These are notes that i recorded on my computer while on the phone with a friend in the U.S. who was giving birth. All 3 of her daughters were born at home. Her midwives had a long trip to reach her place and they missed the birth by a half hour. I was able to stay on the phone with the husband and a neighbour.
Karen and Paul’s third baby girl
On a Waning Gibbous moon 76% Full
5:42 p.m. (Pacific Time) It’s going to be Karen’s own birthday tomorrow.
5:46 p.m. “I’m feeling it in my back, just like every other time I’ve birthed little women”. Pressure helps.
5:48 sensations every 2 minutes.
5 53 Tell Paul to put a plastic sheet on the bed. Baby is coming soon. Karen doesn’t feel like she can make it to the pool. Membranes are still intact. She feels like she might poo.
6 03 Paul says he is seeing some rectal flaring. It’s a good sign of health that the membranes are intact. Paul says, “I think it came closer that time”.
6 13 Karen says “I might try to make it to the pool.”
6 26 Karen steps into the pool. Paul and Mary (neighbour) are doing everything they can to make her comfortable. Water seems to calm Karen and relieves some of the intensity she was feeling. Paul should get a bucket in case she feels like vomiting.
6:33 Karen worries that it’s taking longer between sensations. I let her know that she’s having a ‘rest and be thankful period’. What an impatient momma, she is. . . she just can’t wait to meet this baby!
6:54 Karen wants to know “Why is it taking so long?” It’s been 12 hours since the mucous plug came out but it has only been about 4 hours of focused birth. She’s feeling nauseous now.
7:07 pm. Complains of feeling tired and her bum hurting,
7:16 p.m. “should I be pushing?, lots of rectal pressure, feeling scared. Nothing’s happening.”
7:35 p.m. Karen says “nothing’s happening, why isn’t the baby coming out?”
7:49 the head is out
7:51 baby born
7: 53 “Hi baby,” Karen greets her baby
8:00 Karen in bed. Wants placenta out right now! Mary (neighbour) and Paul are doing a great job of helping mom/baby get comfortable.
Baby nice and pink, responsive.water birth with candles
8:07 p.m. It’s a girl!
8:20 the midwives have arrived in time for the placenta.