Birth Story of Nathalia Christine Part 2

| 8/24/2012 4:32:24 PM

 Nathalia birthExpecting our third child any day, I went into labor the afternoon of July 27th. Almost 12 hours of labor later, everything came to a stop. Hourly contractions would bring me to my knees the entire weekend and I was starting to lose all trust that I had in my body and the birthing process. On the night of July 30th at 10:30 pm, my water broke in bed. This is Part 2 of Nathalia's Birth Story

After my water broke I reached over and grabbed my phone and sent texts to my friends and our photographer, called my mother, and then called the midwife’s assistant. The plan was to give her a call and she would come over and call the Midwife when it was getting close to time for me to push. She asked me on the phone “Do you feel the urge to push?”. I laughed. Of course not! I was only 4 cm. That was silly to think I would be ready to push out a baby. 

10 minutes later, I was ripping off my underwear and jumping into my birth pool that was barely 3 inches full of water yelling “I’m pushing! Oh my god! Clément! I think my body is pushing!”. I was shaking and scared. This was all happening way too fast. I felt lost. I didn’t know what to do or what to think and the start of every contraction made me curse like a sailor because I dreaded feeling my body pushing without me doing anything. I felt like I wasn’t in control and it was maddening. In an attempt to calm me down Clement sat by the side of the pool and suggested that we talk about boys names. The look I gave him made it pretty clear that now was not the time to debate baby names. We had 9 months to do that!

Our birth photographer arrived first since she lived right up the street from us. I feared that she would have to help us deliver this baby because it was progressing faster than expected. She sat on our bed and captured contractions, tears, and reassuring kisses between Clement and I . I’m so very grateful for her being there. We were childhood friends, and now she was here to share in this beautiful moment with us. A moment that was fleeting and needed to be captured and celebrated over and over.

I knew I had to work with my body if this was going to happen in a way that I wanted, peacefully. I looked up at my prayer flags hanging above my birth altar and saw the words “trust” and “surrender”. I had to release all control over this situation and trust that my body knew what it was doing and that it was working beautifully with my baby. I had to surrender to each contraction and let my body push. My fear was in the unknown. Not knowing what was happening inside of me. I reached inside and felt my baby’s head. I kept my hand there through every contraction, feeling my body open up, every muscle contracting and pushing my baby further down without me needing to do a single thing. Everything went from being scary to absolutely beautiful. My body was experiencing all of this, and I was touching my baby, feeling them inch closer to being in my arms.

The assistant arrived and quickly checked the baby’s heart beat. I felt a sense of relief when I heard the pitter patter of a strong little heartbeat. This was all happening so fast that I was unsure if baby was ok because I hadn’t felt the baby kick or move, other than moving down the birth canal. I told the assistant that I was pushing and that the baby was coming. She called the Midwife, but we both knew that this baby was coming now and that she was going to have to do this on her own…for the first time.

12/19/2012 5:17:26 AM

Wonderful story and beautiful name...though I could be biased because I am Natalie Christine

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