Lawson's homebirth story, April 3, 2021
We love it when our clients share their birth stories with us! Ashley, mom of 3 and surrogate mother of 1, shares with us her first homebirth experience supported by her husband, Wade, and her doula, Emily. Read on for her insights and experience and join us in congratulating her entire family. Welcome to the world, baby Lawson!
"On April 3, I woke up around 3 am to use the rest room and had the slightest, almost unnoticeable cramping. This would be my 4th labor but my first time having a home birth and unmedicated. Since I was 40 weeks and 2 days I got a tad excited thinking this was finally it!
Knowing that the beginning stages of labor could be lengthy, I laid back down to try and get back to sleep. I had that cramping feeling again over the next hour or so and decided to get up since I was wide awake.
By 4am the cramping turned a little more noticeable, around 30 seconds and a few minutes apart. I kept busy, walked around, had some breakfast and by 5:30 I told my husband, Wade, I was definitely in labor! You’d think by the 4th I would have known earlier but the contractions were so mild but close together I was worried it was a false alarm.
I called my doula, Emily, to give her a heads up, and told her my contractions were 2 minutes apart and about 45 seconds long, but I was still able to talk through them and only about a 5 on the pain scale. This is when I decided to put my TENS units on my back to offset the contracts. I had never used them before and they SAVED ME. As the contractions became stronger I could amp up the electrical pulses and it truly gave my mind a distraction from the pain.
At 6:00 I called my midwife to let her know where I was at, and about 6:30 I asked my Doula to head over because the contractions were becoming stronger, however still 2 minutes apart and about 30-45 seconds long. By 7am both my children, 8 and 5, woke up, which was nice, brief distraction but I was in active labor and needed my Doula. I shot her a few texts saying I needed her NOW and to hurry. Luckily she wasn't far and arrived shortly thereafter.
When Emily arrived she could tell I was in transition, and told my husband we should start filling the birth pool. Everything was quite a whirlwind from there. At 7:30 my Mother had arrived to pick up the kids, offering me some mental relief to know they were taken care of, and my husband and Doula were working hard to provide me some pain relief. At that point I was baring down with the extreme urge to push. My husband called the midwife and she was on her way but still an hour away. The pool was ready so I slipped in and continued to labor (about 7:45).