Lauren Elizabeth's Home Birth Story

newbornI had been having Braxton Hicks contractions off and on from about dinnertime on May 15th, 2003. I started to feel them more as the night went on. At about 1 am on May 16th, they started to hurt. I was having back pains, which made it hard to rest. I started to time the contractions at 1:22 am, and they were 3 minutes apart, then they went to 4, then 10, then back to 5 and even down to 1! They would then go to 7 and even 11 minutes apart. We found out later if I was sitting, they would space out, but standing made them closer and harder.

Mom went and picked Meg up at 3:30 am. I called my midwife, Leslie, at 4 am, but she didn.t return the call within 10 minutes, so I called my backup midwife Jaylene. Leslie did return the call, but she was at another birth and wouldn't be able to make it. While I was on the phone with her, Jaylene left 2 messages. While I was waiting for Jaylene to come, I got a shower, and that helped with the pain. Jaylene got here around 5:15 am. At 5:40am, I was 5 cm dilated. After that, Shawn called his mom to let her know what was happening.

At 6 am, the contractions got stronger and more regular. At 6:35 am, my contractions were 2 to 3 minutes apart and lasting 30 to 60 seconds when I was standing, but would go to 5 to 8 minutes apart when sitting. At 6:40, I got into the shower to help with the pain. It did seem to help, but I had such bad pains in my hips and going down my thighs that I couldn't stand anymore. At 6:58, I complained that my hips were killing me. At 7:10, my contractions were 2 to 3 minutes apart and 60 seconds long. At 7:20, I was 8 cm dilated, so it only took me 1 hour and 40 minutes to go from 5 cm to 8 cm dilated!

At, 7:24 am, Susan, the backup midwife, was called. At 7:33 am, I had pressure, it was like I had to pee very badly, so I rushed to the bathroom and my water broke as soon as I was seated! I thought that the baby was coming out, so I ran back to the bedroom. It only took 13 minutes to go from 8 cm to 10 cm dilated. Altogether, I went from 5 cm to 10 cm dilated in only 1 hour and 53 minutes.

Only 16 minutes and maybe 5 pushes later, Lauren Elizabeth made her entrance into the world. Her Apgar tests were 9 and 10. Giving birth at home was the most amazing, relaxing, comfortable experience I could ever imagine. It allowed Shawn, my mom, my sister and Emily to all be in the room, sharing the experience of Lauren being born.

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