I am way overdue to post on here, and what better story to share than the birth of my son?!
Our sweet baby boy, Henri Albert Samson, was born on 9/19/17 at 9:28pm. He weighed 9 lbs. and was 19 inches long. At 7am that morning I had felt some menstrual-like cramps and think I was having some mild ones all night long but was able to sleep through them. I had a feeling that day could be the day!
We had an appointment at 10:30am to do another biophysical exam (ultrasound, fluid and placenta check, as well as baby’s movement) to be sure everything still looked ok with our baby (I was past-due at this point: 42 weeks and 3 days). The next day I was scheduled to have an induction, which I was a little apprehensive about, so I was thrilled that things were happening on their own! We got through the exam and everything looked great.
My husband and I stopped at Whole Foods to get something to bring home for lunch. I started to get uncomfortable on the car ride home. We had planned to have a home birth, and I was so ready to be at home.
I got home, ate some lunch, and we started timing the contractions in an app so we could send the report over to our team: our midwife, doula, and birth photographer. By 2pm, the contractions were lasting more than a minute, less than 4 minutes apart and this was happening for over an hour. This was what we were told would be the sign that active labor had begun. I was surprised at how little time I had in between them already. I had heard stories of women laughing and taking walks in between contractions, and I thought that would be me. Instead I just wanted to lie on the bed and relax.
Our midwife was on her way and told the rest of the team to head over. I took a quick shower, which seemed to help ease up the contractions a bit. By the time our midwife got there and checked me, I was 8-9 cm dilated. She said, “you can get in the water anytime you would like.” It felt awesome to be in the pool.
Our doula, who was our instructor for the Hypnobabies class we took, got to the house and helped me through the contractions with the techniques we learned. She helped remind me to relax, which was so helpful to reserve my energy. I stayed in the water for awhile and then used the restroom. They had me stay there for several contractions before getting back in the water. After some time, they had me go back to the bathroom and our midwife wanted me to sit on the toilet for 20-30 minutes. I had a feeling this would be intense. It was, but it was a pivotal moment for me. I remember thinking, “I just want a break and I want to lie in my bed and sleep for awhile.” Since this would not be happening, I told myself I needed to go with the process and surrender to it. I was not scared because I knew my body was doing what it needed to do. Once I surrendered, things moved forward and I felt the need to push.
They had me get back into the pool and after about 1 hour of pushing our baby boy was born in the water!! It was so peaceful. Our baby boy transitioned so well from the womb. He was just looking around and started to cry a little when he got cold. I am so thankful we took the Hypnobabies class to give me the tools to have a relaxed birth in the comfort of our home.
We had some bumps in the road with our pregnancy (minor, I know, compared to what some others deal with): needing the external cephalic version to turn our breech baby and almost needing an induction. But, we made it through and have such a healthy, content baby boy! We could not be happier!!