I’ve had quite a few people ask me how everything went, so I thought would write it out, not only for you all, but for myself 🙂
Heads up, this is a birth story…nothing too graphic…but still a birth, you may want to skip this post if you are only interested in sewing 😉
Grant was due on June 5, but because of some early labour, I was told to expect him earlier. June 5 came and went; no baby. I had an appointment at41 weeks, and the midwife suggested waiting a few more days before scheduling an induction at 13 days past due. I was eager to meet baby (and not be pregnant!) but the idea of an induction wasn’t too attractive, so I agreed to wait. Beginning on Monday (June 15) I began to have somewhat regular contractions but they didn’t seem to get any stronger. Monday came and went, and Tuesday was the same thing. I didn’t sleep at all on Tuesday night, and was starting to feel quite run down.
On Wednesday morning my husband came in from the barn and watched the kids for a while so I could nap. I woke up from my nap to a bit of a stronger contraction and really hoped that this was the real thing! They continued through the afternoon, and at 3:00 I phoned my midwife to let her know. She said it still sounded like early labour (I was SO disapointed!) but that she would call back in an hour. An hour came and went, and I was really starting to feel uncomfortable, so I called my mother in law to ask her to pick up the kids, and my husband to come in from the barn. When the midwife phoned back, I told her that I thought I should come in and she agreed to meet me at the birth center. I quickly bbq’d some supper for the kids, Jerry, and my mother in law, and got everything together for the kids to sleep over.
At 4:30 we left the house. I still was really worried that I was overreacting and going to be sent home, but by the time we were 15 minutes from the house I was sure glad we had left! Contractions were 5 minutes apart, and I was starting to not be able to talk though them. The last few minutes in the van were very uncomfortable, but we arrived at the Lucina Birth Center just after 5. The midwife welcomed us, saw that I was actually in labour, and showed us our room. We dropped off our stuff, and went right away into the back garden. What a beautiful place! There was a pond, beautiful landscaping, and paths to walk around in. We spent about 30 minutes outside, admiring the garden and trying to identify the flowers and vegetables between contractions.
We spend about half an hour outside, then went back to the room. Things started to move very quickly, with contractions 2 minutes apart. The room had a jacuzzi tub, but I was nervous that if I got in that things would slow down. I laboured standing up, supported by Jerry, for about 20 minutes, still unsure how far along I was since I hadn’t been checked at all yet. At 6:45 I got into the tub, and the warm water felt SO good! Two contractions later, and I realized the end was in sight. A few minutes of pushing, and he arrived! There was a bit of scrambling since the cord was wrapped around him twice, but within seconds I was snuggling him. Time of birth was 6:58 pm, just under 2 hours from when we arrived. He weighed exactly 9 lbs, and is 22″ tall, the largest and tallest of all our kids.
The midwife helped us out of the tub, and we were tucked into the bed with hot blankets. This was actually the first time that I lay down the whole time! First I fed Grant, then the midwife came with a tray of waffles, eggs, bacon, and fruit for myself and Jerry. I devoured it since I hadn’t eaten all day. She checked Grant over, weighed and measured him, then we got cleaned up to go home. We heard another couple was coming in (the center has two rooms, but the other room was being used already too), so we got packed up quickly, and were on our way home just before 10 pm, almost exactly 2 hours after he was born.
While I did feel a bit rushed leaving, it was so nice to be back in my own quiet house and bed. No sharing a room with a stranger, hourly checks, or strange noises. (If anyone is interested in hearing more about our experience with a midwife/birth center, just ask, I’ll be happy to recommend!) Now to adjust to life with a newborn again, and being a mom to 4 wonderful children! We are so thankful for God’s blessing and protection over the last 9 months, and pray we can raise up Grant to His honour and glory!