My Home Birth Story

9 months ago i gave birth to my sixth child, a boy. This was my first experience with having a home birth, as all 5 of my previous births were in a hospital. Not only was this my first home birth, it was also my first natural birth. It was so very special, that i decided to write this blog post to share all the details, mainly just so i have a place to keep them for myself, but hopefully this will help someone else who might be considering home birth.

February 15, 2021 – 1 day past my due date – It was late at night, i had already gone to bed. I was woken up at 11:00 pm by a feeling like i had peed myself, however i was completely dry. I then thought maybe i needed to get up and use the bathroom. As soon as i got up my water broke. And when i say my water broke, i mean it really broke. Water was gushing out onto my bedroom floor. I had never experienced that before. The only other time my water broke on its own, it was just a trickle. So i really wasn’t expecting a flood. But a flood is what i got.

I called my midwife and let her know what was going on. So now the wait was on for contractions to pick up. We were waiting for them to be consistent. About 3-4 minutes apart.

My contractions never got to that point. They would be 10 minutes apart, then 4 minutes apart, then 18 minutes apart. They were all over the place. I decided to try to get some sleep.

February 16, 2021 – The next morning i got up and was still having contractions, but they weren’t consistent. My midwife called to ask how it was going and i told her there wasn’t much going on. We talked about the different ways to jumpstart labor (walking, nipple stimulation, etc.). I actually had a scheduled midwife appointment for that afternoon and i told her that i didn’t feel comfortable getting into the car and driving anywhere. I really didn’t want to give birth on the side of the road. She agreed that she would come over and check on me in the afternoon.

I just spent the day bouncing on my birth ball, walking around the house, listening to worship music, and praying. Lots and lots of praying. No matter what i did my contractions never got to a consistent point. I was having lots of contractions, but nothing to painful. Just uncomfortable.

My midwife arrived at about 4:00 pm just to see how i was doing. She listened to baby’s heartbeat and she checked my blood pressure. She was about to leave (because once again, my contractions were not consistent) when at the last minute she was like, maybe we should check you just for peace of mind. So, she checked me and i was 8 cm. I was shocked. I had no idea i was that close to being done dilating. She was like, guess i’m staying now. I’m so glad she checked me. (Side note: I live out in the country, so for her to get to my house it is about an hour drive.)

My midwife started to get things ready, and i kept on walking around the house. At about 8:20 pm, i did the usual bedtime routine with the kids and by 8:40 pm i was in my bedroom and my midwife was checking me again. I was fully dilated, but my cervix was swollen. Even though i didn’t feel the need to push, she told me to start pushing. Once i started pushing the contractions started to get more intense. Super painful. Here is where i start to lose track of time.

After awhile, the contractions were so painful i just wanted some relief, so i decided to try the birthing pool. I had heard that water helps lessen the contractions and by this point i just needed a break from them. I hated the birthing pool. Trying to push while in the water was so uncomfortable for me. I had lost the ability to talk at this point. I couldn’t tell anyone what i needed. Finally, my midwife suggested we move out of the pool and all i could do was nod my head yes. They got me out of the pool and onto the bed.

I’m not sure how much longer it was after i moved onto the bed, but i gave a really big push and his head came out. He was born at 11:40 pm on the 16th of February. It was a little over 24 hours after my water broke when he was finally born. My actual labor was only 3 hours though.

He was 7 pounds 14 ounces and 20 inches long.

We are all so happy he is here and a part of our family. We love him so much.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my home birth experience. I would absolutely do it again, it was a very healing journey (especially since my last birth was so traumatic).

xoxo,

Home Birth Supplies

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing all the home birth supplies i have been gathering over the past several weeks.

My midwife gave me a list of everything needed for my home birth, so all these things were on that list. *I will try to link as many things as possible, to make it easier for you to find in case you are also having a home birth.*

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide
  2. Cookie Sheets (2 of them, large size)
  3. Medium Sized Bowls (2 of them)
  4. Large Garbage Bags (2 of them)
  5. Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags (2 of them)
  6. Laundry Basket
  7. Rapid Read Digital Thermometer
  8. Flashlight
  9. Witch Hazel Frozen Pads
  10. Ibuprofen
  11. Shower Curtains (2 of them)
  12. Birth Pool Liner
  13. Arnica Tablets
  14. Bach’s Rescue Remedy Tincture
  15. AfterEase Tincture
  16. Small Fish Net
  17. Herbal Sitz Bath
  18. Dark Colored Sheets (2 sets of them)
  19. Towels (6) and Wash Cloths (8)
  20. Cotton Receiving Blankets (10)
  21. In His Hands Birth Kit – My midwife has a special custom birth kit on this site.

