I never thought I’d be laboring in the pool for only 40 minutes!
On Sunday night I started to experience contractions & thought it might be time…but as the night went on my contractions faded, and I woke up discouraged. By Monday, I was having contractions 8 minutes apart ALL DAY, but they weren’t getting closer together (or stronger in intensity) so my midwife told me we’d evaluate things at our home visit on Tuesday. That night I slept, but had consistent contractions all night that woke me up each time. Tuesday morning came. She checked my cervix, told me to get a nap in and take a walk, so I did just that. I took a long nap and we went on a hike near our house. I knew by the end of the hike that things were picking up, because my contractions were only 5 minutes apart, and the hike back home involved LOTS of stops for the pain!
We got home and when my contractions didn’t start to get closer together I was a bit disappointed – I took a bath and had Steven put Aurora to bed. By the time he got back to our bed, I told him it was hurting too bad & I didn’t know how I was going to go on. I held a heating pad on my back, and with each new contraction I tried to find a new place to take it, thinking the pain would be easier…but it wasn’t. So I finally told him we needed to fill up the birth pool. He was reluctant, because he didn’t want to start things too soon, but at that point I couldn’t tell where my contractions started and where they stopped, so he agreed.
By the time I walked down the stairs to get in the birth pool, I knew things were serious. I sat on the couch ready to embrace another big contraction, when all the sudden I felt a huge burst, gush of water, and a wave of relief. My water had broken! Steven called the midwife and I went to the bathroom to clean myself up. I instantly thought I was about to give birth on the toilet, but my midwife told me to hold off on pushing until she got there. I got in the birth pool and minutes later I told Steven I HAD to push. He kept telling me to wait and wait but by the time my midwife was walking through the door 20 minutes later, I knew I HAD to push + she immediately jumped into action. I thought I’d be laboring in the pool for hours, but 20 minutes later (after only a few pushes) Violet was here 🧡
No stitches were needed and my midwife told me it was the smallest amount of blood loss I could have possibly had. It was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had. I kept telling Steven it might still be a dream, because I literally did not believe it happened so quickly & I was already done 😅
After this experience, I would choose an unmedicated home birth over a hospital birth every time. My first daughter’s birth was beautiful because it gave me her, but it left me feeling incapable, not in control, and scared of birth. My whole pregnancy this time around, I told myself that women’s bodies were made to do this. I prepared myself for labor, and never doubted my instincts. I truly love the experience I was able to have, and I cannot wait to share my story with Violet when she is older.