Evelyn Fayth's Birth Story
4.16.2011 @ 41 Weeks, 2 Days
4:23 a.m. via home birth
We had either a really long labor, or a really short labor, depending on your perspective. We went into L&D on Saturday, April 9 with contractions that were mild but steady. Got there around 4 a.m. and by 10 a.m. they had stopped, and dilation was at 3 cm. We were sent home with “false labor”. Wednesday night, April 13, I called in because I was unsure if my water had broken. I was told to come in and they’d do the test, which proved inconclusive. The doc there did an ultrasound and confirmed that everything looked wonderful. She estimated baby’s weight to be 7.5 to 8 lbs. She then stripped my membranes and I went home.
One hour later, I was contracting very regularly, again 3-4 minutes apart. I took a shower to see if they would calm down. I went to bed for a bit, and the contractions remained constant. By 5, two and a half hours after they started, I finally went into L&D convinced this was it. Got a check, and I was dilated to a 5. It looked like we were headed for delivery. Finally! The attending doc came in, and we talked and I told him that I’d recently heard his wife is a midwife and practices in Nome. We told him that had we known about her sooner, we’d have preferred to have a midwife. Well, the contractions eventually slowed and didn’t intensify further. We talked about the contractions stalling out again, and he mentioned sending me on to Anchorage to have an induction, but that he didn’t really think that Alaska Airlines would appreciate having a 5 cm, sporadically contracting, overdue pregnant woman on a commercial flight. He wanted to keep me for a bit longer to see if anything was going to happen.
I sent Keith to pick up Levi and I stayed to take a nap, as the doc didn’t want to discharge me quite yet. When they brought me lunch, the doc asked if it would be OK if his wife came in and talked with me. I said absolutely, so I got to meet the midwife about an hour later. She came in, and we talked about her 5 pregnancies, and how EVERY ONE of them went overdue. The earliest was 8 days over; the latest was 3 weeks. We also talked about us really NOT wanting to go to Anchorage and trying to avoid it. She said that she had some other options that might work over the weekend. She was sooo nice, and gave me all her contact information. The doc then sent me home, again, with instructions to keep my 41 week appointment on Friday.
So, on Friday morning, I went into my appointment. The doctor there really pushed to send me on to Anchorage. I told her I really didn’t want to go. We agreed that if nothing happened by Monday, I would go in for an induction. She then prayed with us, and we talked about going to Jen the midwife and trying some other methods to get labor started. When we left, we called Jen to see if she would be interested in doing a last minute home birth / midwife with us. She said she would try to get stuff together and get childcare situated for her own kids. She called around 6 that evening and said she had everything all set and we’d do a prenatal with preliminary information and all that stuff on Saturday morning at 10:30. In the meantime, if I started labor, she wanted us to call. I was still sporadically contracting since the night before.
By 9, I was tired and so went to bed early. I woke up at about midnight wide awake and went to read on the couch for a bit. I fell asleep there, and woke up at 2:19 with a super intense contraction that lasted for 3 minutes. Then nothing for 10 more minutes. Then they started coming every 2-3 minutes, and they were intense. I told Keith we should probably call Jen and give her a heads up, and so I tried calling. But the contractions were too intense for me to locate her number in my phone and make the call. Keith called Jen at 3 and she arrived quickly, within 10 minutes and started setting up. She checked me and I was at a 6-7 and 95% effaced. I labored through for the next hour and at 4:19 I said I had to push. My water then broke, and 5 minutes later I was holding Evelyn Fayth in my arms. I tore a bit because when her shoulders came out, she had an arm tucked up. I think I pushed all of 4 or 5 times.
So I ended up getting the home birth I wanted, even though I went to L&D twice. My stubborn little girl, 9 days late, forced me into doing a home birth. She weighed 7 lbs 2oz, and was 19 ¾ inches. She cried once to let us know she was ok, and then contentedly snuggled in on my chest. Keith cut the cord when it was done pulsing, and after about ½ hour, Evelyn decided to start feeding. We latched on, and man, can this girl suck! It was so incredibly peaceful to have her right there at “home” with us. Levi slept through the whole thing and when he got up in the morning and saw her, he had the biggest smile and the widest eyes and his whole face lit up. It was so amazing to see. My only wish is that we had someone there to take pictures. Being that we were the only 3 there, not many pictures were taken.