Unassisted Home Birth Story
At 38 weeks, 2 weeks before my due date, I started having mild contractions. This started Tuesday around 11 am. I didn’t call Ben home because they were mild and I wasn’t sure they were the real thing. When Ben came home things started to get a bit stronger. After supper he decided to get the pool ready. The only problem that occurred was that we drained the hot water heater in 10 minutes and the water was BROWN! Yep, we decided not to have a water birth at that point. Contractions were still about the same-5 minutes apart for the rest of the night. After waiting for a few hours to have the hot water heater heat up and not, we found that it was broken. Ben called the repair guy in the morning and he was going to come the next morning.
The next day was still the same. My water bag didn’t break but was just trickling so I wasn’t too concerned about the lack of progression at that point. In the evening a friend of mine, Tami, who is a doula, a birth assistant/encourager, came over to see how things were going. She thought that things were progressing since the contractions started. She said it would probably help if I went to my already scheduled chiropractic appointment. And boy did it help. Contractions started to pick up in their intensity. As the night progressed I thought the contractions would never end and I would have to have an emergency c-section. Ben fell asleep for a few hours and things slowed down a bit. I kept drinking lots of water and eating watermelon.
In the morning I was getting nervous since I had been in labor so long, I wondered if everything was ok. I was getting doubtful that I could go on, so we decided to call Tami to have her come over since I felt like I needed her support. She came over and brought some essential oils to help progress things. And within an hour I was ready to push. Funny thing, the plumber had just arrived at that point to fix the water heater! So while I was grunting at the top of my lungs in the second bedroom, the plumber was busy in our bedroom fixing the hot water heater. I’m pretty sure he heard the whole thing. After an hour he finished, so did I. Ben caught our baby and exclaimed, “It’s a girl!” I couldn’t believe it since for most of the pregnancy I thought it was going to be a boy. Right after he handed her slimy body to me. I was so exhausted, yet excited to finally meet her. Labor was 45 hours long! Ben did a great job with being my midwife. He was so calm and encouraging through the whole process. After awhile we weighed her, 7lbs 13 oz, and measured her, 20 ½ inches. Then we called our family and friends, and then fell asleep. After a day of thinking about a name we decided on Rebecca Ann, since during labor God placed that name on my heart.