It’s now been a week since our little Ezra arrived! Finally!! We couldn’t be happier and more in love! He is perfect in every way. I love love love being a mommy (to one more). Holding his tiny body against my own after the short but intense birth was magical – God couldn’t have made the process of becoming a mother more gratifying. As you’ve guessed already by the title, he was born right here in our home. We are so happy with this decision. There is nothing more special and more intimate than birthing in the comfort and privacy of your own home with a competent [and truly amazing] midwife. This is our [quick] home birth story:
We called Roxanna (the midwife) around 2 am, she arrived about 2:30, and Ezra was born at 3:00 (all rough numbers of course). I was blessed to not really have very hard surges until about the time they were walking in the door. Before that my darling hubby was at my side to push on pressure points on my back or knees between getting things ready around the house. Another midwife near by had come over and checked me and baby earlier in the evening and found that baby was posterior. She suggested that I go to sleep in a certain position and see if it helps. I did. Until I was too uncomfortable to keep doing so… then I crawled around for a while (a perfect example of why a home birth is so nice). It’s kind of amazing, but I felt the moment that Ezra turned. We went from 6 minutes apart to 1 or 2 almost instantly. So I was in active labor only about an hour or two before my midwife arrived. Even though we had planned on a water birth, that plan was squashed pretty quickly. Surges basically continued with hardly a break long enough to walk more than a step between let alone fill a tub and climb into it. And so with no small effort, Ezra, with his perfect big ol’ head, was in daddy’s arms and then right into mine. I was then tucked warmly in bed and got to hold my baby as my midwife did his new baby exam… Like I said, intimate and special. Oh, and Jonah slept like an angel through everything.
I’ll be honest, even though my last (first) birth was incredibly long and exhausting, I walked away from it with little recollection of much pain at all (not that I didn’t experience discomfort, I did). You always hear how terrible the experience of birth is, but I didn’t agree. I ignored the hype and misery that most women were jumping at the chance to share and compare and instead I focused on my hypnobirthing techniques all the way to the very end with great results. This time around, I envisioned my birth being absolutely perfect and serene (I know, some of you are rolling your eyes, as if that could really happen…) and expected it to be short and sweet (I got the short part!). I didn’t do much preparation for it, however. I didn’t have as good of a diet nor did I work out all throughout as I did the first time. I did take a Hypnobabies crash course near the end though, and I could see how, with a lot more practice, it could be even more effective than the Hypnobirthing. But, like I said, we did a crash course. That being said, I didn’t experience much relief using the Hypnobabies method. In fact, I found that I just got confused and discouraged and didn’t end up using anything. I still like to believe that a comfortable birth is possible, but I now understand better what these other women must have experienced. This was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. Fast but intense.
Jonah loved baby Ezra right away and covered him in kisses and love. It didn’t take much time, however, for him to get thoroughly annoyed with this new critter that was invading his territory. But he’s coming back around slowly…