Friday, July 29, 2011
Birth Story - Out of Hospital Birth
After 2 c-sections and a disturbing vaginal birth with many interventions, I resorted to what my heart had been telling me to do from the beginning.
With the pregnancy of my 4th child, I researched my birth options. Within that 9 months I saw 2 CNMs and their overseeing physicians, 2 OB-GYNs, a perinatologist, and a CPM. None of them - except one - could I trust with the birth of this child.
I was not willing to give up my freedom to birth naturally, nor did I want a fight on my hands during labor - which I was all to familiar with - so I chose an out-of-hospital birth with the CPM.
When we arrived at the birth house it was 11pm. We rested some before I had to move around. I labored in the tub until I was checked at 7am and dilated to 8cm. I was in awe, for I had never gotten this far on my own.
However, I did have a nasty cervical lip. After 4 hours of my midwife holding up that lip and pushing, I delivered a 10lb baby boy.
I had no tears, no episiotomy, no epidural, no suction extraction. This is all an amazing feat given that this baby was one and half pounds bigger than my biggest.
It was an amazing oppourtunity that my midwife gave me. It was an oppourtunity that I had not been given in the past. I was given the support, the care, and the time to birth my child. What a lovely gift my midwife has given me and my precious baby boy.
by Shannon Zeeb