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Monday, March 25, 2013

World Doula Week - Birth stories

I'm a bit of a birth story junkie. I read at least a couple every day. That may sound weird, but I just love them.

Let's rewind to Christmas 2008.On Christmas Day I found out I was pregnant. This was actually my second time, but I had miscarried the first at 6 weeks. I was excited but on high alert for those first few weeks until I got past 6 weeks.

After seeing my family doctor I switched over to midwifery care and, other than some pretty significant pain that stopped me from running, my pregnancy went smoothly.

On September 7th, my water broke. I was 4 days past my due date. I was home alone but assured J he could stay out because I wasn't having contractions. The contractions started in the morning and I laboured at home for hours with J. We went to the hospital when they were five minutes apart, over a minute long each and had been that way for over an hour (the 5-1-1 rule).

We met our second midwife and student midwife at the hospital and laboured there until it was time to push. Pushing lasted what felt like an eternity and I was exhausted. I didn't want to push lying on my back but that was the only thing I could so I did. Little J was born at 5:02pm on September 8th, 2009.

(Little J's full birth story here.)

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Fast forward 8 months to another positive pregnancy test. This pregnancy was similar to my first though I was with the midwives from day 1. The only thing we really needed to research and get was a double stroller so I spent a lot of time reading about labour and birth.

The day after my February due date my body starting preparing and that night when I went to bed the contractions started. I laboured on my own for a couple hours but finally woke up J. My water broke at 2am and we paged our midwife. We agreed to call again when contractions got regular (following the 5-1-1 rule) and we'd meet at the hospital. Contractions weren't regular and I was lying on my side in bed breathing through them until one particularly painful one where I jumped up onto my hands and knees. It hurt in my back and I knew this position would help alleviate some of that pain. I was just complaining about the pain and about how there was no way I'd last through the entire labour without drugs if it hurt so bad, when her head started coming out.

I jumped off the bed and got to the bathroom (I still don't remember any reasoning other than wanting the toilet when something was coming out of me). J called 911 and hauled me back to bed where a couple minutes later he caught our baby and handed her to me.

Not long after our house was full of paramedics and about 20 minutes later our midwives too. Little K was born at 3:46am on February 17th, 2011.

(Full birth story for Little K here.)  

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No matter what kind of birth you have it transforms you. You are changed. And writing out your birth experience can help you process the change. It can be exciting and exhausting and healing and a whole bunch of things. There are so many emotions surrounding birth and every story is different.

Since it's still World Doula Week, I wanted to point out that a doula can help you write out your birth story and even help work through some emotions if you had an experience that wasn't what you wanted or expected. If you want to just write it out for yourself, I don't think you'll regret it, but if you want to share, I'm all ears!

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