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Lauren's Home water birth (pics-minor TMI)
November 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I had a couple contractions an hour all day on Halloween. I was 41+1 so finally having something happen was encouraging. Jay put Trent to bed and ran to the store for a few things and I went to bed after a bath about 10pm.

Trent woke up at 1am and despite Jay trying he never went back to bed. About 1:30 I had a really intense contraction that was hard to handle laying down, the next contraction my water broke. I changed and spent a while handling them on hands and knees and then got in the tub. When the tub wasn't working I had Jay call my doula because I didn't want to deal with contractions by myself anymore (he was entertaining Trent). My doula (M) showed up about 3am and contractions slowed down. I thought for sure that things were petering out and I'd be sending her home. She did counter pressure on my hips while I stood during contractions-standing made them less intense. She suggested I try to rest in between so I sat on the birth ball and put my head on the bed.

At this point the contractions got stronger and every time I had one I leaked more amniotic fluid. They were so intense I felt like I couldn't handle them and wasn't getting much break. I thought to myself if I wasn't getting close to transition I wouldn't be able to do much more and even though I knew an epidural wasn't going to remove the contractions the allure of one was definitely there. M suggested I pee since it had been a while and I got very little out and had back to back contractions while I was sitting there. Once I stood up I decided to get in the pool because that was going to be my last thing I tried before I gave up. I got in on hands and knees and the next contraction I let out a guttural noise and my body started pushing. M asked what I was feeling (she was still doing counter pressure) and I yelled "I'm pushing". She said "yeah I realize that" and I heard her get her phone and say "come, she's feeling pushy". My midwife (K) lives across town and I have no idea how she managed to make it from being asleep in bed to in my birth pool in 30 minutes but she did. Once I started pushing I finally realized that baby was going to be born at home and the pain of contractions was gone and replaced by the pain of a baby crowning. K showed up and the next contraction her head was out. Next contraction I pushed but she was still in so K reached down and upwrapped the cord from around her. Next contraction I pushed and she still didn't come so K felt and noticed that she had one shoulder still inside but it was already past my pelvis. So she told me to push as hard as I could on the next one and finally she was out. Later we realized that her chest was larger than her head so that's why she was a little hung up. Jay got in the pool at the end and caught. M took a video while we peaked and saw that she was a girl.

Everything went really well and was a totally different experience from Trent. I don't know if it was just the different situation or because she was my second but I actually had an urge to push and every push I could feel the progress being made. We were all checked over and in bed sleeping about 8am. My first thought after having her was that it wasn't so bad and I could totally handle another birth like that but I still think at this point I'm done having babies :)


  • Nee86
    by Nee86
    November 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM
  • larissalarie
    November 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM
    Aww what a cutie!
  • MissSarah04
    November 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
    Thank you for sharing. This made me feel even stronger that I want something like this for my next. This was very inspirational! What a beautiful family.
  • catholicmamamia
    November 18, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    LOVE your birth story and photos.. thank you so much for sharing!! 

  • tabi_cat1023
    November 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    WOW congrats!!

  • JoJoBean8
    November 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM


  • maliya0608
    November 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Congrats! She is such a cutie! Thank you for sharing your birth story! 

  • Baby_Avas_Momma
    November 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM
    Amazing!! Congrats!! :)
  • melindabelcher
    November 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM
  • TrentsMom84
    November 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Thank you :)  Trent is 18 months.

    Quoting hapababies:

    How old is Trent? He is so cute in his little pajamas and what a great story you are going to get to tell him one day. :)

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