You may have noticed that my posts lately have been a little irregular and that’s because our Little Bébé finally arrived!
On Sunday, December 7th at 3:30 am, I woke for my routine preggo-restroom break and noticed some consistent back pain. It wasn’t too strong so I decided to go back to sleep and ignore the start of contractions.
Around 5 am I decided it was time to wake The Beau, plus I couldn’t sleep any longer–partly from pain, partly from the excitement of knowing labor was fast approaching and with it, the end of pregnancy! I knew we had some time to waste before calling the midwife at our birth center, so I decided to let The Beau get a little more rest while I took a very long, hot shower–anything to distract from the contractions.
At 6 am we called the center and by 9 am we were on our way. Nothing was more exciting [and terrifying!] then leaving home knowing we’d return a family of three.
. . . I haven’t shared much about my pregnancy or our birth details, but awhile back The Beau and I decided to go the natural route with our birth plan. If you’re a regular reader of Clean & Proper, you probably know by now that I am a huge advocate for clean eating, non-processed food and am a critic of the food industry for its usage of corn syrup and preservatives. After much research on hospitals and the birth process, we chose a more humane and less invasive approach for the delivery of our first child. I guess you could say that when you become aware of what you eat and how the chemicals you ingest have a larger impact on your health, it’s impossible not to apply the same logic to birth and raising children!
The Beau and I decided to opt for a water birth in a free-standing birth center (don’t worry, the hospital was down the street) with nurse midwives and a doula for support. We spent pregnancy preparing and participated in a 10-week birth class which provided more insight and valuable knowledge then I could ever share with you in just one post! Plus, for those of you not in the baby-stage of life, I hate to bore you with all the medical details. If you’re interested in some of this information, see below at the end of my post for some of my recommendations on where to seek information about such a delivery and the resources we used . . .
Once we arrived at the center I immediately got into the jacuzzi tub while the midwives filled the free-standing birth tub that I would use to deliver. Unfortunately, our baby girl decided to arrive sunny-side up. I spent my entire labor in the birth pool, but had to deliver out of the water and not without the threat of being rushed to the hospital as she had difficulty moving over my pelvic bone and being pushed out. I am eternally grateful though for the staff at our birth center as my delivery surely would have resulted in an epidural, c-section or other medical intervention had they not helped me deliver her safely at the center.
At 2:13 pm on Sunday, December 7th, just five hours later, our baby girl arrived. By 7 pm that evening we were back at home, enjoying delicious chicken noodle soup and corn bread from my mother.
When picking out names, The Beau and I kept circling back to Mae. It is short and sweet and continually remained our first choice. Her middle name is a family name from my side. It was my great-grandmother’s last name, and the middle name of my grandmother, mother and sister.
The Beau did such an amazing job during delivery and I definitely could not have gotten through it without him, and without squeezing his hands to death. He helped me maintain my goal of a natural childbirth, even with excruciating back labor, and helped see through our birth plan when it got a little stressful. He was definitely my champion and together we delivered a super happy and healthy little girl.
For those of you interested in natural birth and the resources we used during pregnancy, please see below. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or leave a comment below.
- Reading: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
- Reading: True Birth: A Compilation of Real Birth Stories
- Reading: Birthing from Within
- Reading: The Happiest Baby on the Block
- Watch: The Business of Being Born
- Watch: More on The Business of Being Born
- Class & Resource: Birth Boot Camp
- Blog: My Breech Baby Blog