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The Homebirth of Leon

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 5:40 PM

At 8:30 p.m. we were watching a Bored to Death DVD, the episode called The Case of the Stolen Sperm - so funny this show. Contractions had been a little stronger than usual that night. We were timing them to see if they were regular and they were 10 minutes apart.

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Suddenly, I heard a pop and my water was gushing down my legs. I said to my husband, "something just happened." We knew what this meant. So, he called our CPM midwife and she said to call her back when the contractions were 3-4 minutes apart lasting about 45 seconds. From then on, the waves were getting stronger and more like 6-7 minutes apart. Maybe two hours later we were recording 4-5 minutes, lasting sometimes a minute long. He called the midwife again and she came over shortly thereafter. We stopped counting the minutes at this point.

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Our midwife, usually has an assistant with her but tonight the assistant had been called to another birth, so it would be just the three of us. I spent a lot of time in the shower at this time. The warm shower water helped a lot to relieve the discomfort I was feeling, and I kept it together by swaying my hips and focusing on what was going on inside my body, just like I had learned on my natural childbirthing classes (Bradley Method).

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Meanwhile, my husband was getting the birthing tub ready and came to check on me all the time. He kept me well hydrated the whole time, giving me coconut water and water to drink - calm and collected, ready to help...

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I was actually pretty calm and collected too, still able to say please and thank you (between contractions, that is). While contractions were happening I stayed quiet or let out deep "oooooo" sounds as I learned at our classes as well. My husband helped me remember to keep focused and to maintain a fluid rhythm while I visualized my cervix opening. Sometimes in my head it was a different story, but I didn't want to pay any mind to any of those insanities.

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My midwife arrived and helped get the birthing tub ready by getting more hot water. She then checked me and I was 5 cm dilated and the cervix very thin, she said. I felt discouraged because I was feeling so uncomfortable already and was hoping it was much much more advanced than that. Little did I know I was progressing very nicely, but only found this out after the baby arrived.

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My midwife went to sleep in the guest room for a while to gather energy - she had just arrived from another birth. I tried to get in the pool, but sitting down didn't feel good at all; it only pronounced the pain even more, so back to the shower I went. At some point I threw up a lot and the contractions changed intensity. They got stronger, and in a way I knew that the original sensations weren't coming back, that something had definitely changed and that I was closer to birthing.

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My midwife stayed close to us from this moment on. We were in the bedroom now and she would massage my back. She had such an amazing touch, she knew exactly how to comfort me. My husband had already prepared the whole room, by putting plastic sheets on the floor and bed. Then it came time to push. I tried the birthing chair and tried squatting and it was not happening yet, until I moved to our bed. I leaned my back against my husband's chest and would hang from his neck at the same time that I grunted - for an extra help to push this baby out.

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While trying to push efficaciously, I also tried to keep away any negative, fearful emotion that came to my head that could hinder my progress. During the approximately hour and half of pushing, I thought a lot about my grandmothers, who are now at peace, and asked them to guide me since they each birthed at home all of their children (eleven and four, respectively).

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At 5:30 in the morning, our baby arrived in this world, in all his beauty and glory, on my due date. My midwife placed him immediately on my chest and we all were marveling at the miracle that brings us all together. The baby didn't cry right away but later he did and it sounded a little like a baby goat.

A few minutes went by and we realized we didn't yet know the baby's gender, so my husband announced he was a boy. Leon. Then I delivered the afterbirth and it was a very smooth process. My husband cut the very thick umbilical cord once it stopped pulsating, and the midwife presented us with the placenta - what a beautiful organ, so healthy looking.

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After a while I went to the shower while the midwife checked Leon's apgar score, which was 9, and she dressed and weighed him (8 pounds of pure babyness). After eight and a half hours of labor, the love of our lives was finally here, and the sun was rising and all was well in our world.

Categories: Homebirth with CPM