Years ago I became obsessed with reading birth stories. I found hundreds online and I would read a few every day. I loved learning about all the different experiences, the different “normals” for people, and getting a peek into one of the most important times in a human life. Reading these birth stories was part of what inspired me to become a doula. After I gave birth to Sweet Pea, I wrote nearly three pages detailing the whole event and my feelings about everything that happened, and I have told my birth story many times. However, for me, the birth was a private event, and I don't think I want to share it with the world wide web in its entirety. I will share that it was a challenging, joyous, and powerful experience for me, and leave you with these facts:
Our baby was born Thursday, February 26, at home in the water.
She weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces, and was 22.5 inches long.
Her heartbeat was checked regularly with a Doppler throughout labor, and I had one blood pressure check but those were the only monitoring methods my midwives used with me besides watching and talking to me.
My birth attendants were: my husband, my sister, my best friend, and my two wonderful midwives, one of whom came straight from another birth to be with me, while pregnant herself.
Labor began with my water breaking a little after 1:00 A.M. Around 3:00 or 4:00, contractions started to get hard. Around 5:30 I got into the tub in our dining room, about two hours later I started feeling “pushy,” and at 8:50 A.M. I pushed her out! It was one of the shortest labors I have been to.