Momma’s Little Baby was Born at Home

| 9/2/2011 3:29:12 PM

Image by Stefano Ferrario from Pixabay 

There are two things I know about birth. The first is that it is and always will be a woman’s world. The second is that I will never have any idea what women go through when they deliver a baby.  January 2, 2011, was the most amazing day of my life. It trumps my wedding, meeting my wife, discovering Stevie Ray Vaughn and it even trumps watching Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers play three hours of music I can sing every word to. It was the day my wife and I had a nine-hour hug. 

It started at 9 a.m. My wife went into labor while we were both at work. I left work after finishing up a call and we drove the 30-minute drive home, where we had planned a home birth.  Now that sounds nice and calm and peaceful. She was having contractions every two minutes for 30 seconds each, and I was driving 100 miles per hour hoping that a cop would pull me over just so that I could say, “Officer I am sorry, but my wife is having a baby.” 

Once we got home I realized that the midwife’s instructions to set the birth pool up at 38 weeks was not the best of advice, considering my wife was currently at 37 weeks and the pool wasn’t set-up yet.  So once the midwife arrived she coached Lisa through the contractions while I frantically worked to set this pool up. Everything went together great until I started emptying the hot water heater into the pool. We got about 3 inches of hot water when the water heater ran cold. Fail!

The Boy Scouts who are reading this are thinking, “Way to be prepared!” Our midwife let me coach Lisa while she prepared about 40 pots of hot water on the stove. Finally we had enough water so that Lisa could get some relief from the warm water. We spent three hours prepping the pool and Lisa spent about one hour in it. I don’t dare judge though, as far as I was concerned she could labor anywhere she wanted.

After nine hours at home our son was born right in the middle of my bed. He was pink, breathing, and had ten fingers and ten toes. Everything a father wants to see in his newly born child. We had a wonderful family experience and shared something that I think is more special than anything my wife and I have ever shared: We shared a nine-hour hug. Most couples I’ve met have not had such a pleasure, for this is not an ordinary hug. I didn’t do anything during this hug other than hug, and tell my wife she is the most amazing woman in the world.

t brandt
9/5/2011 6:06:09 AM

To bring a little science to the discussion: a Cochrane review of the medical literature suggests there are no statistically significant differences in outcomes when hospital/OB assisted births are compared to midwife/home births.

9/4/2011 9:45:32 PM

I am a woman who have had children in the hospital and have regretted not having the opportunity to do home births. I am also a nurse and have realized that all the advice given to woman during pregnancies about birthing options from OBGYN's have been mostly incorrect. I commend your wife for doing a home birth and hail you for being the supporting spouse she needed you to be. I think that your voice will fill a void, and hopefully will provide accurate unbaised advice.

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