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Old 04-30-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Farrah Grace's beautiful homebirth

I started having contractions on my Older child's birthday (12-13) and I got really nervous that they would share a birthday. I didn't want that. I wanted them to each have their own day. I meditated all evening and thankfully the contractions stopped.

On 12-15, my EDD, I was having more contractions. They weren't painful or uncomfortable at all so I just ignored them. At about 3 pm they started to get noticeable. Again, not painful at all. They started getting regular, about every 6 minutes lasting a minute. I could still talk and laugh through them so I knew I had a while to go. At about 8 pm I called my midwife and doula to let them know I was having contractions and just wanted to give them a heads-up that I might be calling them in the middle of the night
My parents-in-law were watching our 2 year old at the time so we just told them to keep her until we called.

At 8:30 pm my doula arrived. I thought she was nuts for coming so early, I was watching The Hangover with my husband and laughing and having a great time. I took a shower and it felt good to run the warm water on my back.

Pretty soon I had to start moaning through the contractions. They still weren't painful yet so I figured I had hours of this to go. My husband started filling up the birth pool and I just kept thinking everyone was crazy and getting way ahead of themselves. All of a sudden I got very serious and my mind shifted into concentration mode. I blocked out everything around me and just labored and rested in between.


At 10:00 pm the birth pool was full and ready to go and by that time the contractions were getting pretty painful. I felt like I was going to vomit. My doula got me a bowl in case I did.


I crawled my way from the couch to the birth pool and stripped off my clothes slowly. I slid into the tub and it felt AWESOME! The water just relaxed my body.



I started to get the ''I can't do this!'' and yelling very loudly during contractions. I am so glad my 2 year old wasn't there because I know it would have scared her. I did originally want her there for the birth but it just happened that she was at my parents-in-law at the time and I'm glad it worked out that way.
A deep fear came over me. I don't know what it was about or even why I was scared, I was just filled with fear.
DH was doing counter pressure which felt pretty good.




I heard my doula on the phone with my Midwife asking her how long until she would get there and hurry up because I was going quickly and she thought the baby would be here really soon. I still thought she was crazy I had a 25 hour HARD labor with my first child.

My midwife's apprentice arrived. (She lives closer to me than my midwife)
and she started setting up and told me I was probably crowning at that point. She put her hand in the water and just felt around, not internally and said ''Yep. Baby's head is right there'' and I couldn't believe it.


Then the burning feeling came. My midwife had arrived by then. I felt a pop and knew my water broke. She told me to put my hand down there and feel my baby. I was scared. I resisted. Finally I gave in and put my hand down there and felt her head right there! It was so surreal. Then I felt her tiny little hair floating around in the water and I yelled ''I FEEL HAIR!!'' and everyone giggled.


I really didn't want to push. I don't know why. But then my body started doing it for me.


My midwife was trying to find the baby's heartbeat with a doppler and tried for about 20 minutes. She couldn't find it so she started getting out the Neonatal Resuscitation equipment that we had pre-set up. My husband freaked out. She kept it really quiet so I never even noticed.
Then her head was out! The cord was wrapped 3 times tightly around her neck and it ran up her back. My midwife told me I had to push as hard as I could and fast and do it for my baby. I did. I used every ounce of strength in my body and she came out quickly.
At 10:43 pm she was born.



Thank the Universe she was fine. Not even a hint of blue. She pinked right up and was crying. It was music to my ears. I finally got to meet the little person I grew and felt moving inside me for 40 weeks. I dreamed of this moment.
We didn't cut the cord for 25 hours after birth.
My favorite picture



Daddy held her while I pushed out the placenta. I tend to hemorrhage and have very low blood pressure so my midwife was watching me like a hawk. I did end up needing an injection of Pitocin.



First time she latched on about 30 minutes after birth


In my herb bath about 2 hours after birth. You can see the 'placenta package' all wrapped up on the edge of the tub.


With daddy, again the placenta package



Getting weighted



Farrah Grace
12/15/09
10:43 pm
8 lbs 8 oz
21 inches

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Old 04-30-2010, 07:40 PM   #2
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beautiful! I love all the photos. What a great gift for Farrah when she gets older.
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wait it (placenta) took 25hrs to stop pulsating?



AMAZING birth story by the way.
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great birth story and photos mama!!! congrats!!!!
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Wonderful story and great photos...they pull you right in and make me feel like I was there! Who was taking the photos?
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Thank you everyone! It was truly amazing.

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wait it (placenta) took 25hrs to stop pulsating?



AMAZING birth story by the way.
No it didn't. We did a lotus birth where you wait until the cord starts to dry up. It's physiological cord closure.

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Wonderful story and great photos...they pull you right in and make me feel like I was there! Who was taking the photos?
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Wow, awesome story!
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Wow! Congratulations mama. Awesome birth story and nice pics
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What an amazing story.


Thank you so much for sharing. I am really craving a homebirth now
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Beautiful

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