I am setting up some positive birth stories on my website; http://emeraldeyez.com/pb/wp_ba832fbd/wp_ba832fbd.html?0.7233113055941036
Any mamas want to contribute? if you post it here let me know if i can use it on my site or not. Here is mine.....
February 22, 2004 my daughter Brooklyn Star was born, it was one of the most beautiful expiriences of my lifetime. Earlier that day I took my three children swimming at the jr. high-school pool in Amherst. For some reason I was feeling extra flexible and kept bobbing my huge belly around in the water, doing squats and lunges; I felt weightless. At 4:00 pm I had had enough and as we dried off I began to feel contractions, it seemed to me that they were becoming more and more regular but even after three births, I still wondered, "is this really labor?" At home I relaxed and fed my kids dinner, we just relaxed after that. I started to get more excited, this was really happening.... for the fourth time!
Around 12:00 am I decided to call my midwife, I had seen some blood and mucus when I used the bathroom and just wanted to let her know that I thought I was in labor. She asked what I wanted to do, and I knew that I was going to stay home as long as possible, so I told her I was going to sleep and would call back when I was ready to come.
I laid on my bed visualizing my uterus contraction and my cervix opening everytime I felt another one, I knew my baby was coming sooner. My husband was quietly sleeping by my side. My children slept in their beds, prepared to get up when it was time to go to the hospital. I had planned on their attending the birth, but it ended up happening so fast, that they missed it. I was so relaxed and so in-tune with my body that I was easily able to breath through contraction after contraction, resting in between. At about 3:30am I called my midwife back, told her I was coming soon, and my mother came to our house to pick us all up.
The ride to the hospital brought on more intense contractions. I let my body relax, I would vocalize and breath through them; and then explain to my wide eyed kids in the back seat that mommy was okay, the baby was coming and it felt better to make noise. At the exact moment we pulled into the emergency exit at the hospital that my water broke. I stood up, covered in meconium laced amniotic fluid, and held out my hands, "I'm all wet" I said and went into the hospital bathroom. When I sat down on the toilet, I quickly stood up - I remembered that feeling all too well, the baby was coming, and I knew it was coming soon. If I had sat for a second longer I'm sure I would have pushed her out.
A very non-chalant nurse wheeled me up the the maternity ward and I kept telling her to move faster, I guess she couldn't tell how far along I really was because even in the midst of it all I was still pretty relaxed. "You still have awhile" she told me, as I held my legs together trying to keep my baby inside. The minute we got into the delivery room I saw my midwife, she told me to get onto the bed, the nurses helped me to stand, and as my midwife turned to wash her hands, my daughter made her appearance - just in time. I stuck my hand on her head to try to hold her in.... but she was already out! My husband had turned his back to put down our stuff and when he turned around she was already in my arms. Her birth was documented as a "birth without pushing." The meconium in the fluid has not affected her and she was perfectly fine. I held her tiny little body, and breastfed her. It was amazing.
Birth story by mamaruby ( I guess I was my own doula!)