Most women love a good birth story. I’ve been reminiscing over mine the last few days and missing the newborn snuggles. I figured I would share my most recent birth story!
Thursday (2/22) I had an appointment at the birth center (2:30pm) I was 40w+3d & at the risk of not being able to deliver there, we decided to try a membrane sweep.
Came home, felt fine. Played outside with Abigail & we took a walk around the neighborhood.
I was having some light cramping from the membrane sweep, but no contractions. Went on about my evening as normal.
Fast forward to about 11:45pm. I was laying on the couch and felt a light pop. There was no leaking, so I didn’t think anything of it. Then another pop. This time I decided to stand up & go to the bathroom. I peed, no water leaking. About ten minutes later I had to pee again. This time I had mucus plug & bloody show. I wasn’t really concerned because bleeding is normal after a sweep. But then the cramping started & was rapidly getting worse. Contractions were 5-10 minutes apart & about 35 seconds long. I called my midwife & told her I wanted to wait at home a little longer. I got in the shower to see if it would help take the edge off. The contractions were super strong from the beginning, but I still wasn’t sure if I was in labor or just having bad cramps from the sweep. Austin asked if I thought it was time to go, I said no, I want to wait a bit longer. He wasn’t convinced but we waited. I got out of the shower, tried a Miles Circuit and got on my birth ball. Austin starting timing contractions for me & they were coming about every 3 minutes lasting 1 minute. I was doing hip rolls, trying to ease the contractions, which were almost unbearable, & my water broke (around 2:30am). I knew then, it was time to go. I called my midwife & doula, telling them we would be at the birth center within the next hour.
Austin called his mom, she ran over. My mom had arrived and we woke up Abigail. We packed up the car and everyone was ready except me. Haha
The contractions were so strong & quick I couldn’t do anything but bounce on my birth ball. Austin was worried we were going to have a home birth instead. I finally got myself together enough to walk out the door. The drive there was AWFUL! It was all I could do to make through each surge. I was almost convinced I couldn’t make it through the pain.
We arrived at the birth center at 3:50am. My midwife checked me and I was at a 6! I was so relieved to be making progress. Contractions were coming right on top of each other and were fierce. I was ready to throw in the towel, thinking I couldn’t make it another few hours in that much pain. I had an awesome support team that kept telling me how wonderful I was doing & that I had this!!. We started a shower & right before I got in I had an intense urge to push. My midwife said, no shower! I had progressed to a 9.5 in the 20 minutes since we arrived. It go time! I got on the bed and with each surge I pushed our baby girl earthside. 💞 the pain was out of this world, but I knew we were so close to meeting her. Austin was there, in my ear whispering, you’ve got this, you’re doing great, we’re almost there. When I felt the ring of fire, i pushed through and her head was out! I took a break between contractions and with the next one she was born. Feeling her body slide out was amazing and I was flooded with relief. She was immediately placed on my chest and I looked at Austin and kept saying, “I did it. We did it!” I was overwhelmed with all kinds of emotion. Our second baby girl was born 2/23 @ 4:34am weighing 7lbs 15oz & 19.5 inches long. We were home within 11 hours of arriving at the birth center.