My heart stopped for a beat. I had not wanted to return to doula work so soon. But I thought about what this girl must be going through. I felt that if it was meant to be, it would all work out.
This young mama, Hailey, chose to share her birth story with my readers in her own words.
I hope you enjoy her story.
The birth of Haven
On the 16th of September at 5:55 am I started to time my contractions thinking it could be labor. I took multiple showers, made food, walked, and the contractions still didn't go away. They lasted all day and some were pretty painful. Around 6pm they were about 3 minutes apart and very regular and didn't show any signs of slowing down soon. So I contacted Suzanne, and my mom and I went to the birth center. During the drive there my contractions spaced out a little bit and weren't too bad.
The birthing pool wasn't helping that much anymore so I got out and walked around. I squatted and got onto hands and knees. I asked for ice water to be poured onto me, but eventually just took the the bowl and dumped
it onto my head. The pain was so intense that it made me angry so I grabbed a box of baby wipes and chucked it across the room. Then I used the birthing stool which helped tremendously. Soon I felt the burn of my baby's head moving down and it made it hurt even more. The midwives kept asking to check me but I kept saying no. Then I got onto the bed and that's when pushing started. The pain got even more worse and I didn't even think that was possible.
So I listened to what they told me to do to make the pushing easier and be over faster. I pushed as hard as I could. I felt the baby's head while he was still inside me and his head was super soft. Then I kept pushing even more. It was really hard to feel the pain of the contraction and push at the same time but that is what I did.
do anything. But then when I did hold him his eyes were open and he was so awake and then I was grateful that I did a natural birth. It was so amazing to see him be so alert right after being born it made it feel worth it.
There was blood all over the whole bed, I have never seen so much blood it was everywhere. He had a super long cord and there was a knot tied in it, so he is very lucky. He still had that white coating on him so he was on time, my due date was just a little early. When I saw the cord and placenta I didn't want to cut it so I just did a lotus birth which was great. My mom put his first outfit on him and the midwife wrapped up his placenta.
We kept the placenta attached for about 3 or 4 days before cutting it, but at that point the cord was all dried up. Doing a lotus birth and natural birth was exactly what I wanted.