Now that it has been almost an entire year, I figured I better get this lovely (if quick) birth story posted.
My phone rang at 2:18am on April 25th, 2011. Mom’s water had broke 15 minutes earlier and they wanted to let me know. They wanted to stay home for a while before going in and they weren’t quite ready for me to come over.
When I woke in the morning after having not heard from them, I called them (it was about 8:15am). They let me know that contractions had started at 3:30am and were initially 15 minutes apart and still short and crampy feeling. At the point of my phone call, the contractions had moved closer to 10 minutes apart.
They still weren’t ready for me so I let them go and got ready for the day.
Mom called again at 11:45am looking for suggestions on getting things moving. I suggested she check out spinningbabies.com. There is a section for what to do when you are in labor. She later relayed to me that she did one inversion for 30 seconds, did lunges during her contractions, bounced on a yoga ball for 15 minutes, and then had some lunch.
At 2:02pm dad sent me a text that contractions were now 6 minutes apart and they were getting things ready to go. At 2:28pm they called to say they were heading to the hospital. They checked in at 2:45pm and I arrived at 2:50pm.
At this point mom was having some pretty close contractions. She was definitely demonstrating signs of transition: she was very much in Labor-Land and was having a hard time getting comfortable. Dad stayed by her the entire time (they had done Bradley training). She stayed mostly on her hands and knees on the bed. She was able to flip over to have an exam done. The nurse checked her and she was already at 9cms!
Pretty soon after the check her body began telling her it was time to push. She was doing small grunty pushes as the nurses rushed around her. We helped mom get on her side to see if the nurse could find the baby’s heart rate. I held her leg to let her be more comfortable and the baby was found to be at nearly +3 (+4 is on the perineum!)
Mom’s nurse told to prep for the birth. Dad stayed by mom’s front/head while I stayed behind her holding her leg. We worked together on helping mom work with her body and the contractions. Mom mentioned that she felt pain (I attributed that to crowning, but at this point we had no clue that the baby was coming that fast, so no one checked to see if the baby *was* crowning) but she stayed on her side and continued letting her body do all the work and, to the surprise of dad, me, the nursing staff, AND mom, Baby#7 entered the world via a very gentle slide onto the bed, with the nurse attending.
There were no complications (plus with the doctor not there) so they were able to delay clamping the cord and the placenta was delivered naturally 20 minutes later. Mom also required no stitches after the peaceful, side-lying birth!
Congrats mom and dad! Thanks for letting me a part of your very special day!
It’s a GIRL!
7#10ounces, 17 inches long
April 25th, 2011 at 3:23pm