My final birth journey is another plus sized home birth, but defiantly on my terms via good education and support, also not quite the floating into the world I had aimed for. It was 11 days past my due date, on the 15th of June 2017 at 5.31am baby Jacob joined us earth side surrounded by my amazing birth team, Kelly my midwife & my friend, Jill (One to One midwife, hand holder, friend) my husband Dexter, my amazing children Isaac age 9 and Annabelle age 6 and also my best friend, supporter and believer Rachel (now an amazing midwife and IM @ Birthrocks.co)
That day I went out to the One to One bumps and babies group for lunch, id taken the kids to school and cleaned the house. I had the same pains I had been having on and off for a few weeks but nothing that made me think this baby was coming today. For tea we went to the local park/woodland to have a walk and a picnic; it was a lovely evening of walking, laughing and having fun. After we got home and had settled down for the evening, having pizza as a snack as I was so hungry I had some back and hip pain (clearly overdone all this walking myself into labour). I felt a funny popping sensation and then a few moments later like something was leaking I jumped up thinking my waters had gone, however nothing really happened after that; no gush or anything so I ignored it and we went to bed.
Around 11pm, I couldn't lie down as I had started getting crampy-type pains, much worse if I sat down so I got up, got dressed and went down stairs leaving everyone else sleeping.
I started noting down the funny pains, and it started to really remind me of my last birth; I started to think this was it. I was very lightly leaking pink fluid, I didn't have a show or any other signs.
The pains were random, some worse than others, I rocked and breathed, danced and set up my birth room.
I used my music, smells and lighting to help me relax. I felt in control, ready and excited.
At 1am I set the pool up, read my birth wishes and used my birth beads. I read all my affirmations and used my birth altar; set up with wishes and ornaments all given to me by my 121 family at my work baby shower and Rachel and my friends at my other baby shower/ blessings; both were amazing!
It was just so empowering to have these things and I had used them for a few weeks before baby came. My birth colour was purple and I had lots of candles and fairy lights. I sent time sat in the room on my ball focusing on breathing techniques and positive affirmations. I worked hard to have a beautiful environment.
The pains got closer and stronger, I burst into tears, overwhelmed; I needed to call Kelly but I was worried it wasn't labour; it could last hours yet my midwife is sleeping! At 2.03am I called her; she was an instant calming voice, she was on her way and I needed to wake my hubby up and get my pool filled. I put the phone down took a deep breath and thought this is it! If Kelly's coming she must think I'm in labour as well. Right, I'm having a baby!
I got Dexter up, he began to fill the pool.
3.06 am the pains got more intense, although I was still able to joke, laugh and talk. I was looking forward to getting in my pool! I was defiantly getting in it this time!
Kelly did my observations, I didn't have any VEs and at 3.45 she said I could get in the pool if I wanted to.