone so we set up our consult and decided to meet.
I was about 5 ½ weeks pregnant when we first met our midwife. I knew from the moment I met her that she would be more like my friend than provider! Over the course of my pregnancy we got to know
each other really good and always had such great conversations when I went to my appt.
On June 2nd, 2011 41 weeks along I woke up sometime after 1am having some cramps and little contractions. I didn’t think much about it because I didn’t think it would be labor starting. I was able to fall back asleep until around 2:40 and then I was woken up with some pretty intense contractions. I woke up Chris and told him I was pretty sure I was going into labor!!
We both headed downstairs so I wouldn’t wake up the kids. The contractions were 5 min apart and lasting 1 min, very strong too! I used my birth ball for awhile and that helped with my pain. While sitting on my birth ball I called a few friends and set out text letting everyone know I was in labor. Once the ball didn’t help anymore I starting walking around and leaning on Chris for support when I would have contractions and that really helped.
At around 4:30 I told Chris to call the midwives and photographer because I knew for sure now I was in labor and that I was starting to hit transition because I was throwing up. He called them and they got to my house around 5am. While waiting on them to show up Chris got the tub filled so I could get some relief that way.
Once they got here I went upstairs with Sunshine and she wanted to check me to see where I was, to my surprise I was 9cm already and my bag was like right there about to break( I found out later I was actually 10 but since the baby was still high up she told me 9 so I would think it would be soon). I went back downstairs and got into the tub.
Brooke hooked up my IV since I was gbs positive and I was able to get a dose of the antibiotics. Korbin was still high up and needed to come down more. At around 6:30 I started pushing to move him down and that’s when things got very intense. My girls sat on the bottom of the stairs in awe of what was going on.
It was a great effort to climb the stairs and I ended up stopping half way because I had to push!
I finally got into my room and tried lying down in my bed but that was very painful and uncomfortable, so I decided to stand by the side of the bed for awhile and just push standing.
This made it easier to get through the contractions and pushing. After awhile he came down more and I was able to lay on my side in the bed and push on my side for awhile, it really helped me because in between contractions I was able to rest very well and regain some of my composure( I was losing it by this point lol).
I ended up moving to my back and pushing which was very helpful and brought him down a lot.
My midwife Brooke then suggested that I squat down holding onto the bedpost and push a few times in hopes that my water would break, it was hard to get out of the bed but I somehow found the strength!! I squatted down and pushed once and my water broke, right after my water broke I pushed a few times squatting but the pressure was so intense I had to lie back down.
Thankfully my friend Lyndsey make it just in the nick of time) my water broke around 8:18 and we welcomed Korbin David into this world at 8:32am!!! He was caught by his daddy and it was
definitely an amazing experience.
His head was delivered and I got a 5 minute break until the next contraction, his head was out and my little baby was starting to blink and just looking around at the big bright world. When my contraction finally came I pushed once and the rest of his body slid right out into his daddy hands. He was then placed on my chest and i was in love from the moment i saw him!
We then waited for the cord to stop pulsing and Chris cut it. Korbin turned OP(sunny side up) at the last minute and my midwives were surprised by this lol. After I got my little 1 degree tear stitched I got
comfortable in my bed and started nursing Korbin right away.
He nursed for a good 30-45 minutes and then my midwives took him to do the newborn exam. He got great scores 10/10, they allowed Chris to weigh him
and to our surprise he was 7lbs 6oz and 19 inches long, and head was 14 ½ inches.
We had all thought he would be in the 6lbs range but he sure tricked us. After they were done he was
given back to me and he nursed again and then we were tucked in by everyone and I got some rest, which wasn’t east since I had like a burst of energy and wanted to scream from the roof that I had my baby at home!!!
My homebirth was an awesome, amazing, empowering experience and I would do it all over again! I had
a great supportive husband which I couldn’t have done this without him! I also had a great supportive team and my friend who came right into the room with encouraging and positive words)
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