The Birth of Pumpkin
Birth doesn't get more ordinary or straightforward than this one.
As you are probably aware, the preparation for this birth was nothing short of extraordinary. With 3 pathways a mapped out, this was going to be my birth. I kept getting images of dawn and the toilet in the week leading up to the birth. It was a harrowing week...in a way...I had a niggling cough that required me to wear a nappy of sorts, oh yeah, that was a joy. Then there was the earache from hell, which resulted in a perforated eardrum. Despite these discomforts I had a smooth last week, pumpkin was engaged, we were ready and it was just a matter of time.
The night of march 2, I felt the inkling. Something was different. But it did not seem quite happening. ...so we went to bed. I woke at 3:30 feeling very hopeful....and like a period onset. But again, was able to find sleep again. A little before 6, I was up again and restless. The period sensation was stronger and rhythmic. ..This was Labour. My head talk was definitely transitional....I can't do it, I don't want to...Please be over soon....then my doulabrain would chime in...you are doing it, you can and you will, go with it, breath, just breath......
I needed info, so I asked MOTL to check my cervix (I couldn't feel anything, and he is more familiar with it than me!) He felt a head and no 'lip', this made me relax. I could help now.
All I wanted was to poo. The dawn and the toilet both featuring as I had imagined. Leaning back on the toilet trying to poo, I realised pumpkin was crowning! Not on the toilet!
I managed to stand up, just as a head came out. A moment later a body fell into MOTLs waiting hands. It was amazing feeling her head with my hand as it crowned.
It was 7am.
The kids were up and waiting to meet their sister. They offered me water and sat with me as the first breastfeed was happening. The placenta was born about 7:10, and placed in a bowl, still attached. It stayed like that for a few hours.
Pumpkin is a girl, my second daughter, and my autumn baby. With her my family is complete. I feel so relieved that everyone has arrived safely. We have named her Silmariën. Her siblings adore her, they can't walk by without giving her a pat or a kiss, they are so proud of their baby.
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