Monday, May 4, 2009
Baby's Birth (we never made it to the hospital)
Alistair Wayne was born at 9:00pm on May 1st. He was 7lbs 6oz, and 20.5 inches long.
How it happened:
I had a normal Friday. The only thing that was different was that I decided to go get a pedicure to try to get my mind of the non-labor I was in. There were these massage chair at the nail place and I just had it pound my back. I don't know if that contributed to going into labor but is sure felt good. I had also received a few suggestions to eat spicy food, so we went to La Casita with my in-laws for dinner. We had just sat down, ordered, and eaten a few chips with salsa, when I felt the need to use the restroom -big surprise, I'm pregnant, I use the restroom every 20 minutes. The difference this time was my water broke while I was in there- that was a surprise. I went back to the table and told my family. I had a silly notion that I was going to be like other women who have their water brake and its hours before their contractions start, and thought that I could sit down and eat my dinner. My in-laws were like no, we're taking you to have this baby. So my mother-in-law drove us home to get our stuff, while my father-in-law stayed at the restaurant to wait for our food (which I was very concerned about at the moment). We left the restaurant a little after 7:00, we est that my water broke at almost exactly 7 or a little after. On the way home (about a 20 minute drive) contractions started, they were hard and fast. By the time we got back to the house the contractions were already 2 minutes apart. Darci, our midwife, who had planned on going to the hospital with us and act in the role of a dula. She met us at the house. I was in such pain. Cory ran around trying to find all the things that we wanted to take with use to the hospital. Well I was trying to breath and do what I had read about and talked about, but I was having trouble breathing. She used her dopler to try to find the baby's heart beat and couldn't get anything. Darci insisted that we go back to her birthing home (across the street) to get me oxygen and a see if that would give us a heart beat. Since there is a huge danger of a still born baby if you go to long with no air to the baby. Once I had oxygen, she could find his heart beat and it was strong. The next step was to get me to the hospital. We had been calling the doctor over and over and leaving messages with his answering service. Darci checked me, and was surprise that the head was right there, almost about to crown. We still hadn't heard from the doctor. We had a choice to make, with how fast this baby was coming we'd be taking a big chance that this baby would be born in the car OR to just stay at the birthing home and have the midwife deliver the baby. We made the choice to stay there. Darci had me get into the birthing tub. Almost right away after getting in the baby's head was crowning, and not long after that he was fully out. It was so intense and so fast!!!! I was in labor slightly less than 2 hours from our estimated time that my water broke. Never did I think or prepare myself that I would have my first baby that fast. Instead I had mentally prepared myself to be in labor for hours and hours. We never planed or thought that we'd have a home birth, we wanted to do in at the hospital. My mom and in-laws were joking yesterday that I will never be able to joke that my baby was switched at the hospital. I am so grateful to have had Darci. I keep thinking if we had still come home and then I was having so much trouble moving, that we would have ended up on the floor of the bathroom, on the phone with 911, waiting for the ambulance. It was such a piece of mind to have Darci and her birthing home so close, and as a medical professional to deliver my baby. When it was all over I was praying the thanking Heavenly Father that I lived through it and that I was doing good, and that my baby was perfectly healthy. We are so blessed.