Joyce's story

Jane's Birth

I had my fifth baby at home with nursemidwives.  My four other children were born in the hospital, two with physicians and two with midwives.  My birth,at home, was by far the best birthing experience.

I went into labor at about 6:00 am while I was in the shower, my husband was already at work.  I wasn't 100 % sure this was the real thing, since I contract all the time and I was two weeks early.  I called my husband and warned him that this could be it.  I called my midwife and warned her also.  I had an appointment that am, so I told her I would sit tight and see how things progressed. By 8:30 am I decided that this was definitely the real thing.  I called my husband to come home and I paged my midwife.  It was the last day of school, so I put the kids on the bus, telling them that today might be the baby's birthday. My husband was home by 9:00 and I spoke to my midwife and told her she should come and I called my birth assistant.  I sent my two year old to my neighbors.  My birth team arrived by 10:00.  I was having back labor and was beginning to get more uncomfortable.  My oldest came home and was excited, because she had wanted to be there for the baby's birth.  Everyone was terrific.  My midwife and birth assistant left me alone with my husband as much as possible, nobody told me what I could or couldn't do.  Being at home was the most relaxing feeling, being where I am most comfortable.  By 11:00, I was transitioning, I could feel the baby's head,  My midwife checked me and said try to break your bag of waters with a little push, I pushed, they broke, that was 11: 03.  I told them the baby was coming, and I delivered a beautiful baby girl into her Daddy's hands as I stood at the edge of my own bed with my comfortable flannel sheets at 11:04.  The baby was passed to me and we sat and nursed immediately,  It was the most awesome, powerful experience of my life.  My 12 year old was awestruck.  The other kids came home around 12 noon and couldn't believe the baby was already here. I highly recommend having a home birth!!
 Joyce Brenc



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