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My 3rd Home Birth Story

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One thing is certain, every birth story is different! Read my 3rd Home Birth Story where I had a back up midwife, a blow up birth tub, and my water broke in the bathroom before getting to hold my third baby.

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SIX MONTHS AGO… I had a baby in my bedroom.

(That’s one way to start a conversation, right? Haha!)

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3 Days Before My 3rd Home Birth

I was 3 days away from my due date… feeling pretty miserable…

Where was the pregnant Goddess who is in the picture above?…

I WAS OVER IT.

My stomach felt so HUGE! It was so hard to get comfortable at night…

I was not sleeping.

I’m just telling it like it was… I was laying in bed praying that I would go into labor because I really didn’t think I could make it much longer.

I was trying anything I could think of to go into labor naturally.

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At 11 PM My Water Broke

Because I had been dealing with prodromal labor for two weeks (that’s basically like non productive, regular and consistent contractions but not labor)… and it was getting OLD!

So here I was. Exhausted exhausted because I had just called the midwife the night before thinking I was in labor – to end up still pregnant.

It was 11 at night… and I decided to go to the bathroom one more time in hopes to get a little rest before having to wake up again.

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I had my stack of 10 pillows that I had to get JUUUSSSSSTTTTT right so I could hopefully get comfortable enough to sleep.

Darn you heartburn… and insomnia… and hip pain… and kicking baby.

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I got back in bed and GUSH!

MY WATER BROKE!!!

So of course I ran into the bathroom and took a selfie… like you do.

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Not to be graphic… but water was everywhere!

I was for sure in labor… and going to have this baby TONIGHT!

I called my midwife and she was at another labor… so she called her back up midwife. Which I was prepared for – and this was my third baby… I was pretty confident that I would be okay with any midwife!

My back up midwife, Joy, arrived about 12:30 & my contractions weren’t really existent…. which sometimes it can take a while if you water breaks first.

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FUN FACT:  Only about 15 percent of women have their membranes rupture at all before labor begins. The other 85 percent may experience their water breaking during labor, delivery or even preterm.

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I was walking around… excited!! Pacing… drinking water… rocking in my yoga ball… thinking how can I get this party rolling??

Joy wanted to check me to see where I was if I was progressing and I was like 3-4 cm dilated and 60% effaced.

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FUN FACT: This was exactly what I was when I went into labor with my second daughter and my water broke first too. She was also born 4 hours after my water broke.

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Joy asked if it would be better if we tried to rest… so Adam and I got in bed and tried to just close our eyes and here I am of course NOT wanting to sleep

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I just want to have this baby!

Then, all of the sudden…

I was in PAIN. The contractions came on fast!

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I couldn’t get comfortable

I just could NOT get comfortable… and I know that sounds weird…

But if you have been in labor, the contractions come in waves… so there is a break… rest time between contractions where you can rest a bit… prep for the next wave.

I just was UNCOMFORTABLE no matter how I got.

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I went to the bathroom because you need to empty your bladder as much as you can when you are in early labor… and I saw blood.

Which is a good sign! That means that my cervix was opening… and I was PROGRESSING. Hallelujah!

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I was on all fours next to my bed during a contraction, and I asked:

Can we fill up the tub???

They said SURE! So I’m on the floor rocking, waiting for the tub to be filled with water…

I knew the warm water would help me get through these contractions… they were just way harder that I had remembered with the girls.

I got in the warm water and it did help with the wave of contractions…

But BOY this was harder than my last labor for sure!

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I felt out of control…

The midwives kept telling me how good I was doing  but I was basically screaming in the highest part of the contractions.

I was not really feeling like I was doing a “great” job at this whole labor thing.

I didn’t even feel like I was making progress…

Then Adam & the midwives told me “You are almost there!”

Oh and during this part I had a horrible leg cramp so I couldn’t get comfortable in any position!

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Adam described me as being FRANTIC.

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Which really is a good description of how I felt…

  • I just didn’t feel on top of the contractions…
  • I didn’t feel like I was handling the pain..
  • I didn’t see that I was so close to having my baby…

What I really am thinking is that they are lying to me… because I do not feel like I’m pushing!

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Then all of the sudden… the ring of FIRE!!!

I hadn’t experienced that really with the girls… Maybe Annaleigh to some extent… but this was FIIIIIRRRREEEEE.

Soon he was OUT!

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Anderson Grey was born at 4 am!

We were at home… in my bedroom… in a birth pool.

I just KNEW that he was going to be 10 pounds, haha.

My first daughter was 9 pounds, and she was probably my “easiest” pregnancy… I didn’t think she was going to be that big.

Of course, I felt HUGE this whole pregnancy and gained about 40 pounds… I just felt huge all over.

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Just like my previous pregnancies, I had gestational diabetes with all three of my babies... and one real concern is just a big baby. Although I control it naturally with diet and exercise just fine!

My second was 8 pounds 2 oz…

and Anderson was 8 pounds 9 oz. He was perfect!

Natural labor is a wild ride…

and I felt so relieved when I got to finally hold him and see how perfect he was in my arms.

This was my third baby born at home… and it is such a blessing to call these three babies my own ..

With my experiences, I always get a lot of questions from other moms… maybe some who are wondering if having a home birth is right for them.

If you are thinking that too, I put together a resource to help you decide if it is something you want to explore!

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After Anderson was born…

I got to climb into my bed and hold him for a good hour it felt like!

He was so alert and just stared up at me.

I was in HEAVEN!

I felt so good having him out… Especially after pushing out the placenta, haha! That always feels like – whew! I’m done!

I got to nurse him immediately as they checked me and him out. (I didn’t need any stitches, yay!)

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Then I got to get into an herbal bath and held Anderson for a few minutes in the tub with me.

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After a few minutes… It was time for the midwives to leave.

They tucked us in bed… We put Anderson in the Boppy lounger between us… and I just stared at him for the next 2-3 hours.

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I was really nervous to sleep without one of us awake.

so Adam rested (because he can sleep anywhere at anytime, haha!) and I knew the big kids would be up soon and would need him.

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I was on a BABY HIGH, so I couldn’t sleep.

But about 7 am Annaleigh woke up and came into our room to meet Anderson for the first time and Aidalyn was about 30 minutes later.

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Something that is so magical about birth is that each experience is completely different. I was so thankful that all of my labors were about 4 hours long… fast and WILD! but healthy babies in the end : )

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Did you have a home birth? or a natural labor?

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