Leo’s Birth: Positive Home Birth Story
Hayley mentioned she would arrive at 6pm and I couldn’t wait! Around 5:30pm I was becoming much more vocal with each contraction and also couldn’t wait for Ella to go to sleep (her bedtime was also 6pm) so I wasn’t alone anymore and Aaron could join me.
Aaron put Ella to bed and joined me in the room and helped rub my back during contractions. Then Hayley arrived and it felt like this was really happening – as if the contractions all day & my water breaking didn’t convince me already ha!
Hayley offered to check me and I said I would like that and I was 100% effaced and 5-6 centimeters dilated. She mentioned I could get in the birth pool now at anytime and that I was officially in Active Labor and there was no stopping me now! Aaron went to fill the birth tub and then helped me walk across the house into the bedroom on the otherside of the house. We set up our office / guest room as a birthing room which we cleaned and cleared out since we are moving soon. So it was the perfect space to birth and on the opposite side of the house as my daughter’s room – which was important to me so that she was okay and slept well. Our home birth room had a bed, our birth pool, candles and soft music.
I really didn’t want to leave the comfort of my bedroom but when I got the “birth room” it was so relaxing. I got in the pool and at first it was uncomfortable and I didn’t know how to lay or sit. I was having horrible back pain. I had the same back pain when I gave birth to Ella. Even though our baby was in a perfect position for some reason I just have really painful contractions in my back when I give birth. I ended up sitting on my knees so I could rest my head on the side of the pool.
From here things progressed quickly & I could tell I was entering transition. I am very vocal when I birth and at this point was saying things like “no no no no” & “I don’t like this”. I am grateful for my midwife who reminded me during contractions to breath my baby down and take low deep breaths which helped at times when my vocals were more high pitched. I could literally feel my body relax better and him move down when I shifted from high pitched tones (yells let’s be honest) to a deeper “moo” like sound and shifted my breath down & out. Soon I started to feel and say something along the lines of “he’s coming!” because I felt him so low. He wasn’t yet, but he was close! My midwife checked me in the pool and I was at 8-9 centimeters.
PUSHING & WELCOME TO THE WORLD!
The midwives stayed for a few hours tending to me and the baby, doing all the standard assessments to make sure everyone is stable. They left around 12:30am. I ate oatmeal, a larabar and drank water. It took a few tries to get Leo to latch and breastfeed but eventually he did and nursed a few times before the midwives left.
We put Leo in jammies, swaddled him and brought him into our room to all fall asleep together. I didn’t sleep much that night, I maybe slept 1.5 hours. It’s hard to sleep after the adrenaline of birth even if you are exhausted – at least that is my experience. However, it felt so good to just lay in my own bed, with my eyes closed, experiencing no pain or contractions.