I am so happy to be able to share my home birth story!
I had been contemplating home birth as my pregnancy progressed and finally switched care providers to Morning Star when I was 36 weeks. The midwives and staff at Morning Star made me feel so comfortable with my decision and I was so excited to give birth to my second baby at home. We set up the birthing tub in our dining room and I brought a twin bed into our living room.
When I went into labor, I called Morning Star to give them a “heads up” and settled in to labor at home. We filled the tub with water and started timing contractions. When I thought things were getting close, I called Rachel and she came to check on me (about 4:30 p.m.). I was only 2 cm dilated but I was 100% effaced. Rachel said that when the baby dropped, my dilation would happen very quickly. Rachel gave us detailed instructions on what to watch for as labor progressed and when we should call her to come back for the birth.
My doula came at about 8:30 p.m. and suggested some new labor exercises. Labor was pretty intense for me by then. At 1:15, my doula called Rachel and told her that she should probably come. When Rachel arrived at about 2 a.m., I was dilated to a 7. She said that now would be a good time to get in the tub. It felt so amazing to lower my belly into the water. I dilated to a 10 within a matter of minutes and began pushing. I tried my best to control my pushing so that I wouldn’t tear and my beautiful baby girl was born at 3:05 a.m.
I moved to the bed in the living room to deliver the placenta and to complete the post-birth tests. Rachel and her assistant stayed longer than normal to make sure I was stable (my blood pressure is always on the low end and I lost some blood during the delivery).
My new baby and I snuggled and relaxed in the comfort of our own home and started the bonding process without having to worry about going anywhere. It was an incredible experience and I am so glad I decided to do a home birth. If we decide to have more children, we’ll be calling Morning Star.