Rebecca. new mom.
Amelia's Whirlwind Birth Story
As an accountant in Denver, Rebecca was amused to learn that her first child, a little girl, was due to be born on April 15th. She and her husband joked about having a “tax day baby,” but in the end little Amelia was born eight days later! She may have taken her time arriving, but when she was ready to enter this world, Amelia didn’t waste a minute. Here’s the story of her birth day. Rebecca says,
“Pregnancy was difficult for me. I was feeling depressed, and my visits to the OB-GYN weren’t helping at all. I try to avoid the doctor in general and I don’t like traditional medicine, but I wanted to do what was best for our baby. We just didn’t feel like we were getting good service, and it wasn’t helping my mood. In January, my husband turned to me and asked, “Why are we doing this? Let’s try something else.” He had heard an ad for Baby+Company in Wheat Ridge on the radio and it sounded like just what we were looking for. We toured the center and everyone was so personable. They made me feel like my baby and I were important; it wasn’t like a checklist of what to tell us. We transferred when I was about six months pregnant, and everything went really well.
I was scheduled to go in for some testing since Amelia was overdue, and that morning I was having some unusual Braxton-Hicks contractions. At the birth center, they reassured me that everything was fine, so I went about my day and the contractions decreased significantly. The next day, it was very warm out but I went for a two-mile walk just to try to get things moving. We went out to dinner and then headed to bed. I started having weak contractions and my husband was snoring, so I went downstairs to sleep on the couch.
At 1:45 in the morning, I woke up feeling sick. I threw up and my contractions were much stronger. My water broke – it was just a trickle – and thankfully my husband heard the commotion and came running. I wasn’t sure if this was “it” so we called the doula and the midwife. They suggested I take a shower, eat, drink, and rest. I managed to get some sleep on and off throughout the night.
My contractions started intensifying the next morning, and I was having trouble catching my breath. The pain was more in the front, so we called the doula and she suggested that my husband lean against the wall, hold under my belly, and lift and pull inward for ten contractions. On the tenth contraction, he said he felt this big gurgle and a release, like the baby was settling in. My contractions eased and I immediately felt better. He left to take the dog to the neighbors, and I got in the shower to rest. I felt uncomfortable in the shower, so I sat on the toilet instead. When the next contraction came, I felt the urge to push. It was like things progressed from zero to ten in just seconds! I called the doula, and she told me to try to keep the baby in by making high-pitched sounds rather than lower growls. So I was yipping on the toilet when my husband came back.
The doula arrived, and she told him to get the car ready while I got dressed. She asked me to check myself and describe what I felt, and she said it was my call as to whether we should go to the hospital or Baby+Company. I really wanted to give birth at the center, and I thought I could make it, so we zoomed over there. I was lying down in the backseat, yipping and clutching the car door.
The midwives were ready for me when we got there at 9:22. I got into bed and they suggested I lay on my side. After a quick check they told me I could push. Five minutes and three pushes later, Amelia was born! No one could have predicted that it would happen so quickly. It was such a whirlwind! I was almost disappointed because I wanted to labor longer at the birth center, enjoying the luxurious tub and shower, but I didn’t get the chance. All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and I’m so glad I made it to the birth center and didn’t have a hospital birth. The midwives were wonderful and it was a very special day for my family.”