What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Carla Hannon

I had been having pains on June 11th but once i laid down they went away so i thought it was nothing. Then on June 12th they came back in full force. Because i thought it wasn’t that major i told my husband to stay home with our 8 year old. I went to the local hospital (which wasn’t the smartest choice seeing how they don’t do maternity) so they gave me some fluids and checked to make sure the heart beat was still beating, which it was. Then they transferred me to a bigger hospital that was 20 minutes away. Once i was in my room they hooked up the heart beat and contraction monitor on my stomach. Then the doctor came in to check me to make sure everything was ok. Once she was done checking me she informed me that my water had broke and she could see and feel his hair. I was 16 weeks early. My son wasn’t due until October 5th. He was born 1lbs 8oz. Once he was out they put a breathing tube right in and transferred him to Children’s Hospital Boston Ma. He is now 2 months old and is 3lbs 1oz and has the tube out of his mouth and prongs in his nose. He also made it threw heart surgery. But is currently doing amazing. He is our little fighter 🙂

You can stay in touch with little Lucas’s progress as well as offer a small donation to help this little fighter here: http://www.gofundme.com/rd5yo

What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Katharine Dutton
 I was due September 13, 2011 with my youngest son. After a few weeks of false labor, I woke up September 12th at 7 am with horrible stomach pain, but I couldn’t time them so I assumed they were just because I ate too much candy the night before thanks to my intense craving for heath bars. My husband told me to call the doctor to be safe and they told me to come down for a checkup. I got in the car with my husband, I was driving as he doesn’t have his license at the moment, and we began our 30 minute drive to the doctors office. I had been checked a few days before and was only 1 cm dilated.About halfway there the pain became noticeably worse and could be timed to every 3 minutes, but I had to keep driving. Somehow I was able to drive through the contractions to the doctors office who told me I was now 3 centimeters and in active labor and sent me to the hospital. I labored at the hospital for about 8 hours when the doctor came in to check me and told me I was about 7 centimeters but it would be awhile so just to relax. A half hour later I told my husband to go get the nurse because I felt like I had to push. The nurse came in telling me I wasn’t ready to push that I still had awhile before I would be 10 centimeters. My husband insisted on having the doctor come check. When the doctor checked I was more than ready to push and the staff started rushing to get things ready for my son to enter the world. 6 minutes after I began pushing, Colton Albert Dutton arrived at 5:01 pm on September 12, 2011.

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Alicia Dixon

The birth of Emily Rose 24/6/2012 

After my 41 week prenatal appointment, I felt anxious and pressured. I’d just tried to have a rational discussion with my obstetrician as to why I would not consent to induction and it was made clear that I was stubborn and irresponsible in her eyes. 
I went home to go over my affirmations, particularly the one about only my baby knowing when it was the right time to arrive, and I edited a picture of my very pregnant belly with the quote “who would think of tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging” . I also reassured my baby that I was very ready to meet her, and decided to relax in a clary sage bath before bed.

4am the next morning I awoke with those very familiar surges that were coming around 8 mins apart and decided to get up and sit in the lounge.
By 7am I told my partner to go to work but be on call because I was pretty sure this was it. ( we had plenty of pre labour from my due date onwards but this felt differently)
I managed well on my own until he returned from work at about 3, by which time the surges were around 5 mins apart. I decided to call my sister and started to work out care for my older girls. At about 4.30pm I decided to go to the hospital to check things out.

Once I got in the car everything stopped. No more surges just a very tired mum and the midwife at the hospital confirmed what I was dreading. I was only 1cm. I wasn’t even in labour although it felt very similar to my other two labours. The midwife offered a stretch and sweep and although I had been against them due to being positive strep b I agreed. I was sent home but was back again by 1am with waves coming on ontop of another. Another examination revealed 1 was at 5cm, so I leant over the bed rocking my hips for about 20 mins. 

When I announced that I wanted to push the midwife asked me to climb on the bed so she could see where we were at but as soon as I lay down my body took over and started pushing. It was unreal that I could not stop even if I had to! I decided that lying down was uncomfortable and climbed off the bed in a effort to get into a better position which I thought was all fours, but once standing my body took over once again And 20 mins later Emily rose came into this world weighing 4.78kg, 52cm long and a 37cm head! No pain relief, no tears no stitches just an amazing feeling of accomplishment! Apgars were 9 and 9 and my big alert princess snuggled in eagerly for a feed for the next hour or so ( and hasn’t really stopped since!)

I really am a firm believer that babies come when they are good and ready and that unless there are medical issues your body won’t produce a baby too big for you to birth. I think the main thing to remember that normal birth is not a flawed process and with a little trust and surrender our bodies will do what they were made to do!

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Sherry Blamer

On october 29 i started having contractions. so me and my fiance drove to the hospital we were gonna deliver at. we got there too early so i had to walk around to dialte to a 3. then after we checked in i walked the room we stayed in laboring. at four in the morning at 7 centimeters opted for an epidural. i really wanted an all natural birth though suffered a tail bone injury the month before and it didnt help. even though it wasnt in my plan 10 hours later i had a beautiful baby girl on october 30 at 1:15 pm weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces and 21 inches.

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Katie Salvador

We welcomed our 5th baby, 2nd daughter on February 20th! Abigail Glory weighed 9lbs and was 21 3/4 inches. Our older 4 children were present for the birth after a quick, peaceful 3 hours of “real” labor. She was born at home in the water. We were supported by our very hands off midwives, friends and Grandma! It was just awesome!!