We had our baby, and we’re going to share with you exactly how it happened – the birth process that is, you already know how the pregnancy happened.
It all started at 5am. I was sound asleep when I heard the words, “my water just broke.” Katie was already on her way to the bathroom by that point, and after recovering from my mild heart attack I came in to see how she was. My heart was racing so fast as she explained to me that she felt like Jackson jumped inside her and then she felt her water burst.
This is it. This is really it.
That’s what I kept thinking as I paced around the house trying to figure out how I could be useful.
At this point contractions hadn’t started yet, but she called the midwife to tell her that the water had definitely broke. The midwife said she would be at our house at 7:30am just to check on things, but to call her sooner if contractions started.
Contractions came at 5:30am. Painful ones. That was a good sign. A sign that things were moving quickly. The midwife was here by 7:20. At that point contractions were coming very regularly (every 3-4 minutes). She checked Katie and found that she was 7cm dilated and 90% effaced.
This is it. This is really it.
If you are wondering why the midwife was coming to our house, it is because we were having a home birth. We did it with our other son, and loved the experience. It is definitely not for everyone (it’s not even really an option if you have a high risk pregnancy), but for those who want a more calming and natural birth experience, it is definitely the way to go.
In addition to having a home birth, Katie also prefers a water birth. That means she is in a pool or tub of warm water during labor and the baby is born underwater. After the midwife arrived, I helped her set up the birthing tub, and Katie got in…
It was about 8:25am when Katie got in the birthing tub and discovered that the water was a little too cold. The tub was so large it took all the hot water we had! Yikes!
The only thing we could think of to remedy the situation was to boil water. Talk about old fashioned.
A few minutes after getting the water on the stove, Katie’s contractions got even more painful and she started feeling like Jackson was super low. Katie asked if it was okay to start pushing and the midwife enthusiastically responded with a, “YEAH!”
There were a few pushes and by 8:45am Jackson had arrived. The boiling water on the stove never even made it to the tub.
We were all amazed that it happened so fast. Katie was just relieved. It was over and she could finally hold the baby that had been in her for the past 39 weeks. One of the things I love about home births is that they are big on skin-to-skin contact with the mother and newborn. As soon as the baby is delivered they place him/her on the mother. No cleaning, no poking, no suction (unless needed).
Shortly after that I cut the umbilical cord. Okay, now it is starting to feel real.
After a few minutes of bonding time, I took Jackson and helped Katie get out of the tub and into our bedroom. At this point things got pretty relaxed. We’re in our own home so we’re free to grab a snack, coffee, etc. I can’t even describe how much I love this aspect of the home birth experience. Katie’s mom, sister, and sister-in-law were there for the birth so they helped out with our other kids while we got to spend precious time bonding with our new baby boy.
So far he has been a great baby. Of course we are sleep deprived, but by now (our third child) we don’t even seem to mind the temporary inconvenience in exchange for the joy we get when we hold our little guy.
We feel incredibly blessed to have been given another healthy child, to have a home birth experience with no complications, and to have family and friends all around us. The support we have had has been amazing.
Thank you God for your mercy that you pour out over and over. We really don’t deserve it.