I have already posted a short message on this thread... but the other homebirth mum's thought some of you may like to read about April's birth in more detail. I hope it gives all the mums and mums to be strength to know that our bodies a capable of doing such wonderful things.
About the birth....
I had a show Friday morning... and had been having some strong braxton hicks for several days. Friday morning I had a general / period pain like feeling all over my tummy...
I set to work on an amazing curry... using all the fresh vegies in the fridge! I was stockpiling for the freezer, but thought I would have some for lunch to to speed things up! I told my husband, but no one else that I thought things were on the move.
About 3:30 in the afternoon I started getting regular 10 min apart contractions - no too painful though, but regular. I rang hubby and said he should probably get home sooner rather than later tonight. He was calm, and arrived home aobut 5pm.
By this time I was lying on the couch... had not felt scared or anything being on my own, and had not wanted to call anyone (sister, mum) though they would have loved me to! I had no thoughts of eating and just wanted to lay around on the couch. We rang Lynne our MW at about 6pm and told her things were happening. She said to try and get some sleep, or relax, have a bath whatever... just rest now. I couldn't sleep but had a long bath and back to the couch.
about 9:30 I wandered up to the bedroom and had really started going in to myself... hardly talking. I put my Jarmies on and got into bed. Contractions about 5 min apart. Chris ( my husband) was just hanging around.. actually tidying up our room, putting away clothes! I think it was his nesting instinct!
at about 10:30 I jumped to 2-3 min. apart with no or little break in between... I got a bit distressed as it really started to hurt.... and wanted Lynne. Chris rang and she arrived within 15 min. I was a bit teary at this stage. She started to rub my feet and just be there for us.
Soon we moved to the bathroom because I needed to go to the toilet. That was fun! Right down the other end of the house! What a walk that was! I had to stop mid hall way for the contractions! It took us a while but we got there.
At about 1:30 my waters broke ( on the toilet - very tidy!) Lynne asked me where I wanted to have this baby... so we made the journey back to our room.
It was pretty full on from here... I had no real urge to push, and was lying on my side on the bed. Lynne getnly mentioned that the baby was cruising along, good heart rate, and would probably like to stay in there forever if we didn't give it a hand! So we tried a new possition which helped. I was very vocal...(didn't think I would be) during contractions, and almost asleep in between, and even sometimes chatting quietly in between! When Lynne called the 2nd midwife I knew we must be getting close.... that was about 3:30 am.
This is when the hard work really began as I started to push... soon I had a feel of the little soft head... good encouragement... I really didn't think I was so close to having her... Our 2nd midwife Diana, very intuitively whispered to me - You can have this baby Rachel... that changed everything... I realised that I could! ... then Lynne said one more push like that and we'll have a nose! I couldn't believe it... they were all marvelling at the head... big chubby cheeks... gorgeous... it took a couple more contractions for the body to be born. I was on my knees on the floor leaning my chest on our bed. Lynne laid the baby down on the floor and said to me " just lean back and your baby is right here on the floor...
When I looked down her little eyes were wide open, and she was slowly moving her arms and legs... like swimming in the oxygen... I scooped her up.... and rather than being really emotional as I thought I would be.... I said to my husband "Get the camera!!!!"
He couldn't believe it but got it anyway!
we took a few picks with cord in tact... Chris cut the cord and then the MW's helped me into bed and left us to get to know our baby girl. They even made us cuppas and crumpets!!! wE had a beautiful first feed and then a big sleep .... all in our bed.
It's lovely to remember it all...