JILL'S BIRTHING OF JESSE
Jesse and Jill
I finished work on Friday November 13, 2009. Excited that I still had a week and a half until my due date, November 25, 2009. I had so much to do and was still feeling great. I suspected that I would go late. Was I wrong! Jesse gave me three days off before he graced us with his presence. On Sunday, November 15, 2009 we went to the Eastern Conference semi-final CFL game. The Cats versus the Lions. The end of the game was rather exciting as it went to overtime. Perhaps the excitement of the game may have helped start labour.
On Monday, November 16, 2009 I was busy cleaning the main floor of the house. Around 11:00 am I started feeling some discomfort. It did not last long and would be hours before I felt it again. My midwife appointment the week previous found that the baby had moved lower, but was not yet engaged. I thought perhaps it was the baby engaging (not knowing if one would actually feel it, or how it would feel). This discomfort continued throughout the day, evening and night. When my husband left for work the morning of November 17, I told him that I would call him when I woke up. I wasn’t sure, but I felt as though something may be happening. About an hour later (6:00 am) I woke up to go to the bathroom, felt a pop and next thing I knew my shorts were soaked. I went back to bed and called my midwife about 8:00 am. The contractions were very mild, irregular and far apart. I called my husband and he arrived home around 8:30 am. I spent most of the morning lying in bed and on the couch, sipping tea and listening to the hypnobirthing affirmations and relaxation tracks. The affirmation and relaxation tracks really helped me to focus and relax. My breathing completely changed as soon as I started listening to the tracks. I talked to my midwife a couple of times that morning. The contractions remained the same getting a little closer together but still irregular and mild. The contractions felt like intense menstrual cramps. My midwife called at 11:30 am and I was still feeling the same, she said to call her if anything more developed, otherwise she would contact me around 6:00 pm. My husband kept busy laying plastic on the floor of our bedroom. By 12:30 pm I was getting uncomfortable. I told my husband that I was going to have a bath. I was a little apprehensive about having a bath, as I have read that if you have a bath too soon it can actually slow labour. I knew that it would relax me and make me more comfortable. Within about 5 minutes of being in the bath my entire abdomen started contracting and I had a huge uncontrollable desire to push. I yelled down to my husband, who was now asleep on the couch, to call the midwife. By the fifth time I yelled his name, he finally awoke and phoned the midwife. This was at 12:40 pm. She was going to leave for our place right away. I got out of the bath and laboured on the toilet (I found this position to be of the greatest relief) for about 15 minutes. My abdomen was contracting and there was nothing I could do to control it. My husband asked if I wanted him to start filling the bathtub that we had borrowed from the midwife clinic. At that moment I felt around and felt the baby's head with my hand. I told him that would not be necessary, there was not enough time. I then made my way to the bedroom and went down on all fours. By 1:05 pm, Jesse was delivered by his father. The midwife arrived 10 minutes after Jesse was born. Our experience was amazing and it was very special that it was just the two of us who experienced it. Jesse weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and thankfully was healthy. He cried right away and we placed him on my abdomen and covered him up and waited for the midwife to arrive. The question that everyone asked us was “Were you not scared?” There was no time to be scared, the baby was coming and this was what had to be done. My husband was great through the entire experience. He supported me throughout the day and did a great job of helping Jesse into our lives!
I am still totally amazed at how your body knows what to do. As a woman this is what our bodies were meant to do. A force comes over you and takes control. I owe so much of my awesome birth experience to three women: My chiropractor for keeping my pelvis in shape, my naturopathic doctor for the health of my uterus and, of course, a great deal of gratitude to Lara for giving me the tools to help allow my mind to relax and focus on having a positive birth experience. I truly believe that hypnobirthing greatly attributed to my awesome birth experience. We have a great story to tell Jesse when he is older about the day he was born!