Unplanned | The Life of K: Unplanned

Monday, March 21, 2011


An unplanned homebirth, while not without its perks, had some downfalls too. We enjoyed not having to go to the hospital and all the disruptions that come with being away from home, sorting out childcare at strange hours for Baby J, and traveling while in labour and then the next day with a newborn.

Our homebirth worked out really really well and if there's another baby we'll plan to labour and have the baby at home. Because planning really is the key. If we had planned to have the baby at home, we would have had extra towels on hand, a protective cover on the bed, our midwives on site instead of scrambling to get here and arriving late. We wouldn't have needed to call 911 and have paramedics trampling through the house and have so many strangers in our space and especially not in my personal space seeing me so naked and raw.

Lots of things would be different but the truth is that I wouldn't change what happened for anything. It was actually really great labouring at home with J, with the lights down low and Baby J sleeping away in his room down the hall. Looking back, it was really nice seeing how J handled everything, having to deal with a screaming wife, obviously in pain, not knowing what to do and whether the baby would survive half in and half out of my body without monitoring. He really took charge and stepped up.

Even though we had that little time of panic between me yelling that the baby was coming out and her first cries, the birth was actually really nice. And after the birth was even better - so relaxed and comfortable.

While we survived, our stuff took some beating. We had to toss our sheets and lots of towels and clothing and our carpets looked awful. The good news is that I got to go out and get a new comforter and new bedding. A friend gifted us a new towel with a note saying we may need it. And last week J rented a carpet cleaner and attacked the footprints left by the numerous paramedics.

Our house looks like new and no one had to go to the hospital. Perfect.

1 comment:

  1. I was actually wondering what happened to the bedding. I figured it would have had to been tossed. It sounds like it was a really incredible experience.