Heather's homebirth story

My water broke at 8pm on Saturday night.  I was in the kitchen and I heard a funny sound, like paper tearing.  When I looked down I was all wet!  I called our midwife and she was at another birth 2 hours away. We talked on the phone for a while and decided  to call another midwife to come and "labor sit" until she could get there.

 The backup midwife arrived and we talked for a couple of hours and then decided a little after midnight to go to bed and try to rest.  I went to our bedroom and tried to lay down but that was so painful.  I couldn't lay down for my entire labor.  I woke my husband up and he pressed on my lower back through the contractions.

At about 1:30am I was checked because I was feeling shaky, nausea, etc.  I thought all right I'm already in transition.  I was only at 4cm.  Our midwife arrived at about 4:30am.  I labored all though the house. I really found comfort in the bath tub.  I got in twice during labor.  We decided that I needed to be more upright so I tried many other positions.  I finally ended up on the toilet for the last part of labor.  It was so comfortable that I was able to sleep between contractions.

I started pushing at about 1:30pm on Sunday.  We tried many different positions for pushing also.  I have a flat pubic bone and it felt as if I was pushing up against a brick wall for a long time.  We finally found the magic position that worked for me and delivered a wonderful baby boy at 3:50pm.

I LOVED giving birth at home.  It was a wonderful experience that I hope to repeat soon.

~Heather Henderson
Central California


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