Deanna's birth

I never got around to blogging my best friend, Carey’s birth of her third child. She was planning a home birth. This was her third natural birth, but first home and first in the water, I was very excited to be present for a water birth. But Carey’s first 2 babies came very quickly, 10 hours for the first and 4 for the second. Needless to say we knew this birth was going to be quick and since she lives about an hour and 15 minutes away from me not driving in traffic I was very concerned I would miss the birth. So long story short, I got a call 10 minutes after contractions started, got on the road within the next 10 minutes and arrived about a half hour AFTER her baby boy was born! I wasn’t all that surprised, but still very disappointed. Carey did tell me how the water was amazing. At least I got to be there so soon after he was born and she did get the home birth she wanted. So it all worked out.

I happily can say now that I have finally been able to attend a water birth and I must say it was an amazing birth all around. Deanna is a first time mom who’s husband is in Afghanistan for over a year long deployment. She showed so much strength and courage when I first met her and it carried throughout her labor as well.

Deanna was about a week over due when she went into to her check up and her midwife decided to strip her membranes. Immediately she started feeling crampy and about 10 labor contractions began. Deanna e-mailed me about midnight to tell me she had been having contractions 7-10 minutes apart for 2 hours and she said, “I just thought I should tell someone.” I called to see how she was doing and she sounded very calm and relaxed. She was doing everything she was supposed to do, drinking plenty of water, going to the bathroom, snacking and moving around. Deanna did say she wanted to be alone, so we texted about every hour until about 4 a.m., when she said, she didn’t want to be alone anymore. Deanna had started to get nauseous around 2 a.m., which didn’t go away. I arrived about 4:15, she was on the floor hanging over her ball and throw up bag near. Her friend had arrived a few minutes earlier and was running a bath for her. Deanna was still so calm and peaceful.

The rest of the morning went on with Deanna in the bath for a while, on the floor, on the couch and throwing up. She called her midwife at 6 a.m. after contractions had been 5 minutes apart lasting sometimes 2 minutes for more then an hour. We went to the birth center and arrived about 8 a.m. There, her midwife checked her and she was at 8 cm dilated! She labored so much at home and no one could have guessed she was so far along. Deanna got right in the bath and within a half hour stated pushing. She never gave up and never lost her courage. Deanna so calmly pushed her little boy out in 40 minutes. She said the water was so amazing, if she had known, she would have gone to the birth center sooner. It just took so much of the discomfort away. It made it so much easier and more relaxing. Her little boy came out so content with wonderful apgar scores. It was a beautiful birth.
Photography by: Lindsey Kliewer