In between the waves I said, “If the kids want to see, tell them because it is happening”. I heard them come into the room. They were so excited. I could hear my toddler saying “baby is coming one minute”, and my 5 year old was excitedly asking questions as his Papa was trying to get him to settle down. My 8-year-old was quietly watching. She had decided last minute to watch. I had a couple more very intense waves with my body bearing down forcefully. I felt the strong sting of the ring of fire, which is the only...
My water broke. I knew the baby was coming. I wanted to squat. I wanted to move to the end of the bed, but it seemed miles away. Between contractions I was able to get to the end of the bed and into a supported squat with my man behind me. This is how I delivered four out of five of my babies, and began to push.I had to push with all my might. When the head was out, my man said he could see it in the mirror. With the next contraction I felt his body slide out. It...
My undisturbed birth allowed me to set my own timescale with what happened afterwards. Everything could unfold in my own time, when it felt right to do so. I had 2 hours of constant skin to skin with Fox after the birth and briefly handed him to Jay whilst I rinsed the blood and fluids off myself with water. We didn’t make any attempt to clean Fox, he stayed just as he was, we didn’t dress him at all for 5 days, and he has slept with us in our bed from day 1.
After laying down, Zachary gave me some herbs to stop bleeding and for the pains. I also learned that placenta helps stop bleeding, so we cut off a small chunk and I placed it in my cheek. It was remarkably flavorless and much less gross than it seems! It also did seem to be quite effective.