I want to preface my home birth experience by letting you know that my intent in sharing my experience is so that others can know that IT CAN be done, with a positive outcome for mom and baby, despite the pain of it. That being said, I don’t believe in sugar coating anything, and although there are people with quick and calm home births, that isn’t the experience for everyone. I definitely felt calmer than I did at the hospital and remembering why I chose a home birth is why I chose to birth at home a second time (if you haven’t read my first home birth experience, you can read it here: http://sheabuttersunshinesarcasm.com/my-all-natural-home-water-birth-experience/). My experience is definitely not representative of home births as a whole, so please keep that in mind as you read my story.
December 2nd. That was the date I had in my head since being around 3 or 4 months pregnant with my baby girl. My fourth child. The official due date we were assigned by the OBGYN was November 30th, but my other three children had all been late. Why not her too? My first two were each exactly a week late while my third born was 2 days late. Maybe this fourth baby would be like my third born and only be 2 days late too. I was hopeful. Around the 31 week mark of the pregnancy I began to think she would not be late, but rather early, as I dealt with preterm labor. Shortly after hitting the 37 week mark, I got extremely sick and remained quite ill for 2 weeks, even losing my voice for most of the duration. During this time, the preterm labor stopped. My midwife said this can happen when you get really sick. How glorious. The only good thing that came of the sickness. When my due date came and went, the date of December 2nd came back to mind. If nothing else, I was going to try to get things going on December 2nd.