December 2, 2010
2nd Baby
Briar Hill Midwives

My husband, Adam and I went to our 40 week midwife appointment on December 1st (the day before our actual due date). When I woke up that morning, I had a little talk to my baby Bean (in utero nick name) to let him or her know it is ok to come out now. I told our Bean to be brave. It was time to finally meet each other face to face.

At our appointment, my midwife Penny checked me and found me to be 50% effaced but not dilated. She told me it was more than likely I could be a few more days before I’d give birth. Both Adam and I were very excited at the prospect we could be parents again in a few days.

Later on that night around 8:30 pm, my parents stopped by for a visit. I was in the middle of getting some last minute pregnancy photos with our 9 year old son, Riley. When we finished, I asked my parents if I could take their picture. As my father was moving in front of my picture back drop, I felt a pop and gush of fluid between my legs. I was startled when I realized my water just broke! My husband ran for towels, and my poor father ran for the exit.

We decided to call the midwives. I still hadn’t had any contractions and I was advised to get some sleep. It still could be hours before anything happened. It was the same scenario as with my first child. My water broke first but it was hours before anything happened. I wasn’t too worried about anything happening soon. I figured I could get a night’s rest. My mom decided to stay over to be with our 9 year old son, Riley, in case I did go into labour.

Ha ha, the joke was on me. My contractions started 3 hours after my water broke. They were nice and easy for half an hour, and then they started coming every three minutes and they were getting very intense. My husband Adam and my mother decided to call our midwives @ 1:30 am. At this point I remember telling them NOT to call as this was the same as with my first baby and it would be hours before I would be fully dilated. Then I went into a very long intense contraction which had me moaning. Carol, the midwife heard this over the phone, and told Adam she was on her way. She arrived at 2:30 am, and checked me right away. I was 5 cm. Uh oh. This was going really fast. The contractions were so intense, and they felt like they were on top of each other. I frequently changed positions from sitting on the toilet to standing in the shower. Back and forth, back and forth which felt like forever but was only another hour my husband tells me. Then all of a sudden I felt like I really needed to push badly. Carol said I probably needed to push so she and Adam quickly got the tub ready for me to get in. Adam stayed beside me, coaching me on to keep doing what I was doing, I was so amazing, and he loved me very much.

Carol checked me again and I was almost 10 cm but I had a cervical lip. Carol told me she was going to push the lip aside so I could push. Now, Carrie, now! You are 10 cm! The urge to push was so overwhelming and incredibly powerful! I felt I couldn’t control my body, it was going to do what it needed to do to birth my baby. I remember trying to push and breathe the way Rhonda taught us in class. I only did about 4 pushes when I heard Carol’s voice very far away telling me to stop pushing or I was going to tear. That took every ounce of strength I had to pull back, and wait for Carol to ease my baby’s head out while applying pressure to my perineum. She grabbed my hand and made me feel the top of my baby’s head. I remember just thinking “get the baby out now I don’t want to feel the head let’s get on with this!!!” Then with a tiny push, my baby’s head came out. Carol told me to go ahead and push again. I gave one more tremendous push and my baby was out! The incredible, sweet relief from the contraction and pushing sensations having stopped suddenly coupled with the amazement and joy of seeing my beautiful, dark haired baby made me weep! I heard my mom, who was a quiet spectator through all of this, ask “Is it a boy or girl?” Carol turned our baby around so we could see, and sure enough, we had a daughter. I remember Adam and I starting to weep again for joy and happiness while looking at this amazing gorgeous girl with her dark hair and chubby, beautiful body. Our Emma, born December 2nd 2010 @ 4:10 am. She was 8lbs, 2 oz with silky, dark hair.

Our dear boy Riley woke up at 7 am when most of the excitement had died down. He was coming into show me the money the tooth fairy had left him for a tooth he lost the day before. I’ll never forget the look of surprise on his face when he came into my room and saw a baby in my arms! “What the heck???” he exclaimed, and then broke into a huge smile, and jumped into bed with us to welcome his new baby sister!

Thank you to Carol and the rest of the Briar Hill Midwives who cared for us during our pregnancy, delivery and the post-partum period. Their guidance and support gave us the most memorable, beautiful birth of our daughter, and whose advice, and experience helped tremendously to ensure little Emma could breastfeed successfully. They will always have a very special place in our hearts!

Thank you so very much!


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