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Quinn Emerson Homebirth

Quinn
The births of my three children were some of the most memorable moments of my life. I had my third child at home with DawningLife Midwifery. Here is how the story goes.

On a Thursday, which was 11 days after my due date, I had been having periodic contractions. They didn’t seem like anything more than what I had been feeling for weeks. Coming close to 2 weeks overdue, I was also over-ready for this baby to make its way into the world. I was huge and uncomfortable and losing patience as the days ticked by. That day, I decided to try nipple stimulation to get things going. I felt contractions as I was in and out of sleep through the night until 2:30 a.m. At that point, I felt like they were getting strong enough and regular enough that we should time them.

Quinn
The births of my three children were some of the most memorable moments of my life. I had my third child at home with DawningLife Midwifery. Here is how the story goes.

On a Thursday, which was 11 days after my due date, I had been having periodic contractions. They didn’t seem like anything more than what I had been feeling for weeks. Coming close to 2 weeks overdue, I was also over-ready for this baby to make its way into the world. I was huge and uncomfortable and losing patience as the days ticked by. That day, I decided to try nipple stimulation to get things going. I felt contractions as I was in and out of sleep through the night until 2:30 a.m. At that point, I felt like they were getting strong enough and regular enough that we should time them. So, I woke up my husband, telling him it was time. He jumped out of bed and started scurrying around the room. He timed my contractions while busying himself with getting things ready in the room. He started filling the tub, gathering candles, setting up the music, and a few hours later, called Debbie. After talking to her, he said he would call her back when the contractions became more regular and closer together. By 6:00 a.m. he called Debbie back to tell her things had intensified and I was getting anxious to have her there. She came right over, and I remember that even though I was distracted by contractions, I felt relief when she walked in the room. She checked me and I think she said I was about 8 cm dilated. She said we needed more air in the tub, and then I could get in. Getting in the water was such relief. I felt my body soften right up. Contractions were still hard, but the water felt amazing. My memory of those hours is of me riding the waves of contractions while Debbie, Tanya, and Mark sat around the tub, quietly encouraging me. The music, the candlelight, and the energy those people brought with them made it pretty serene.

After a couple hours, I felt the need to push. I felt like I was having a hard time getting the baby down, but I wanted to push. Maybe I was just impatient, but I really felt the need to get it out by then. My water hadn’t broken and Debbie said she could break it for me. She also gave us advice for positions that might help it come faster, since that is what I seemed to be wanting. Debbie was so respectful of my wishes the whole time! Pushing was hard, but I was glad to be in the water. I was discouraged at how long it was taking (though it wasn’t that long in retrospect!). Once I felt the head, I knew I could do it. I think this third birth I could feel more than I remember feeling with either of the other two. I wonder if I will always remember the intense burning sensation. Once the head was out, though, it felt like I was in the clear. Debbie skillfully talked me through the rest, as far as how much to push. My husband is in chiropractic school, and after learning about all the stress put on a baby in the birth canal, he was very grateful that Debbie just let the baby come. There was no pulling or prying.

At 9:01 a.m. he just seemed to emerge. I felt a rush of ecstasy, which was pure relief. I didn’t even think to check for the gender right away. My daughters (age 6 and 3) and my parents came in the room at that point. The room suddenly felt full of joy. After everyone got a good look at him, I finally thought to check the sex. The realization that he was a boy only added to my relief, not because I was hoping for a boy, but because I was longing to know who he was. I felt like I had been traveling a mysterious journey in the dark, and here was the light which would begin to answer all the questions I had along the way.

My husband held our new little Quinn as I got into bed. When I hit those sheets, I felt that everything I had been wanting for the last 9 months had come to be. It was a wonderful feeling to be in my own bed with my perfect baby and my family and friends surrounding me. I was so well cared for by Debbie, Tanya, and my family. From then on, Debbie continued to be a constant support. We knew we could call her anytime, and we did. She brought us calm and reassurance.

This was my last planned pregnancy, and I truly would not have changed anything about it. My first birth was a hospital birth that followed the predictable series of interventions and resulted in a forceps delivery with an episiotomy and third degree tear after 36 hours of labor. With each birth, I came closer to what I consider to be the ideal birth, and I reached it this time! It was a wonderful way to end this period of my life, and a beautiful way for my baby to begin his life. He was born into a room full of joy and embraced with loving arms by all who touched him those first moments. I think of that every time I see the sparkle in his eyes. I remember that through all the checking that followed the birth, he was utterly peaceful and calm. It was as if he knew how much love was surrounding him already.

Now, as I look back on my pregnancy and birth, I am filled with gratitude for both Debbie and Claudia. They treated me with honor and made me feel like I could rest in their care, trusting that they would guide me on the path I wanted to take.

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