Home Birth Story

I have had three home births. My first five were in the hospital and after a loss at 18 weeks, my husband and I were ready for a home birth experience.

It was hard to find a midwife here in Illinois as Illinois is not very midwife friendly. We interviewed a couple of midwives and we ended up going with one a friend from church recommended. She was just what we needed. She is very laid back, but knowledgeable and experienced. She allowed me to labor the way I wanted to.

With my first home birth, I was a nervous wreck for the first 20 weeks. I did go see our family doctor to hear baby's heartbeat at the 18 week mark before I saw our midwife and then I started seeing her after that.

I had a normal pregnancy. No complications. I'd have to look at my pregnancy journal but I think my labor started and because my fifth came so fast, our midwife came to our home at about 11pm. I desired quiet and she left our bedroom to wait outside. I labored on my knees beside our bed. My husband supplied me with a cold face cloth for my forehead and the back of my neck. I had to shush him because I wanted quiet when he tried to talk to me. I labored like that and started to get grunty as I moved into transition, that's when my midwife started talking through the door and wanted to check me. She checked me, can't remember where I was but I didn't push for very long before our fourth daughter was born at about 1:30am, just a couple of hours after our midwives arrival.

Pretty straight forward labor and delivery. I do remember our daughter not responding right away and our midwife had me talk to her and then as I spoke to her she was fine, but I was starting to freak a bit because I was worried I'd have a stillbirth since I'd experienced pretty much everything but a stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy. Thankfully she was fine. She weighed 9 lbs 8 oz.

I enjoyed showering right away with my husband's help, in my own bathroom. Then they tucked me in to start nursing baby girl. By 4:30am I think little people started hearing sounds so our oldest met her baby sister first, then everyone else.

It was a wonderful experience.

8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
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    8Theresa Gould
    Yes, but it was the middle of the night and I'm not real loud until I get to the pushing part, so they all slept through home birth one and two. Home birth three was all day so Grandma took them outside, to the park, etc.
    About Theresa Gould
    Current: Chicago, Illinois
    Birth: August 10
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    ***Baby Team Leader Moms.com*** I have been married for over 20 years. My husband and I have eight children ages 18 down to 4 years old. We use to live in Chicago but now live in Canada. I own www.FaithandFamilyReviews.com.