The most uncomfortable I was all that evening, was having to lay down – and to think this is how many women were (and still are) told to give birth… I couldn’t do it, felt like I was being broke in two.. i managed to go sideways, with a leg up over the birthing pool, as caroline emptied my very full bladder – I could sense Daniels anxiousness at this time, as I could Caroline’s and I know this needed to be done – as she didn’t want to let me down, knowing how desperately I wanted an all natural home birth.
It was all go after I passed urine.. i didn’t make it back into the pool – I instead stood and held onto the handles at the side of the pool and squatted beside it. This was the toughest part – I am a young, fit and healthy woman, but when it came to pushing… i ran out of puff. Chrissy was fantastic at reading me, and got tough on me – The times I ran out, she told me I have more.. and there it was ‘I can’t do it… I have no more’ came out, the inevitable self doubt appeared… Push, push, push…push, push.. and I did.. she was right.. hidden, buried within me, i did have more!!!!
I remembered what I had read about this stage – 2 steps forward, 1 back.. feels like a Chinese burn sensation… because I knew what the sensation felt like and meant (baby is on the way) I remained calm and in control.. never fearing it as ‘pain’.
At the time I was oblivious to the fact my husband was with caroline on the floor looking up in anticipation of babies arrival – we had not discussed his front row seat.. but all was a bit late now haha!
At 4:30am our baby fell into the hands of her father, who passed baby up to me ‘You’re such a pudding!!!!’ being my first words spoken, surprised at just how heavy the baby was!!!
I was helped to the floor and as i held baby to my chest, baby went straight to feed from my breast – another amazing moment!
Oh wait… During the end of my pregnancy I was convinced I was carrying a boy… as were many in the family and of our friends, even during the labour and birth I believe Caroline and Chrissy assumed baby was a boy…
But we need to check, to officially confirm.. ‘it’s.. that is.. it’s a GIRL!!!’
Delighted – Adora-Boudica (Boo) our most precious achievement!
We didn’t want baby to be ‘cleaned’ and for baby to remain in their vernix, but baby didn’t really have much of it. We also had requested that baby’s cord was not to be cut until it had stopped pumping blood from the placenta, so all goodness was received by baby first.
Once this was done, Daniel cut Boo’s cord. Boo weighed in at 10lbs!!!
All that steak and spinach and weight training I had done whilst pregnant I believe!!
I wasn’t showing much signs of shifting the placenta – So I was helped upstairs, as sitting on the loo was supposed to be a more natural and comfortable way to help birth it and it helped immensely – Caroline then took the Placenta. She took apiece to put into a smoothie for me to drink immediately, and the remaining placenta she would take with her to Encapsulate for me to take daily.
Due to no hot water, I was not able to soak in the bath… but Chrissy helped me with buckets of water provided by Daniel to refresh myself.
Caroline gave me a check over and pleased to say no tearing – I put credit down to perineal massage for that, as well as controlled pushing – as Boo was a big girl, so I was so thankful at not tearing!
By 6:15am Daniel had found an electric heater in the garage that he set up in our bedroom to warm it through.. and Chrissy and Caroline had all three of us tucked up in our own bed – Boo fast asleep from her big adventure.
I was woken at 8:45am to the beautiful sound of Boo’s cries – I picked her up and I don’t think I have put her down again since.
Breastfeeding was successful, but by day 4 I was in a lot of discomfort – to the point of dreading Boo’s next feed…. Which was not a nice feeling.
Erika confirmed Boo had tongue tie, and with a quick snip it was all sorted – and we have been breastfeeding successfully since! 10 months strong now!!!
We spent a few weeks, all three relaxing at home – lots of skin to skin contact cuddles, not just myself and Boo, but Daniel and Boo also.
I continued to take the Placenta Encapsulation tablets Caroline provided – I felt wonderful and healed very well and promptly.
It is important with anything in life to surround yourself with positive people – so why should pregnancy be any different! Your positivity continued right up to the birth – We knew with you I could do it and my golly I did it!
Thank you for your genuine support, for your confidence in me and your trust in my body, because of that you allowed me the proudest achievement of my life- To birth my 10lb daughter, at home into the hands of her father. No drugs and no interventions, just complete love, confidence and trust from Daniel, Caroline and Chrissy.
You helped to not only prepare us for the birth, but prepare us as a confident family for the future! We are forever grateful. Please do not retire until we have finished our brood!!!!xxx