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Autumn's Birth Story

posted Feb 7, 2011, 7:10 AM by Rachel Supercinski
Early labor started the Tuesday we moved into our new house, nine days prior to our due date. I kept busy unpacking boxes and trying to get everything ready, so much so, that I didn't realize I was in early labor. My water broke Thursday night at 11:15, right as I finished addressing the last birth announcement. We called our midwife and she told us to get some rest and call her when the contractions were about 5 minutes apart. Around 1:30 am we called her and let her know they were pretty much all 5 minutes or so apart. She got here around 3:00 am with her assistant. They immediately started filling the birthing pool, while I kept progressing. Once the pool was ready, I was happy to get in. It definitely did help with the pain. I labored in there for about two hours. When I got out, the midwife checked to make sure I was fully dilated, so I could begin pushing with my body. I was not, so she moved my cervix for the next three hours while I pushed. She ended up using her fingers to open my hips enough to get the baby through. Right at the end I didn't think I could do it. My husband and the midwife told me my options were push the baby out with the next contraction or we would have to transport to the hospital. Somehow I found that last little bit I needed, and our baby girl was born! It was the single hardest thing I have ever done, and I could not have done it with out the help of my husband, the midwife, and the training we got from Rachel at our Bradley classes. We felt confident about having a home birth even though it was our first. My husband and I couldn't have asked for more. We had a 7 lb 10 oz baby girl, who is perfect! Thank you Rachel for everything, we couldn't have done this without your training and help!