Some items i already had on hand, like the laundry basket for example. Other items i had never even heard of before, like Arnica Tablets for example.

Getting ready for this home birth has definitely been an experience. I can’t wait until baby is born, so i can share how my first ever home birth & natural birth went. As i’m sure it’s going to be an incredible experience.

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash. This post may contain affiliate links.*

37 Weeks Pregnant {Baby #6 Update}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing an update on baby #6.

Last week my midwife came out to my house to get a feel of the space we will be birthing in and also to check that i’ve gathered all my home birth supplies.

While she was here, she did my regular checkup and everything is looking great with baby & me.

At my 34 week checkup i was measuring 2 weeks ahead (36 weeks), but at my 36 week checkup i was measuring right at 36 weeks.

As far as symptoms go, i’ve been having more and more contractions. I’ve also been having a lot of morning sickness, which i’ve never experienced 3rd trimester morning sickness before with any of my other pregnancies. It’s also been harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

That’s about it for this update, not much else to share. I will now be doing weekly updates until baby is born, so be sure to check back next week to see how things are going.

Birth Affirmations {Free Printable}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing a free printable i’ve made for the upcoming birth of my 6th baby.

I’ve actually never used birth affirmations before, but this time around i’m doing so many things different that i thought why not give them a try.

I’ve created 16 birth affirmations and compiled them into an easy to print PDF file.

Here’s an example of some of the affirmations…

You can download the free PDF file for yourself, HERE.

I hope you enjoy this product!

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash.*

Home Birth Plans

I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby number 6. At 24 weeks pregnant (more than halfway through my pregnancy) i switched from an OB-GYN to a Midwife. Today i’m going to share why i made the switch, and what my birth plans look like.

Honestly from the very beginning i knew this pregnancy was different, or maybe it is me that is different. Either way, immediately i had thoughts of having a home birth. I shared with my husband that i was thinking i wanted a home birth and at first it was a flat out ‘No’ from him. *A little background information here, my husband has past trauma from home births, so my asking him and getting his approval is to be respectful of him and his trauma.*

So, i let the idea of a home birth go for a little while and just saw my regular OB-GYN that i’ve seen since my first pregnancy over 15 years ago. I hated every appointment though. I just had this strong feeling that a home birth is what i was needing. So again, i talked with my husband about having a home birth. He still wasn’t on board, but it wasn’t a hard no like the first time.

Finally, after my 24 week appointment with my OB-GYN, my husband agreed that we could meet with a midwife and get more information on having a home birth. At 27/28 weeks pregnant we met a midwife and after leaving her office, my husband and i both felt a sense of calm & peace surrounding having a home birth.

I can’t give you a solid reason as to why i want a home birth, other than i just feel it in my soul that it is the right thing to do this time around.

As far as switching from an OB-GYN to a midwife, i was tired of feeling like a number. I was tired of feeling like i had no say in anything. I also don’t like a lot of the hospital’s policies, where i was going to deliver at.

I knew i had made the right decision to switch when i received a phone call from my OB-GYN’s office. I had an appointment scheduled with them for my 27 week check-up, but i cancelled it. I never heard from them until 2 days before Christmas (32 weeks pregnant). So the last time they had seen me was at my 24 week appointment, it had been almost 10 weeks before they even cared to contact me.

Anyways, i now have a midwife and i plan to birth at home completely naturally. My midwife has a birth pool that she will be bringing, although i’m not sure if i will use it or not. But it will be nice to have the option.

All of this is completely new for me, as all 5 of my other children have been born in the same hospital. I was also induced with all 5 of my other children. I also had an epidural for all 5 of my other children. So i’ve never experienced natural childbirth. That should probably scare me, but like i said this pregnancy has been different or i’m different, but i’m not scared at all. I feel so much peace surrounding this decision.

Later on this week, i plan on sharing my homeschool plans during the postpartum period. I will also be sharing some birth affirmations, that i plan on using for myself. And maybe even a home birth supply haul? Would anyone be interested in that? Let me know.

That’s it, for my home birth plans. I hope you all are having an amazing new year, so far.

*Stock photo provided by Unsplash.*